PAL Courses

THE BIG NEWS is that effective August 14th we will now be able to conduct firearm licensing courses (CFSC and CRFSC) in eastern Ontario. We will be starting our first new course September 12th & 13th of this year.

Due to COVID protocols which will all be in place we are restricting course enrollment to 6 candidates . We will be accepting applications for the back-to-back CFSC and CRFSC only for the next two courses.

We have a long list of people wishing to obtain their licensing so we encourage you to request your registration forms and get your fees in early.

Intro to Firearms:

We are planning to run this one day course on Saturday, August 22. See course description under Recreational Courses.


Since June 13 we are running all of our courses, but restricting attendance to a limit of 9 attendees and the instructor. We continue to follow all the corvid protocols.

New Course Protocols

Until provincial guidelines are changed the maximum number of participants will be limited to four attendees.  Four students and 1 instructor.   All students will be asked to maintain social distancing, 6 feet minimum, wear face masks and observe hand sanitizing.  We would ask everyone to avoid handling any one else’s gear or clothing.   If you don’t feel well please stay home.

Most of the above protocols are a requirement of the range management and part are ours as an abundance of caution.  We are concerned about the safety of those who attend as well as the continued health of the instructor.

Thank you to all for your attention to the above.

Tentative schedule to be published shortly.

Take care – David Burke

… and so it begins ….

Given the current situation we have identified some areas where those who are interested in furthering their firearms skills and experience can participate following all the current social guidelines.

We have established a ZOOM account where folks can log in to a designated session where they can observe and interact both physically and verbally with the instructor.  Students can actually demonstrate procedures and receive feedback.   An example would be someone demonstrating ACTS/PROVE and the instructor providing feedback.   Even other participants in the session could provide constructive feedback.    All that is required is a computer and an internet account.

What this allows us to do is cover the classroom portion of all our courses and then move on to some actual remote participation in various drills.

We are prepared to go on a shotgun course now and preparing to do pistol rifle courses online in the near future.
For more details, fees, times, and equipment required, please contact us at (647) 504-9834 or email us at

Meanwhile – please stay safe and healthy.
All the best,  David Burke

COVID-19 & The Fire Arms Training Industry

I have been reluctant to write this communique for some time. Partially because the immediate future is somewhat uncertain and also because on a personal basis I have had mixed reactions to both the situation and steps taken to address it.

First of all I hope this finds all of you in good health and as much as possible enjoying the enforced time off. In my opinion on a purely statistical basis the likelihood of contacting the virus is very small. That doesn’t for a moment suggest ignoring any of the health warnings; avoid unnecessary travel, stay home, maintain safe distance from others, wash hands frequently. I know you’ve heard it all before so it’s just a reminder.

ATC Courses

As you are no doubt aware all ranges have been closed as they are considered to be non essential services.

Going forward this pandemic will eventually pass. People will eventually want to continue their shooting hobbies, or to maintain their status as armed professionals. We are currently working towards an essential service status. This would enable us to provide essential training for armed security and law enforcement personnel. We would be looking to provide this training late in May or early June while continuing to follow all the safety protocols. Any civilian courses would follow the lifting of bans against non-essential services.

CFSC & CRFSC (PAL) Courses

All CFSC and CRFSC courses have been cancelled. Based on number of inquiries there will be a huge demand for these courses once the bans are lifted. My suggestion would be to contact us now if you have an interest in either of these courses. We will add your name to the list in priority based on when received. Once we are able to schedule courses we will contact you to determine your desired location, dates and method of payment. We anticipate doing courses in either Madoc or Peterborough. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO COMMITMENT.

Club Level Courses

As indicated above we will resume when the bans are lifted. We encourage everyone to indicate interests so we can better plan when the time is right.

Please reach out to us to discuss any issues or concerns you may have. In the meantime stay healthy, safe and in good spirits.
David Burke, Chief Instructor (647)504-9834

New Plans…

Hello all,

When the time is right ➡ ….  we plan to have our new schedule available.  We are also planning to have the site organized so that all candidates may automatically book for any of our courses.   Course fees will be available on each course description.   And – if enrollment is not sufficient for any given course, we will add those applicants to the next following scheduled course.   Naturally, ALL applicants will be advised in advance for any re-scheduling.

Many of our students have asked about the availability of private instruction.   We are pleased to advise that we can provide private instruction for all of our courses.  We can also provide weekday training for individuals and small groups.

Just give us a call or send an email to see what can be arranged.

All the best


Borden Holster Certification Course

Borden Holster Certification Course Nov 04/18

Spent an enjoyable and productive day at the Base Bordon Range guiding a group of RCMI pistol shooters through the mechanics and skills of action shooting .

The group was very responsive and receptive to the course material and performed exceptionally well in the practical aspects of the course.   The range facility was excellent and the lunch outstanding, one of the club members provided it, sorry I missed her name.   We had the added benefit of excellent assistance from Ian Rankin and Bruce Boyden.

Testimonials & Comments

Thought it was a good mix of classroom, dry practice, and range practice.  I also thought that Dave was an interesting speaker.  The individual review of each shooter’s technique in the classroom was a very good idea.

The range portion could have been a little more efficient if everyone had 4 mags (to reduce the number breaks for reloading.


The quality and the level of the course was very good.  The knowledge and experience of the instructor was excellent.


The three of us  talked about it and we  agreed that we now have a greater confidence  using a holster.  The gradual progression and the culmination of it with the very quick draw and shoot at the later stages was a great boost to showcase these new found skill levels.

The day went quicker than i thought and the amount of ammo seemed like a thousand rounds due to the shooting scenarios.  The minimal wasting of time between scenarios keeps you thinking and fresh.

The only thing I can think of would be setting up cones at the various distances to help speed things up.

Please pass our appreciation to Dave for upping our skill levels on holster use.


My suggestion would be to spend less time on holster (enough to assure instructor that class is safe) and more on rules, practice and process eg speed and movement related specifically to IDPA.

It was a wonderful day, thank you so much for organizing it for us.

I now have a lot more confidence when using a holster.


Perhaps a bit more scoring would be nice.  That way you can do one of the scenarios and score it at the beginning of the shoot and then do the same scenario at the end of the day to see how much you’ve improved throughout the day.



Available Accommodation in the CQB Training Area

The following accommodation facilities are listed in according to their distance from our training facility and the range.

The Unconvential Moose    

Distance:            Approx 5 minutes

Rates:                    Single room       $79.00  1 bed       (1 or 2)

Double                 $89.00  2 beds    (2 or 3)    $40.00 per person per night


Review:               Closest to the training facilities, clean accommodation, only 2 room available.

Location:             108575 Hwy # 7 Tweed ON K0K 3J0

Contact:              (613) 478.2562


The Park Place Motel

Distance:             Approx 10 min

Rates:                   2 double beds  (shared accommodation for 2) $85

Review:               Convenient location, clean, walking distance to stores, restaurants etc.

Location:             43 Victoria S. Tweed ON

Contact:              613-478-3134

Madoc Motel

Distance:             Approx 10 min

Rates:                   Single $55.00 at last review

Review:                              Clean & basic

Location:             Hwy 62 just south of Hwy 7

Contact:              (613) 473-0261


Spotted Dog B &B

Distance:             Approx 10 min

Rates:                   Single $60, Double $80.00,  Triple $100.00

Rooms    1/         1 Queen 1Twin    2 people shared accommodation   $40.00 ea

Rooms  2/          1 Queen                 single

Room    3/          1 queen 2 Twins    3 adults shared accommodation  $34.00 ea

Review:               Best rates based on shared accommodation and superb breakfasts

Location:             301 St Lawrence Street West  Madoc K0K 2K0

Contact:              613-473-2131    


Moonlight Motel

Distance:             Approx 42 min

Rates:                   Single, queen, $79.00

Double 2 queens $109.00  (Shared occupancy $54.00)

Review:               Clean newly constructed, spacious parking, longest distance from training facility

Location:             6160 Hwy 7E Havelock,ON K0L 1Z0

Contact:              (705) 778-3332



a/           based on at least 2 per room shared accommodation the daily cost is approx $40 or less.  4 nights works out to $160.00 plus tax or $180 all in.

b/           we suggest you book a double occupancy room as soon as you have confirmed dates for a course.   You can always cancel later.

c/           you can usually negotiate better rates in the off season

d/           for larger groups we may be able to negotiate a special group rate.

e/           all rates above are the location published rates.  Usually better rates can be established especially with longer stays

f/            the area is popular so we strongly recommend getting your bookings in early.

g/           there are other B&B’s and motels in the area which you may wish to check on.


Courses Schedule

Course Schedule for CQB Firearms Training Associates

October 16th through December 31st, 2017

Holster Certification                                     Thursday 19th & Friday 20th  October

Firearm Intro                cancelled                 Saturday 21st 

Range Safety Officer                                    Saturday 21st                           October

Combined Course        Tac Rifle/Shotgun   Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th    November

Range Safety Officer                                     Saturday 18th                            November

Class Training Center                                    Sunday 19th                               November

Holster Certification                                        Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th    November

There are no further classes scheduled until beginning of year.   Individual or small group classes may be scheduled for week days up to November 30th.  For additional details please see web site or contact David at

CQB Training Announcement

A new beginning!

We are pleased to announce a brand new training classroom for all our courses.  The new classroom is conveniently located just five minutes from our range facility.  Opening date is November 1, 2017.  It will provide all the training tools and AV equipment for course presentations in a relaxed and peaceful environment.   The ideal setting for optimum learning.

While the location is a 2.5 to 3 hour distance from the Metro area, there are several offsetting features/benefits to consider.

a.  Readily available, economical accommodation

b. Ideal learning/training environment

c.  Distance from day-to-day issues providing a better opportunity for highly focused training

d.  Cost effective fee structure compares total course cost favorably to alternative training course fees.

e.  Range & classroom rentals are included in the reasonable course fees.

f.  Caliber of instruction produces the results clients are looking for.

Please note we are prepared to provide authorized instructors for   ATC courses at a range of your choice.   Under these circumstances it is the clients’ responsibility to arrange the details with the appropriate range.  CQB Firearms Training Associates is fully insured.