In The News

Confusion reigns supreme on the new proposed legislation under Bill C 21.  As you are no doubt aware this Bill calls for a complete ban on the sale of handguns in Canada.

Regrettably those who proposed the changes did not take into consideration the consequences.  So, in this writer’s opinion there will likely be substantial changes to the proposals as they exist at the moment even if the Bill gets past parliament.

In the meantime, do you take the CRFSC course for a license to purchase a handgun?
Good question.  We asked the same question of our FSESO organization and the response direct from the  CFO was  Business as Usual!

So until we hear different we will continue to offer the CRFSC  course.  Regardless of BILL C21 approval or not by taking the course, you have at least grandfathered yourself into a position for approval.  Worst outcome is you’ve lost your course fee ($170.00) plus a half day of your time.

The other area of concern is handgun availability.  Most dealers are sold out or almost sold out.  A suggestion might be to consider making arrangements to have a handgun laid away for you.

Please check here periodically for updates.

⇔Take care,  David Burke

PAL Participation

We have had several people join us for PAL courses who travelled from the Ottawa area.  The comments we are hearing is that all the Ottawa courses are booked full until mid to late summer.

Why wait that long?

We have at least 1 course booked every month in Madoc (2 hours away) and generally have some open spots.  We also suggest talking to us about a group plan for your local area.

We welcome participants from any locality in the province.

Yours for safe and enjoyable firearms participation.

⇔Take care,  David Burke

General Information for PAL Courses (CFSC & CRFSC)

While our base course venue is located in Madoc we conduct courses throughout the province.  We will deliver the firearms courses in any acceptable venue assuming the student numbers are adequate to justify the delivery costs.   For those who may wish to organize a group, please contact us for details.

Demand is very strong and we would encourage any who have been considering acquiring the licenses to book a course soonest.   Should you wish to be placed on a notification list, please send us an e-mail at  and we will text or email you updates.

⇔Take care,  David Burke

COVID Update  #2

Not unexpected is the following announcement from FSESO.  New provincial guidelines will shortly be in place with regard to gatherings.

As a result of this change, all CFSC and CRFSC courses and examinations will be suspended across the Province of Ontario effective 12:01 am January 5, 2022, until further notice.

This change will last a minimum of 21 days (until at least January 26, 2022).

⇔ Take care,   David Burke

COVID Update  #1

Based on regulations in place effective December 20th maximum numbers allowed for a private gathering is 10.   This allows us to have 9 persons plus the instructor

For our PAL courses.   We continue to practice all the COVID protocols, masking, hand sanitizing, temperature readings, distancing and self-assessment questionnaires.

Please check periodically for the most current updates.

Take care & have a Merry Christmas  – David Burke

New Program

Five holster certified shooters participated in an Advanced Pistol Training course yesterday (Aug.28).  Judging by the comments it was enjoyed by all and most expressed the idea we should make this a regular monthly event.

The original idea was to create a shooting opportunity for both members and non-members alike, which is what happened with 3 non-members and two members.

We spent the morning working on basic skills and the afternoon was devoted to running various staged scenarios to allow the participants to utilize the skills worked on in the morning. Most stages were run at least twice and scores improved considerably on second run. In addition to improved scores the exercise allowed the participants to experience a certain degree of match pressure. The fee was kept low at $75.00 for the day.  Next month’s event will be Sunday, September 26th, 9:30 am.
Take care – David Burke

How to turn your Sunday morning Sideways!

A recent incident serves to highlight at least a couple of important considerations when transporting your firearms to and from the range.

The incident: One of our students was driving to the range to attend a firearm course. He was stopped by an OPP officer for speeding. Not a good idea, speeding that is. In discussion with the officer he indicated he had firearms. Apparently, the officer proceeded to open his vehicle door and demand to see them.

Our student complied and on examination all was in order, except the handgun , trigger locked and locked in a soft case was not acceptable to the officer. The officer said it should have been in a hard case and that that he did not have a proper ATT. At which point the pistol and all the student’s paperwork was confiscated and taken to the station.

Once I was notified of the situation I went to the station and produced our letter from the CFO stating that transportation to and from a gun club was part of the firearm’s licence. At first the officer did not want to accept this and possibly inferred it wasn’t valid. We left to pick up a hard case and, on our return, all paperwork and handgun were returned to the student forthwith.

Some of the takeaways from this are:

1/  Be sure to keep a copy of the RCMP Brochure [ Form CFP 1238 EF (2012/101) V3 ] with you or in a separate portfolio from the guns. Most police officers don’t know the gun laws!

2/  To the best of my knowledge when requested to show your guns on a roadside stop you are within your legal rights to insist on going to a police station before showing an officer your firearms.

3/  The current rule for transporting a restricted firearm is : empty, rendered inoperable i.e. trigger locked, and locked in a case. RCMP Brochure Form [ Form CFP 1238 EF (2012/101) V3 ]

4/  Don’t Speed

Good News!!

As you may know the province has seen fit to allow shooting ranges to open for outdoor activities.  Following all the appropriate protocols, we will be offering one day classes in outdoor (on the range) venues.

Depending on enrollment we will be offering classes on the following topics:

  • Intro to Firearms
  • Range Safety Officer
  • Holster Certification
  • Shotgun 101
  • Rifle 101
  • Pistol Advanced
  • Security Guard Advanced

With the exception of ‘Range Safety Officer’, course fees will be $189.00 and courses will be limited to maximum of 4 students and a minimum of 3.

With the limited enrollment there will be ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the instructor.

Please check the calendar for dates.   In the meantime feel free to contact us expressing your interest in one or more of the courses.   We will update you as soon as we post a schedule.

Take care and stay safe.

Breaking News!

FSESO has just advised us that by directive from the CFO all Pal courses are cancelled until at least July 26th, 2021..   We regret having to advise you on this information but unfortunately it is clearly beyond our control.

We hope to run a small course sometime after the 26th for those who have patiently stood by us during these troubling times.  Should those who have prepaid wish to receive their course fees returned , please advise –  we understand.

We wish you all health and prosperity.

New From CQB Services!

With the new year we are pleased to introduce a new service under the CQB banner,


For the past 12 years I have been actively involved in the security industry as an ATC trainer, security consultant and participant in both static armed security and armed cash and transit.

With this background and the current economic climate it seemed like an ideal time to provide hands on protection for real estate property.    Break ins and thefts are increasing at a dramatic rate.  Break- ins in Ottawa are reported to have increased 70% since the initial lock down.   While we don’t have stats for all areas it seems reasonable to assume that this is fairly consistent throughout the province.

Whether it’s a cottage or your primary residence it likely represents one of your largest assets.  It makes sense to utilize the added protection our service can provide.

Our basic service provides weekly property checks.  This includes a perimeter walk around check of doors and windows for signs of intrusion, look for tracks in winter and a scan of any outbuildings.  Property conditions are considered and if maintenance is required owner is advised.  Police will be advised of any sign of forced entry.   A digital report will be provided for each visit.   All visits are made by uniformed staff who are licensed and insured.  Vehicles are marked.   The basic service includes a sign or window sticker indicating the property is protected by RSS.

While this service does not provide 7/24 coverage it does give thieves pause to consider as these checks are done on a random basis.   Most break in criminals are looking for easy targets, your added efforts will discourage them.

Additional services can include more frequent checks.   We can also provide 7/24 coverage, property management, and personal checks for shut-ins.

For questions or inquiries about additional services please call at 647-504-9834.

New Course Protocols

Until provincial guidelines are changed the maximum number of participants will be limited to three attendees.  Three 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 ….

We are planning to 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 certain courses.

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

ATC Courses and Re-Qualification are now considered essential services. We are able to secure range time based on a maximum three participants plus the instructor and based on operating with all the COVID Protocols.   As you are no doubt aware all ranges have been closed as they are considered to be 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,

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


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.  Closed until further notice.  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.