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    Youth-only Courses Returning to Line Up

    We have decided to bring back Youth-only non-restricted (CFSC) courses for the summer of 2023, to encourage more young people to get involved in shooting sports and teach safe, responsible firearm handling to the next generation. Our first such course will be on June 24 at our regular training venue, the Homewood Suites by Hilton – Toronto/Mississauga. The 8+ hour course will cater to youths aged 12-17, offering plenty of patient hands on practical handling and smaller, lighter youth-sized firearms such as the Savage 64FXP, and the Henry .22 lever action. We run our courses in a quiet, comfortable meeting room easily accessed from the lobby of the hotel venue.…

  • Shooter trying to remove hot case from shirt in live range

    Safe Handling Fail: Hot Brass Can Cause Injuries

    When hot brass cases fall down your shirt, they can cause you to “flinch” and point the muzzle in an unsafe direction. That happened with life changing consequences to an individual on a shooting range recently. In a video shared by Active Self Protection on their YouTube channel, a lone shooter had a hot brass case bounce and fall down the back of their loose-fitting T-shirt. The result was nearly tragic, as seen in this video (age-restricted video, click “Watch on YouTube” to view). The Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC) discusses this danger in its module on “Safe Handling and Carrying of Non-Restricted Firearms” – though the same danger exists…

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    Bringing Firearms to the US

    A question that is often asked in our CFSC/CRFSC classes is “can I bring a firearm into the US?”  The simple answer is: yes, you can! Canadians who lawfully own firearms may apply for a permit to temporarily import firearms into the US for certain valid purposes.  Generally, those purposes are hunting, and to attend a competitive shooting event or gun show.  In the recent past, applicants completing the ATF Form 6NIA, the form required for temporary import, would have to provide proof of one of these authorized activities.

  • News Releases,  Training

    Restricted Course Age Policy Change

    The Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for Ontario has announced a change in the age policy for students wishing to take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course.  This policy change took effect on July 17, 2015, and has been communicated to all certified Ontario firearms instructors through the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO). All students who wish to take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC), and the related exam, must now be at least 18 years of age in order to do so.  Previously, a student could take the course, but not the test, regardless of age, and they could take the test once they were within 6…