Certified Firearms Simulator Course for Actors: Credibility on the Screen

Certified Firearms Simulator Course for Actors: Credibility on the Screen




  • A brief demonstration on police handcuffing technique has been added. 

  • Additional film producers have expressed interest and may join us.

“Know What You’re Doing!  Be the best you can be on screen”

“Producers, directors and actors bear a huge responsibility when firearms are used in their film and television projects.  Most actors have no idea how to properly hold a firearm, much less operate it safely and believably.  Too many fans emulate what they see on TV and at the movies, and most actors display very poor, very dangerous gun handling ‘technique’ on screen.  Please!  Don’t be the cause of people being injured or worse because they copy your on-screen mistakes!” 

 Believability and Credibility On Screen!  Firearms Training for Film and Television

 An Intensive and Totally Safe Hands-On Workshop for Actors, Producers and Directors 
 Sunday, February 3, 2019:  10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
The David Wells Studio
13273 Ventura Blvd #104
Studio City, CA 91604

The Northeast Corner of Ventura Blvd. and Fulton Avenue: Mid-way between Coldwater Cyn and Woodman Ave., basically next door to Casa Vega in Studio City 

 Very Limited Seating – Limited to a Maximum of 15 Attendees 

 What’s Included:

  • 4 Hours of Exceptional Individualized Professional Instruction

  • The use of our newest laser pistols and all simulator equipment

  • A personalized Certificate of Completion 

  • A $25.00 Gift Certificate

  • An informative booklet created for you by the instructors

  • Exclusive online videos to reinforce and expand upon what you’ll learn during the workshop

  • And a lot more that we’ll announce during the class including a prize drawing

 What You’ll Learn:

  • Firearm Safety (Incredibly Important)

  • Shooting fundamentals (Stance, Grip, Sight Alignment, Trigger Control, etc.)

  • Drawing from the holster and drawing from concealment

  • Presenting the firearm (from holster to rounds on target)

  • The effects of stress (what your gun-handling character is experiencing)

    • Tunnel Vision, Auditory Exclusion, Loss of Cognitive Thought and Analytical Ability

    • Time Distortion, Loss of Focus, Loss of Fine Motor Skills, etc.

  • Accurate shot placement: Aiming and Point Shooting

  • Reloading/Changing Magazines 

  • Firing from various positions

  • Clearing malfunctions

  • Precision shooting

  • One-handed shooting – strong and weak hand

  • Eye dominance – learn whether you’re right eye or left eye dominant (and what that means)

  • Shooting on the move including while advancing and retreating

  • Shooting positions – standing, kneeling, prone, barricade

  • Lots of individual laser pistol firing for accuracy and technique

  • Insight into the mindset of law enforcement, criminals, and armed citizens

  • Simulation that will evaluate and time your shots, magazine changes, etc.

  • And a lot more! 

Well over 60% of all film and television projects involve firearms!

Let’s face it.  Virtually everyone in the film and television industry will be involved with projects that include firearms as a part of their story.  We all acknowledge that believability is necessary to capture and hold the audience’s attention.  Believability is lost when an actor displays an absence of even basic firearms knowledge.  Not only is it necessary to know how to properly and safely handle a firearm, we believe that it is the duty of all involved to educate and potentially save the lives of fans who would emulate what they saw on the screen.

We are offering a professionally-taught, fast-paced 4-hour course on safe and proper handgun technique for the industry.  Everyone attending will participate.  Whether you’re an expert marksman or someone who has never touched a gun in your life, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as to how competent you will be by the end of the class. For those who may be thinking, “I don’t want to shoot a real gun,” that’s fine.  You don’t have to.  In fact, there will be no weapons of any kind at the workshop.  Yes, everyone will shoot. And no, there will not be any actual weapons present.  We will be using training “pistols” that are incapable of firing a projectile.  We will be using plastic handgun replicas and SIRT training pistols which “shoot” a very low-powered red laser dot.  Toward the end of the class, you will shoot a simulator that will visually show your speed and accuracy.  You’ll be surprised at all you have learned –  proper grip, stance, trigger control, sight alignment, aiming, sight picture, accuracy, moving and shooting, and a lot more. 

Let’s put it this way:  At the end of the 4-hour workshop, you won’t be embarrassed using a firearm in your next project; in fact, you’ll be proud when friends and fans see the film and ask, “Wow!  How many years have you been shooting?”

The main thing is that you and the film or TV project look really good and you set an outstanding, safe gun-handling example for all who watch.

We Never Know What Industry VIPs Will Drop By

Here are some photos from our July 15, 2018 event.  We were delighted to have producer-director-actor Al Burke sit in on the workshop.  Our friend producer-actor Kevyn Major Howard (“Rafterman” in “Full Metal Jacket“) dropped by unexpectedly and stayed for nearly an hour afterward talking with the actor, producer, and director “students.”  IMDB ranks Kevyn Major Howard in the upper 1/4th of 1% of entertainment industry professionals worldwide!


 Firearms Believability Onscreen?  Look no further!

Your professional instructors for this event include:

 Jim Long – (Confirmed)

USMC Sharpshooter /Expert Classification: Pistol and Machine Gun 
     NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
          Inland Training Certified Pistol Instructor
               Sheriff’s Firearms Training Center Instructor

Jim Long is an extraordinary firearms trainer.  Working within the criminal justice systems for much of his adult life, he has developed great patience along with a passion for teaching and encouraging people to be the best that they can possibly be.  He teaches and tests both civilians and law enforcement officers for their handgun handling proficiency.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more experienced instructor.  This man knows the innermost workings of the minds of the military, law enforcement, and the criminal element.  He has experienced it all.  He spent four years in the United States Marine Corps where he qualified as “Sharpshooter” and “Expert” for weapons including Pistol and Machine Gun.  From the USMC he went to work for the Arizona Department of Corrections where he worked with very troubled inmates.  He was additionally weapons qualified there.  For the past twelve years, Jim has worked with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.  There he works as a supervisor who is routinely “in the cell units.”   And, of course, Jim is one of the head instructors at the five-star-rated Inland Training Firearms Training School.

Acting tip:  If you are portraying a soldier, a law enforcement officer, or a depraved criminal, ask this patriotic gentleman about your character.  He has a long history and an intimate knowledge of the best of the best to the worst of the worst.  Spending just a short amount of time with him is an education and an insight that most actors never encounter.

As with the other instructors, Jim is incredibly serious when it comes to firearm safety.  He also brings a wonderful sense of humor to his training.  You’ll appreciate those qualities when he joins the instructional team on December 16th.

You can get a basic feel for his personality and sense of humor from a recent Inland Training Press Release


A very special guest: Scott Evers – (Tentative)

Based on his availability, there is a good possibility that we will be joined by an additional instructor for this event. FBI Firearms Instructor Scott Evers! It’s been over 30 years since he was sworn in as a reserve Deputy Sheriff. He served as a pilot in the aviation division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and became an instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy. In 1992 he became an FBI certified firearms instructor. He excelled as a “Use of Force” instructor. He wrote the course study manual for the Reserve Deputies Use of Firearms Program. Scott currently works in the Homicide Investigation Unit and is a partner in the 5-star rated Inland Training (“Bringing Law Enforcement Quality Firearms Training to Civilian Gun Owners”). He is an incredibly gifted and fascinating instructor. 



Rock Riddle – (Confirmed)

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
      NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
              Inland Training Certified Pistol Instructor
                               IDPA Competitive Shooter

Rock Riddle has hundreds of hours of professional instruction from some of the top firearms instructors in the country.  He is an active competitive shooter and instructor who has a passion for teaching.  You’ll find him on the range at least twice a week firing an average of 25,000 rounds per year.  “Until I reach perfection,” he says, smiling, “I’ll continue to train.”  

Rock also has over a third of a century and over 150,000 hours’ professional experience in the film and television industry.  His background includes:  Publicist and President of APS Entertainment/Hollywood Success Marketing & Public Relations, of course, as well as SAG Franchised Talent Agent and Agency Co-Owner, Personal Manager, Producer, Casting Director, Stunt Person, Talk Show Host, Film and Television Actor, and Amazon.com #1 Best-Selling Author (“How to Become a Magnet to Hollywood Success“) – not to mention his legend status as the original “Mr. Wonderful” of professional wrestling and 3-time Hall of Famer. 

Rock’s greatest talents include (1) his mastery in the marketing of entertainment industry professionals and (2) his amazing ability to motivate, inspire, and teach actors how to achieve and go beyond their  dreams.  On April 21, 2007, Rock was presented with the prestigious Reel Honoree Award, an award which is presented once a year to an individual who has made a difference in the entertainment industry. Past recipients of this award include Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson, James Cagney, David Carradine, Robert Conrad, Kirk Douglas, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney and others. Rock has dedicated the majority of his life to helping people achieve and live their dreams in the entertainment industry, and he is very proud of this honor.  


Bobbie T will be our “safety officer” for the class. 

She will be assisting, correcting mistakes and helping anyone who wants or needs more individual attention.

One or two additional highly qualified instructors may also be joining us for the event.  Introduce yourselves to the other students.  The class will consist of producers, directors and actors.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – We will do a brief introduction and begin at exactly 10:00 am.  We’ll be moving around, so please dress comfortably. It’s going to be an amazing event and experience!  See you there.