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Area Study Workshop: This is a 1-day course.  Students will learn the foundations of intelligence by planning, researching, and preparing an Area Study of the Area of Operations. Students will gain knowledge and experience in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), reconnaissance, and critical thinking and analysis. Come get started on your Area Study with Gray Zone Activity and Forward Observer. Always out front...


  • Within the modern gun culture, a lot of emphasis is placed upon the acquiring of firearms and static weapons manipulation. Even within the survivalist community there is an inflated importance levied on the acquisition of those tools versus understanding the proper employment of force within a dynamic and evolving situation. This highlights the need for realistic training that forces you to solve complex problems while in a stressful scenario. The adage of “Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to your level of training” is applicable. It is safe to assume that thankfully most of us have never been in a gun fight. It is because of this there is not an appreciation of the physiological nor psychological impacts of the natural adrenal response. Quite frankly, you don’t know what you don’t know. Get ready for a closer look with " The Survival Brain"


Lesson Purpose:    To instruct Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel. Law Enforcement, and other personnel with first response capability in the basic fundamentals of man tracking a person in a wilderness environment during both day and nighttime conditions.


Training Objectives: At the end of this block of instruction. the student will be familiar with the basic fundamentals of tracking a human to attempt to follow the route taken by a subject from the last known position (LKP) by locating tracks, 'sign:· and other route disturbances left by subject in passing.


l. Familiarization with tracking terms.

2. Locate and identity sign in both day and night hours to find a starting point to begin tracking.

3. Provide tracking knowledge and procedures in order for the student to enhance and practice their tracking skills on their own.

4 Demonstrate the use of the tracking stick/sign cutting stick in determining track size, stride of the subject, determine a direction of travel and lost track procedures.

5. Familiarization with handling evidence, scent preservation, and K-9.

6· Demonstrate the ability to look and see ground sign, aerial sign, and blood sign in both day and nighttime conditions and describe the information obtained from sign.

7. Familiarization with the use and contents of the SAR pack.

8. Demonstrate Tracking Team formations and team member duties.

9. Familiarization with Evasive subjects, (Children and Sick people). and tactics used to track and locate the Lost Subject.


Materials Required: Pen or pencil/ Note Pad/ Flash Light/ 42'' Tracking Stick/ 48 inch

measuring tape/ Flagging Tape. water and snacks. suitable clothing for

the weather, small day pack.

$150 per student.

Note: We will be using Dummy Rounds during certain drills. It is recommended that you bring a minimum of 9 dummy rounds for your Pistol. These dummy rounds can be purchased from Amazon or anywhere else on the web. Don’t waste you money on Snap Caps; just get cheap Dummy rounds, and mark them with your initials. We will have Dummy Rounds to RENT for $5 each at the course. You get your money back at the end, when you turn them back in.

This course covers the basics of Pistol marksmanship, but is not a “basic” course. We will cover the following subjects:

  • Weapons Safety & Manipulation

  • Combat Mindset

  • Fundamentals of Pistol Marksmanship  

  • 4-Step Draw and Presentation

  • Speed Reload / Tac Reload

  • Techniques of Tactical Shooting

  • Trigger Control

  • Immediate and Remedial Action               

  • Physiological Effects of Combat Stressors

  • Multiple-target Indexing              

  • Strong Hand & Support Hand Shooting        

  • Threat identification

  • Subconscious Mind & Muscle-Memory

  • Follow Though

  • Precision Sight Alignment for Long-Range

  • Shooting while Moving

  • Care and Cleaning of the Handgun

  • Dry-Fire Drills

Again, this is NOT a “basic firearms” course; it is not a “competition shooting” course; it is not a “concealed carry” course. However, these training techniques will help you with both competition and concealed carry. That said, it is geared towards survival on the modern battlefield, using your own pistol and your own gear.



Serviceable pistol of at least 9mm caliber

Minimum of 3 serviceable magazines

Minimum of 1 double magazine pouch

Eye and Ear protection

Serviceable holster

300 rounds of ammunition


This course is designed for shooters who truly want to learn the art of combat shooting. Training will focus mainly on “Close Quarters Battle” distances of 50 meters and within. Whether it is a civilian training for home/property defense or a LE/military member wanting to hone combat skills; this course will enlighten all skill levels with hard-learned techniques current taught to SOF operators. Attendees are encouraged to attend the “Combat Pistol 101” course, conducted day prior, if they want to brush up their marksmanship skills before this advanced course. We will cover the following subjects:

Note: We will be using Dummy Rounds during certain drills. It is recommended that you bring a minimum of 9 dummy rounds for your Pistol and 9 dummy rounds for your Rifle. These dummy rounds can be purchased from Amazon or anywhere else on the web. Don’t waste you money on Snap Caps; just get cheap Dummy rounds, and mark them with your initials. We will have Dummy Rounds to RENT for $5 each at the course. You get your money back at the end, when you turn them back in.

  •   Weapons Safety & Manipulation

  •   Combat Mindset

  •   Techniques of Tactical Shooting

  •   Recoil Management

  •   Advanced Pistol Marksmanship                

  •   Speed Reload / Tac Reload

  •   Immediate and Remedial Action

  •   Transition Drills

  •   Physiological Effects of Combat Stressors                             

  •   Multiple-target Indexing

  •   One-handed Pistol Reloads          

  •   Threat identification

  •   Subconscious Mind & Muscle-Memory

  •   Barricades

  •   Rifle Backup Sights / Red Dots / CQC Variables         

  •   Shooting while Moving

  •   Low-Light / No-Light Shooting                   

  •   Dry-Fire Drills


o   Serviceable pistol of at least 9mm caliber

o   Minimum of 3 pistol magazines

o   Minimum of 1 double pistol magazine pouch

o   Eye and Ear protection

o   Serviceable holster

o   300 rounds of pistol ammunition

o   9 Dummy Rounds for each Weapon (We will have these to Rent)

o   Serviceable carbine (9mm, 45ACP, 5.56mm, or 7.62x39mm)

o   Minimum of 4 rifle magazines

o   Minimum of 1 magazine pouch or suitable method to carry spare magazines

o   Sling – suitable for a variety of shooting positions – tactical style preferred

o   500 rounds of rifle ammunition (NO STEEL CORE)

o   Rifle-mounted Flashlight

o   Hand-held Flashlight

o   Headlamp


*This is NOT a concealed carry permit class

  • This two day course will get you well on your way to being confident in carrying your pistol. All on the range. We’ll start off with some marksmanship and presentation from the holster then move on to movement and flinch shooting skills, as well as elevated heart rate and stress drills to make it all come to life. In addition, we will cover some open hand skills necessary to create the distance/time needed to get to your weapon. This is NOT your normal sit and get bored in the classroom then maybe shoot a mag and leave kind of class. These are two long days of work for your feet, hands and mind to make sure you’ve got what it takes to confidently carry.

  • Inside the Waistband (IWB) and Outside the Waistband (OWB) Holsters are allowed for this Course.

  • Shoulder Holsters are NOT Allowed during this course.

  • Serviceable Pistol with 3 magazines, Eye Pro & Ear Pro (Electronic Ear Pro recommended)

  • 300rds of ammo (maximum)

  • All attendees must bring a T-Shirt, Sweatshirt and Light Jacket to the range, regardless of weather conditions; as these will be used as cover garments.

  1. Course Prerequisite:  All attendees should be able to properly and SAFELY draw from whatever Concealment Holster they plan on bringing to the course.


Most of our ancestors wore buckskins on a daily basis, whether they were working class or part of the elite class. Buckskins were as common as blue jeans are in modern times. Societies from all over the world made and wore buckskins, including Africa, Asia, Russia, South America and North America. Buckskin clothing will outlast any material you can buy in stores today, and will probably outlast you and can be passed down to the next generation! Come and connect with your ancestors by learning this ancient skill. Our class is a 3 day class which takes you through the entire process of transforming deer skins into buckskins that are velvety soft, supple, light and strong. You'll go home with the buckskin you make during the class. Brain tanning animal hides is an ancestral skill used to turn hides into velvet-soft, usable material which was then used to make clothing, containers, etc. Once the meat, hair and grain are scraped from the hide, the brains from the animal are used to form a solution with oil and water. The fats in the brain absorb into the hide, coating the fibers and are worked until the hide is dry. The hide is then smoked, which preserves the skin for long term use. We teach the wet scrape method and you'll learn these steps: 

  • Fleshing

  • Bucking

  • Graining

  • Rinsing

  • Membraning

  • Neutralizing

  • Wringing

  • Braining

  • Softening

  • Smoking 

We provide the hides, fleshing beams, scraping knives and brain solution for tanning the hides. You'll need to bring a waterproof apron, and waterproof gloves. If you don't have a suitable apron, you can use a trashbag instead. Dish gloves will work but some like this would be best: gloves. Also bring shoes and clothes that can get dirty.


The class fee is $385. Deadline to sign up and pay is April 22nd, 2024 to ensure that we have enough time to properly prepare the hides for students. Minimum age in 18. Maximum of 10 students. 

Refund Policy: Refunds will only be issued as a credit towards another class and will be good for up to one year from the date of the originally purchased class. Credit for classes cannot be used toward merchandise purchases.


ATTENTION: This course will be happening on the Wednesday and Thursday before the Mountain Readiness Festival at that same site in North Carolina

Guest Instructor: Carley Stover

2 Days/1 Night

$225.00 excluding $15.00 camping fee to be paid in person upon arrival



Survival Medicine: Remedies and Craft of the Mesic Temperate Forest is a course designed to encourage participants to develop a deeper understanding of treelore and the resources available to them in the fields of bushcraft and survival. This class is catered towards students from all skill levels and no experience is required. Students will grow a sense of how to harvest various materials from their woodland environment for numerous means. Each day participants will learn to positively identify a handful of trees and build on that knowledge with hands-on experience in preparing medicine or food, as well as fire or craft such as cordage and containers from the individual trees they identify. Students will walk away with a couple of handcrafted projects and a deeper understanding of the forest in how certain trees cater towards a particular medicine, craft or skill over others.


Projects may include burn bowls, shrinkpot containers, and basketry amongst salves and tinctures from plant materials we will learn how to positively identify from our surroundings.


Examples include making iodine, pine tar, cherry bark cough syrup, and more!


Gear List:

Fixed Blade Knife for Camp Projects, Folding Saw, Combination Tool such as a Leatherman or SAK, Pruning Shears for Camp Projects, 2 Stainless steel tins with enclosed lids (2 Altoids tins will work fine), 1 haversack or foraging pouch, 1 pair of gloves for camp chores


Recommended Items: Sleep system (Tent/Hammock), Headlamp with Spare Batteries, Proper Clothing for Season and Weather, Leather Gloves, Cookware for personal meals, food/snacks, Hygiene items, Notebooks and Pencils, Any Foraging or Identification Books, and Combustion Devices

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