“I came to the Basic Pistol Class apprehensive about guns and left confident and able to shoot comfortably. Marie’s emphasis on safety and quiet assurance put me at ease. In their small group format, Bruce and Marie provide individual attention with plenty of hands-on training and dry practice. This makes for a positive experience when you finally get to the range”
~Andrea D. Sudbury, MA (Basic Pistol)
“Home invasions usually don’t end well. This great class tells you how to survive one physically, emotionally and legally. Great instructors!”
~B. H. Wellesley, MA (Personal Protection in the Home)
"The S2 Alpha course was not only intense and comprehensive, but also extremely enjoyable. Our instructors, Bruce and Marie, were knowledgeable, attentive and professional. The classroom instruction, including several video clips, was highly informative and the shooting range practice was an invaluable predicate to my shooting test on Moon Island. I am quite certain I would not have been as successful in obtaining my LTC without the exceptional tutoring of the S2 Alpha team."
~Dennis H. Boston, MA (Basic Pistol)
"Safety first; safety throughout. I was looking for a class that would provide the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of firearms and also provide basic hands-on training in a secure setting. Bruce and Marie provided that and more. Their assurance, patience and skill both in class and on the range were spot-on. This class is perfect for those new to firearms and those seeking to refresh their basic skills." ~Louise W. Plymouth, MA (Basic Pistol
"Prior to taking Bruce and Marie's class, I had limited experience with firearms. My husband is a gun owner so knowing how to safely use a firearm is important to me. The small class size and the comprehensive program, which focused on safety, firearm knowledge and dry practice was instrumental in my learning and level of comfort. Having two instructors made it possible for everyone to be observed and all questions answered. The time spent practicing with live ammunition at the range made me feel comfortable with my skills and ability to safely operate a firearm. Bruce's extensive knowledge of firearms, firearms law and safety precautions led to my learning even more than I anticipated. Marie gave many helpful tips to make shooting easier and more comfortable for me. I'm a teacher so it was wonderful to have a woman's perspective."
~Michele D. Boston, MA (Basic Pistol)
“S2 Alpha’s Basic Pistol Shooting class is a high quality, nine-hour immersion in gun safety, firearms operation, ammunition details, shooting fundamentals, MA and federal firearms law topped off with about a hundred rounds of live fire at the range. Wow! Bruce and Marie deliver more than your money’s worth.”
~Larry D. Sudbury, MA (Basic Pistol)
“We both took this class following S2 Alpha’s Basic Pistol. We got to try more kinds of guns than we could imagine and learned to shoot bigger calibers confidently all the way up to .45 auto. Take this class before you buy a gun.”
~Andrea and Larry D. Sudbury, MA (Pistol Skills Builder)
“Bruce Blessington’s enhancements to the potentially dry Utah CCW class have made it informative and interesting while covering the legally required topics. Hands-on demos, videos, a bit of humor and student engagement keep the session lively and moving forward.”
~Bill Leanos and Kathleen Auld, Owners, Zelda’s Firearms Gloucester, MA (UT License)
“Anyone who’s ever worried about being attacked in their home should take this course. Bruce and Marie cover every aspect of home defense from planning to dealing with the aftermath. Very intense! “
~J. C. Newton, MA (Personal Protection in the Home)
“I’d been drawing from the wrong holster in the wrong way until I took this course. Bruce builds confidence and teaches the right way of shooting defensively.”
~D. V. Burlington, MA (Personal Protection Outside the Home)
“Anyone who makes the serious decision to carry a gun for protection should take this course. Conflict avoidance, winning mindset, defensive shooting techniques and what to do afterwards are covered in great detail in this class. Quality instruction.”
~F.C. Danvers, MA (Personal Protection Outside the Home)
"I'd been shooting for a while but with mixed results. Bruce spent some time evaluating my technique and made some suggestions. He didn't over-teach and focused on a couple of things that made a real difference."
~James B. Weston, MA (Skills Enhancement)
" I wasn't really confident about guns in general, even though I've been to the range with my husband. Marie worked on the basics with me and her calm, positive approach made me feel more confident and able to enjoy the sport."
Liz G. Belmont, MA (Skills Enhancement)
" I was an ok, pretty much self-taught shooter. I decided to book a lesson with Bruce. I learned how much of a mind game shooting really is. He gave me some drills to improve my concentration and taught me to diagnose my own mistakes. Two hours with Bruce really improved my shooting."
Scott K. Needham, MA (Skills Enhancement)
"I have taken other introduction and safety courses and they just don’t compare. I have been around firearms my whole life and have felt I had more than enough experience to be safe and knowledgeable. Only after I accompanied my wife to your Basic Pistol Safety and Shooting class and observing your discipline, knowledge, and skills did I realize how much more training I needed.
Your private Shooting Skills Enhancement training is an absolute must for a defensive shooter. I never realized the number of elements involved in consistently placing rounds on target. Smooth and safe presentation from the holster, achieving a flash sight picture and then delivering a controlled pair with good trigger management was invaluable knowledge.
I now realize how misinformed firearm owners are when they think it’s just a matter of point and shoot. Whether it’s the basics for the novice or action shooting for those more advanced, you have every detail covered. The quality of your instruction is, in a single word, excellent."
~Tom C. Newbury, MA (Skills Enhancement)
"Bruce has the ability to command a class and teach important topics while keeping police officers engaged.”
~Tom Galvin, Chief of Police, Berlin , MA (Patrol Rifle)
“Mr. Blessington has successfully worked with several department members that needed to enhance their skills and has helped them gain confidence and accuracy when shooting. ….he has been well received by the department as a whole.”
~Robert Irving, Chief of Police, Wayland, MA (Skills Enhancement)
“I had minimal shooting experience before meeting Bruce. He met with me one-on-one to teach the basics of sight alignment and trigger management. I became more confident handling my gun and improved my shot placement. Bruce was great to work with, always up-beat and positive. I highly recommend Bruce for improving any officer’s shooting ability! “
~Officer Shantel Smith, Berlin Police, Berlin, MA (Skills Enhancement)
"Bruce has demonstrated an ability to successfully teach police officers in both a class room setting and hands on."
~Tom Galvin, Chief of Police, Berlin, MA (Patrol Shotgun)
“Mr. Blessington’ s professional resume is impressive and it’s obvious from the moment he begins speaking about firearms safety that he is one of the most experienced firearms instructors in the state.”
~Robert Irving, Chief of Police, Wayland, MA (Firearms Safety for Law Enforcement Officers)
“First, Bruce Blessington gives the officers a thorough refresher in firearms safety. Then he does a fabulous job explaining how each action functions and demonstrating how to safely load and unload a wide variety of handguns, rifles and shotguns with dummy ammunition in a safe environment. This a great course for new and experienced officers alike.”
~Warren Phillips, Chief of Police (Retired), Avon, MA (Firearms Safety for Law Enforcement Officers)
“After the class here many of my officers suggested that Bruce extend the class to allow them more hands-on instruction. This was the first time in my career that any officer has ever asked that a training class be longer.”
~Tom Galvin, Chief of Police, Berlin, MA (Firearms Safety for Law Enforcement Officers)
“Bruce Blessington condensed his two-hour “Firearms Safety for LEOs” class to a 45 minute intense tutorial on recognizing, unloading and making safe “Unfamiliar and Unusual Firearms” (the new course title). He provides hands-on training with a variety of guns using dummy ammo, supplemented with videos. This gives MPTC Police Academy recruits exposure to the types of weapons they may encounter on the street and the ability to secure them safely. This valuable course will be included in the Academy’s curriculum going forward.”
~Lt. William Leanos, MPTC Training Committee Firearms Coordinator (Firearms Safety for Law Enforcement Officers)
"As a LEO, I find it critical to have the absolute best training when it comes to firearms. Mr. Blessington has demonstrated his ability to help me, as well as others to improve our performance on the range. Since his involvement, my overall scores and accuracy have improved. I always look forward to working with Mr. Blessington as a firearms instructor during department training and qualifications."
~Det. Tyler Castagno, Wayland Police Wayland, MA
"I have no doubt with Bruce's extensive knowledge and experience he will be an asset to many other departments".
~Tom Galvin, Chief, Berlin Police Berlin, MA (Planning for Firearms Training)
"I do not hesitate in recommending departments to incorporate Mr. Blessington's program in their firearms training curriculum."
~Robert Irving, Chief, Wayland Police Wayland, MA (Planning for Firearms Training)
"I work for two different Police Departments in the State of Massachusetts. I have been in law enforcement for over 25 years.
I met Bruce Blessington over a year a go through our Chief. Mr. Blessington, noticed during one of our firearms qualifications, that my shooting needed some correction. When our Chief informed me that I would be spending time with Bruce, I said to myself, 'how in the world is this man going to correct my shooting habits of 25 years?'
Well, that is exactly what happened. Mr. Blessington's experience, dedication, and patience are exactly what I needed. After three sessions with him, the corrections were made. I learned more than I ever was taught in my 25 years of carrying and shooting a firearm. This has given me more confidence, knowing that If I ever have to use my weapon, that I will be more than ready.
If you are looking for a firearms instructor, who takes his job seriously, who has patience and will be dedicated to you and your survival, then Bruce Blessington is your man! I highly recommend him as an instructor for you individually or for your police department.
Bruce, thank you for the time and dedication that you put into your craft, and for the time and effort you invest in the people you train."
~Officer David Centeno, Clark University Police (Skills Enhancement)
"I met Bruce a few years ago when he came to our department to teach an "Unfamiliar and Unusual Firearms Course." This course proved to enlighten our officers awareness of many weapons we may encounter out in the street and how to make them safe. Bruce has extended his vast knowledge by completing the MPTC Firearms Instructor Program. He has been teaching alongside me for the past few years. He helps build officers skills with his knowledge and experience."
~ Officer Christopher Hanlon, (Firearms Instructor)
Wayland Police, Wayland, MA (Planning for Firearms Training)
"I always use to think I was a good enough shot growing up, but as a police officer good enough isn't enough, you need to be perfect. Before I went off to the Police Academy, that's exactly what Bruce did, he helped perfect my skills and teach me the little things in shooting that you normally don't learn. I can honestly say Bruce has given me real confidence in my shooting".
~Officer Tim Henderson, Wayland Police, Wayland, MA (Pre-Academy Basic Instruction)