Gunsite Academy Coming to Virginia

    Gunsite Academy, the firearms training institute founded by Colonel Jeff Cooper, is bringing its modern pistol techniques to Virginia. The respected academy is partnering with the Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, Virginia. Colonial was SHOT Business Magazine’s Range of the Year in 2013 and is also a National Shooting Sports Foundation 5-Star Range. It’s also home to the biggest indoor range in the United States. Classes coming to the Virginia-based academy include those like Gunsite’s 250 Defensive Pistol Course, which is the academy’s most popular course which was started back in 1976 by none other than Col. Jeff Cooper himself.

    Buz Mills, owner of Gunsite, which is located in Paulden, Arizona, had this to say regarding the partnership: “I am proud to bring the Gunsite experience to the east coast at Colonial Shooting Academy. There is certainly an advantage to being able to train rain or shine, and the facilities at Colonial Shooting Academy are the best I’ve seen on the east coast. I’m going to enjoy spending time with new students in Richmond and I’m sure that some of our regular Gunsite students will be dropping by as well.”

    Finding a place that offers solid instruction based on decades of experience and high standards can be difficult for gun owners. Having Gunsite’s methods being brought to the east coast is a fantastic opportunity not only for locals but all shooters on that side of the country. Speaking from personal experience, shooters participating in the academy’s courses gain invaluable skills based on proven techniques; you cannot help but learn, and improve, from Gunsite training. Gunsite isn’t just about pistol work, either. The Arizona academy offers intensive training in everything from basic pistol skills to hunting techniques to advanced self-defense training, and then some.

    As Cooper himself once said, “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed anymore than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” At Gunsite, and now also at Colonial, there’s something to be learned for all skill levels. Visit Colonial’s website at¬†for more information about their new Gunsite classes. If you’re on the west coast, or simply interested in a look at Gunsite Academy itself, visit

    For more information, contact:

    Jane Anne Shimizu, Gunsite Academy, Paulden, AZ 86334 (928)636-4565 ext.20 [email protected]

    Peyton Lacy, Colonial Shooting Academy, Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 266-2666 ext.119 [email protected]

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