Gunsite Academy Coming to Virginia

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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

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

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  • David David on Jul 16, 2015

    It's wonderful that people on the other side of the Mississippi have a closer place to retrieve top notch firearms education, but, as a Gunsite grad, there is something about being sequestered in the desert for a week that really focuses the mind on what is being taught.

    • Katie A Katie A on Jul 18, 2015

      @ It's well worth it, in my opinion. I've taken classes at quite a few academies and Gunsite remains my favorite, hands down.

  • Amlamarra Amlamarra on Jul 22, 2015

    “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed anymore than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”

    Not so sure I agree with that. There are good & bad musicians, just as there are good & bad shots. Being armed has nothing to do with skill level. If so, where would you draw the line? How good do you have to be before you're considered "armed?"