Here's What Our Students Are Saying...
President & CEO
International Firearms Consultants, LLC
“As a peer instructor who has taught with and been taught by Scott Ballard, never in my four plus decades of training and education in the firearms field have I seen a man capable and willing to effect permanent behavioral change in his students when it comes to critical thinking under stress. Scott’s training builds on the marksmanship proficiency of his students by adding the tactical aspects necessary to survive and win a gunfight with multiple determined adversaries. His Protective Shooting Classes are second to none in preparing the participants to make life defining, split second decisions, in adverse conditions when confronted with overwhelming odds. Your training for personal defense and combat skill development is not complete without training with Scott in his reality based and skill development classes.”
“Over the last 6 years I’ve been privileged to train with Scott Ballard as an instructor, in pistol, rifle, shotgun, armorer and Force On Force, in close to 100 courses at a top tier firearms academy. During that time, I found Scott to be an exceptional instructor, carefully building “thinkers”, not just shooters. Scott’s training evolutions are about much more than just putting holes on paper, they are about creating the understanding, insight, mindset, and determination to effectively and precisely employ force to solve real world problems. From the complex dynamics of Protective Shooting (protecting another from multiple adversaries), to simplicity of a one on one CQB situation, or the intricacies of precision scoped rifle, Scott’s level of instruction, coupled with his unique insight to quickly evaluate each student’s strengths and weakness, allow one to feel like they are receiving personal, one on one attention, even in a class of multiple students. He offers his students the complete package, that of mind, body and resolve, both on and off the training ground, to acquire and sustain skills that will last a lifetime.”
John Fain is a tremendous instructor. He is very clear and concise and he puts a ton of attention into detail. There is way more to John’s classes than just a few demonstrations and drilling. John adds little details or makes adjustments to techniques that make them even more effective and then he explains why in great detail which makes for a really interesting learning experience. He has many students at the academy and he always takes time to answer our questions and he makes sure everyone in class is performing the techniques safely and efficiently. I couldn’t ask for a better instructor.
“I have been a student under John Fain’s instruction for 7 years. His style of teaching is very basic and straight forward which makes learning much easier. Anybody who has taken classes from John has spoken very highly of how thorough he is. I can’t wait to take my first firearm lesson at D-TAC!”
“Instructor Fain has a very clear teaching style. Details are key, and he makes the importance of key details very valid. The instruction is so clear, there is hardly ever a need to ask a question. He makes sure you understand before the next step is taught.”
“John Fain is one of the best instructors I’ve ever trained under. His attention to detail and knowledge of practical application is second to none. I would recommend John to anyone looking to learn anything they need to know and nothing they don’t. No b.s., just knowledge and experience.”
“Highly knowledgeable and patient! Scott maintains a class environment where student learning is the only focus and he provides individualized feedback that is unique to student engagement and knowledge retention.”
“I have trained with Scott Ballard numerous times over the past 5 years. He is a passionate instructor who cares about providing top notch training to his students. His classes are always dynamic and exciting yet run safely and topics to be learned are covered comprehensively.
I’ve found Scott to be a very knowledgeable and professional firearms instructor.”
Troy Dale Dupuy
“Since July-2015, I’ve been privileged to have taken five classes under Scott Ballard’s direction. I’ve been blessed to train under some of the finest trainers and veterans, NSW, SFOD-D, SF Operators and various Law Enforcement Officers. In my opinion, Mr. Ballard is not only a great trainer but first and foremost a formidable educator in self-defense and firearms. Always straight-forward absent any obfuscation. Mr. Ballard manifests the highest integrity in his craft!”
“Scott is a great teacher! His training is practical and relevant to my daily life. He teaches you to think, focus and drill down a little deeper as to the how and why of self defense. This isn’t weekend warrior stuff, it’s the – How can I better protect my family and myself training. No matter how advanced you are, you can learn and get better here.”
“Scott Ballard doesn’t just teach firearm handling techniques; he introduces you to an entirely new mindset that you end up incorporating into everyday of your life. His knowledge and experience exposed during instruction is just the tip of the iceberg leaving you yearning for his next course. From someone who’s taken hundreds of hours of instruction from Scott over the past five years I would recommend him to anyone who’s serious about starting or improving their firearm skills. Just be aware, it’s a lot of information at once and may be overwhelming at first. Scott will help you, but he will tell it like it is.”