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11/17/2013 Al, Reno NV
I recently took a firearms class for my ccw. Jay Hawkins was the
instructor and I felt he did an outstanding job teaching this class.
His insights from police work and life experience made the class that
much more interesting and gave me a different perspective on how bad
people behave, and the consequences for being unprepared. I have taken
other classes previous to this and Jays class was superior in every
way. Thanks for an outstanding experience.
10/09/2013 Joseph S, Reno NV
I had been to other CCW training classes but I was very impressed by the
class I attended that Jay instructed. It was very well organized and I
learned information that I found to be important to me. Thank-you for
doing a great job!
Myra D, Reno NV
9/15/2013 Pat M. Reno, NV
I would like to provide some
feedback on my recent experiences with your staff.
First, I took a private pistol
lesson from Jose Arellano a couple of weeks ago, and I was very impressed with
his knowledge and teaching skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and learned
some fundamentals that are going to serve me well going forward. I plan
to continue as time allows. I currently am working (out of the area) and
am able to return to Reno (periodically). I definitely plan to schedule
another session with Jose on my next trip home. I have lots more to learn
and he is my choice of instructors.
Second, I would like to thank your
staff for their honesty and follow-through. I left a very valuable pen in
your store during one of my visits. I called to see if anyone had found
it, and about a week later, it turned up and the staff called my wife to let
her know. I appreciate the fact that they were able to find it and that
they remembered my having inquired. Their honesty is refreshing. Not only that - your prices beat the
other guys! I am now a thoroughly loyal
customer. Thanks again
8/28/2013 David C, Reno, NV
My 2 hour private lesson on Monday 26AUG with Jose
was the best training I have received in the civilian and 90% of my
military service. He is an outstanding
communicator and trainer who understands and articulates the mental
aspect of carry and self defense and communicates the importance of
His fundamentals review, laser focus on my
performance and on the spot corrections gave me everything I needed and
more to master my new G21. From tight groups in close to hitting steel
consistently from out to 60 yards I am feeling new level of confidence
and will be able to practice what he has taught me. I have taken lessons
from other instructors in town over the years. Jose is in a league by
himself and deserves all the recommendations and referrals I can give.
7/2/2013 Chuck F Reno, NV
In the crazy rage leading up to the probable ban on ‘Assault Weapons’
in mid December of 2012, my wife and I decided to head down to U.S.
Firearms Academy and purchase
a matching set of Battle Born AR’s. (Merry Christmas to us!) We had
planned this purchase for a while, but our timing was pushed up due to
the potential circumstances. Many Law Enforcement friends that we have
that own the BattleBorn AR absolutely swear by them, and after spending
hours finger-walking over their ARs we decided that’s good enough for
With many trips in to the shop to see when the twins would finally
arrive, they came to us in early May, just days before out anniversary.
So, as it turns out, we got a ‘two-fer’ on the holiday gifting this
We’ve made some furniture changes and added some optics, and can
honestly say, “WOW”. My previous AR time was years of experience with a
“springy” and somewhat soft shooting Colt Sporter 20inch H bar that
would have an occasional jam. To compare this rifle to the Colt is no
comparison at all, the Battle Born is simply a marvel! Super fun to
shoot, I absolutely love the smile on my wife’s face when she tears up
the center point of her target. This rifle is not soft, it’s tight and
sends the bullet down range with confidence. I couldn’t be more happy
with our purchase, there’s no wonder there’s still a 12 week wait on
these very well made AR15′s. Thanks to all at U.S. Firearms Academy for
an exceptional job on the manufacture and sales process of this super
fun new addition to my collection.
By the way, the Colt is not going away but looks like its getting a bit
dusty, probably gonna stay that way for a bit. Looking at upgrading the
upper receiver on the Colt with a BattleBorn upper, and changing the
furniture to Magpul then maybe she can come out to play with us and the
6/27/2013 Troy S
I have owned my Battle Born AR for almost a year now. I have the 5.56 piston platform. This gun has run flawless, I have run couple thousand rounds through this gun. Using 5.56 and .223 military brass, PMC, Federal, American, and multiple others including reloads. This gun has eaten everything. I have used my Slide Fire stock on this gun and ran 100 rd and 60 rd Surefire magazines as smooth as any full auto out there. I own multiple AR-15's from Sig Sauer, to Ruger, to FN, to custom ones I have built, and my Battle Born is the gun I always grab when I go shooting. This gun also works beautifully with CMMG .22 bolt conversion kit. Pick one of these up and you will never have a reason not to shoot and train with your Battle Born 5.56. Hands down the best AR I own.
Thank You for a Great Gun
6/11/2013 Greg A
Thought you might like to see the results of my build around your superb
billet lower receiver. Thanks for a great piece and your excellent
customer service. You answered your phone during the feeding frenzy
when all others did not. I will recommend you and your products to
all. Thanks again.
6/9/2013 Tony A
Just finished a CCW class on the 8th with Jay. All day with no air Jay
managed to keep all of us engaged and our minds off the fact that it was
so hot. At the range Jay and Jose were very professional and kept
everyone safe. Jose helped me with a few skills I needed to improve.
Thank you Jose! My wife and I will be back for more classes. Oh yes,
Footnote: Our AC did go out, but was fixed within a few hours. We truly apologize for the discomfort.
6/7/2013 Dan E
I took the CCW class with Jay Hawkins and Jason Trevino....Thanks
guys for all the enlightening information and personal experiences you
shared in order for me to better understand CCW law. You definitely kept
the class from being boring and painful and I would HIGHLY recommend
anyone considering CCW to look these guys up. Out on the firing range
Jason and Jose were great. Thanks Jose for the extra time you took in
working with me and fine tuning the shooting technique.
5/4/2013 Juli B
I wanted to send a shout out to US Firearms for the opportunity to train with Jay Hawkins! I worked for several years with juvenile services and
participated in multiple Defensive Tactics courses. I never left the classes with the confidence to respond how I was trained. Several occasions presented themselves where I had to act using my training and I
left those instances wondering what I could have done differently. I
was not confident in my training and responded with a lack of
competence. Recently, I had a private lesson with Jay and my daughter
and I left the training with increased confidence.
However, today I completed the CCW class and Jay brought forth a
whole new level of trust in myself and understanding of the importance
of proper gun safety. My husband and I both completed the course and
have utmost confidence in what we learned. Thank you Jay for giving us
the ability to protect our family!.
4/12/2013 Janet W
I have had three concealed carry classes and, thanks to the instructor,
this was the most helpful. Mr. Hawkins did and outstanding job of
keeping it informative while making it interesting.
2/20/2013 Mark S Reno, NV
Ok I know things are a bit crazy right now but of the half dozen gun shops I've visited and bought from in Reno this is my favorite by far. The owner and all the employees are extremely knowledgeable and more importantly they offer high quality firearms and ammunition and don't gouge their customers. Several of the local shops are adding $300-500 over MSRP and one in particular are selling over 1000 dollars over MSRP. The guys and gals here are all former military and really know their stuff. They offer concealed carry classes as well. I won't buy another firearm from anyone but Mark and his crew.
2/11/2013 Dee B Reno, NV
I took a handgun class with Jay from US Firearms Academy. I'm an older female and was anxious about taking this class since I don't have much experience with shooting. Jay was very patient and encouraging. He is a very good teacher and explains things well. I handled the guns much better than I thought so I'd recommend this Jay and this class to anyone.
2/03/2013 KT Sun Valley, NV
I am an older woman who has felt impressed to purchase a weapon for personal protection. All the gentlemen--including the many customers who were more than helpful sharing their wives' experiences with various weapons--at the store took time to explain the pros and cons of various styles of handguns, and were patient over several weeks and many store visits while I was making my selection. I signed up for the beginners shooting class and Jay was awesome. The depth of instruction before and while at the shooting range was impressive. His patience with a real beginner was appreciated and I could not have hoped for anything better except a warmer day! Jay even let me wear his jacket after I gave mine to my daughter who was also taking the class. I am looking forward to my CCW class with John through US Firearms Academy next month.
2/2/2013 Ross J
Earlier this month I had the good fortune to take a gun handling class
from Jay Hawkins. As a person that's given many training classes " not
gun" I can say that Jay was very organized and gave a great foundation
from which I'm now building on. I would encourage anyone who is thinking
about taking a class to go forward.
1/29/2013 KM Reno, NV
CCW Class Rocks! Jay knows his stuff and explains it so EVERYONE can relate! Everyone, and I mean...EVERYONE should attend this class. Benefits everyone whether you're there to learn about self protection, a gun enthusiast, or just want to learn about guns and laws. SAFETY, TRAINING, & RESPECT are #1! Thank you for the awesome education and wisdom. -- Also, I took another CCW class at another Reno location last year, and U.S. FIREARMS ACADEMY rates #1 in my book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TEAM!
11/26/2012 Tammy Y
Subject: Gun Safety Course. Wanted to let you guys know that I just finished a gun safety course
with Jay. It was amazing and empowering. What an excellent instructor!
Keep up the great work!
11/14/2012 Tammy I
My friend and I took the CCW class with John Miller, and had a
fantastic experience! My friend was unfamiliar with handguns, but
purchased one for home safety, as her husband is out of town a lot. I
grew up with guns, and am married to a police officer. I was amazed how
John met both of our needs. The course began with the very basics, and
we both learned a lot. We were a bit concerned that we would feel a
bit intimidated, because we were the only two women in class, but John
made us feel very comfortable. We ended up having a great experience,
and have the confidence to protect ourselves. I would recommend this
course, and your store, to anyone! Thanks again.
11/5/2012 Roxanne B.
Just had a great second lesson with Jay Hawkins! I'm a woman in my 50's
and the training he gave me was amazing! I have never felt so
comfortable pulling a gun from a holster, quickly firing and reloading
like a pro. I've handled guns before, but not this well. My only
regret is that I didn't get more lessons with him in before our move out
of state. If I was staying here, I'd be training all the time with him
and I may fly in for a couple more lessons anyway. Highly recommend
him to take your shooting to the next level!
I bought a DI Battle Born 5.56 AR in July of 2012. Just yesterday I was able to go out and fire this weapon and I must say � it functioned flawlessly, accurately, and impressed both myself and the others I was shooting with. Each had to try it out, and every single one complimented me on my �excellent firearm�. Thank you for making something with such high quality. Rating: 5
7/24/2012 Eric J Reno, NV
Nice store, well stocked with fun toys - but the real value is in the people here. The environment is friendly, and encouraging for people of all skill levels. My initial impression of US Firearms Academy was provided by Jay - and I recommend you see this guy. A great guy, helpful, knowledgeable, and willing to take the time necessary to make you feel comfortable. I ended up taking training from him, and I have never shot better, nor felt more comfortable behind the sights! His method of teaching is personable and encourages skill improvement. His course was truly one of the best I have attended - I highly recommend training from US Firearms Academy.
7/3/2012 Sam S.
I recently purchased a Battle Born AR gas piston rifle from US Firearms Academy. I have been impressed with build quality, the workmanship and the use of top quality components. After putting many rounds thru it, it has been accurate, dependable and good handling. You can buy a lot of different AR style rifles for less money but you would not really be happy with it.
A Battle Born rifle is more than worth the money, in my opinion.
6/29/2012 Neil G Reno, NV
The staff is very knowledgeable and very unbiased. They give good advise that you can trust. Their training is up to date and their classes are second to none. I was very happy with my CCW class and I have decades of experience to give me a base for which to judge. I look forward to getting my wife instruction as I know I can trust John Miller with giving her correct instruction. They also have a great selection of equipment that you would not normally find elsewhere. If you are a first time buyer, I would recommend these guys.
John is an awesome instructor. The class was comfortable, bathroom
clean. John is very knowledgeable and was clear on all materials. Also Calvin
was very friendly and helpful setting up targets, and was a calming influence. You guys are a ten in my book. Thanks so much....
John is an awesome instructor. The class was comfortable, bathroom clean. John is very knowledgeable and was clear on all materials. Also Clyde was very friendly and helpful setting up targets, and was a calming influence. You guys are a ten in my book. Thanks so much....
12/1/2011 Mike Searson
(Reporting on our Battle Born BB-16 AR)
�This is why the City of Reno has ordered these rifles for their police department�Complete Article
Best shop in the Reno area. They were very helpful with my newbie questions, did not mind them, and had great prices. Purchased a m1a socom 16 and glock 30. Their advise was not driven by selling more but by selling right. Their advise and pricing did hold after few months of use and they offer top notch training. They have very high end stuff as well and they for sure care about quality. No brainer to choose personal attention vs cabelas. I recommend it regardless of your experience level.
6/26/2011 Javier C Sacramento, CA
We get there and the guy knew what I was after as soon as I walked thru the door. They were all VERY helpful and even thru in some target ammo. I did not know my physical address HAD to be on my License. I ended up running up to get the Scout's registration. As soon as I got back they helped me with the paperwork and made the transaction pain free for me. I was very pleased with the service and professionalism!
11/26/2010 Jason T.
I recently purchased a Battle Born Mid Length TE complete rifle from you. I purchased this rifle with the idea of using it as my patrol rifle. When you depend on your rifle in life and death situations, reliability and accuracy cant be compromised. I have to say, after 1500 flawless rounds down range, my Battle Born rifle is now riding in my patrol vehicle! I am no stranger to AR type rifles and this is by far the most dependable and accurate patrol rifle I have come across yet, including those that cost more! Thank you for putting out a great product that I can depend on. I will continue to purchase my equipment from your store and recommend you to my co-workers.
Those guys are great and i go out of my way to buy from them. Bought my ar and kimber from them.
Hey, Those guys at USFA are awesome, always super helpful and nice. I will go out of my way to buy from them. I'm glad you had a good experience too. congrats on the new gun, XDs are awesome.
2/1/2010 Kitten B
So last weekend it was time to buy a gun. There was a very specific list of what was being looked for. We had seen it and held it at Cabelas and sportsmans. When it came time,neither place had what we were looking for. I called US Firearms Academy and rattled off the list yet again, thinking I was gonna be made fun of like I was at Sportmans. Nope ! Super friendly super fast and they had what we wanted!!!!!!!!!!! The guy understood our reasoning for the specifics and was great!