Firearms Training, Hand-to-Hand Combat, & Survival School

As I mentioned in a previous post, CIVARA, LLC sponsored a survival training school, which is now fully operational. And, the website is up and functioning as well.

The Academy teaches what is needed to stay alive in any survival situation and the skills to master for enduring almost any ordeal. Major focus areas, include, but are not limited to, firearms training (pistol, black rifle, precision shooting from 0-2,000+ yards, hand-to-hand combat, and all phases of survival. Below is a snippet of what the academy teaches.

The skills and principles are all taught at their survival training school in southern Colorado at 7,000 feet beginning with a 3-day introductory ‘fun-shoot‘ course or, you can opt initially for a one-day short course of your choice. Other courses are followed by additionally 1, 3 and 7-day courses. You will find the academy courses reasonably priced, each is limited to 8 students to ensure individualized instruction, and they offer family and friends discounts. Their chief instructor is likely the best you can find. Check out their website today, you’ll be glad you did.

  1. Shelter
  2. Fire
  3. Water
  4. Food
  5. System Interdependence
  6. Equipment Choices


  1. Basics
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced
  4. Defensive Pistol
  5. Active Shooter Awareness
  6. Home Defense
  7. 7-Day Tactical Pistol Course

Black Rifle (carbine/AR-15/M-4 type)

  1. Basic
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced
  4. Defensive Rifle
  5. Home Defense
  6. 7-Day Tactical Black Rifle Course
  7. Urban Combat Course

Short to Extreme Long Range (ELR) Precision Sharpshooting (100 to 2000+ yards)

  1. Beginning Short Range (0-300 yards)
  2. Mid-range (300-600 yards)
  3. High Angle Precision (100-600 yards)
  4. Long Range (600-1,000 yards)
  5. Extreme Long Range (ELR: 1,000 – 2,000+ yards)
  6. Stalking
  7. Tracking
  8. Counter-Sniper Techniques
  9. 12 different Professional Sniper Qualification Courses
  1. Civil War and Chaos
  2. Emergencies
  3. Long-term Preparedness
  4. Mitigation
  5. Natural Disasters
  6. Potential Disasters
  7. Precautionary Measures
  8. Strategic Home Defense/Invasion
  9. More, . . .
  1. Camouflage
  2. Civil Chaos/War Response
  3. Counter-terrorism
  4. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
  5. Guerilla Warfare
  6. Hand-to-Hand Combat
  7. Homeland Security (HLS)
  8. Map and Compass
  9. Strategic Planning
  10. Surveillance
  11. Extras

We have so much to teach that our courses are comprised of six phases and more than 40 separate modules. We also offer private, as well as very specialized courses such as sniper operations and entry. A partial list of courses include:

  • Shelter,
  • Fire,
  • Water,
  • Food,
  • Equipment,
  • Packs,
  • Map and Compass,
  • Living off the Land,
  • First Aid,
  • Entry Rifle (black rifle/AR15/M4/…),
  • Combat Pistol,
  • Sharpshooting to 2,000 yards,
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (HTHC),
  • Street Attacks,
  • Tracking,
  • Traps,
  • Spotting,
  • Guerilla Warfare,
  • Archery,
  • Surveillance,
  • Home Protection/Defense,
  • Food Storage,
  • Responding to Civil Chaos,
  • Pandemics,
  • Atmospheric Rivers (formerly called ark storms)
  • Civil War,
  • Strategy (all topics), and much more.

The student will discover a variety of skill sets in each course. Being prepared means not panicking. Please note that permission from chief instructor is required to sign up for any course. Please contact us for more information.


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