Russell Jenkins -
I can’t recommend Raven Firearms Training highly enough. I went with my wife, mother, brother, cousin, and a buddy, novices all.
Jake and Crystal showed us the ropes, starting with a briefing on the types of weapons we’d be using, moving on to best practices regarding safe handling and muzzle direction awareness. If there is one facet of the Pelletiers’ approach to firearms instruction that stands out, it’s their total commitment to safety. They are very aware of what their students are doing and how they’re doing it, which, as a newbie, put me completely at ease. These two are pro’s pros.
All that said, for all their seriousness, they share a great sense of humor and they make the entire process a blast (no pun intended). We engaged in a wide variety of shooting exercises that, while emphasizing the very basics of gun handling and marksmanship, never descended into tedium.
They are also super helpful above and beyond: when my wife’s Ruger .22 started jamming, Crystal put it through its paces, testing it with magazines of her own. They agreed to contact Ruger and handle the return for factory servicing on our behalf.
I swear, I feel like I’ve made friends for life, and I truly hope that’s the case.
Seriously, I cannot wait to go shooting with them again and I know my family feels the same way.
If anyone seeks to truly understand what it takes to properly protect oneself and one’s family, I strongly recommend training with Jake Pelletier. I was honored to have him as a partner in a class, and witnessed his abilities firsthand alongside one of the best instructors around.
I met Jake Pelletier in the cleaning room at the Sig Sauer Academy and we enjoyed quality discussions. I was intrigued by his philosophy and felt a need to “try out” this instructor. I was struck with how Jake began the instruction: disassembling and cleaning the weapon – at that time an AR. He was insistent one commence an introduction to the weapon by cleaning the weapon. What better way?
Later that day, Jake conducted drills and I was mesmerized by his veritable ambidexterity with a rifle; seemingly instinctual, yet he articulated the how and why being ambidextrous with any weapon system is vital.
There are many well-qualified instructors, yet at Raven they live it, day-in and day-out.
Max Dubois -
When preparing for Master Firearms Instructor certification I wanted to some "advanced" coaching, I chose Jake and Crystal at Raven. Their massive experience, technical knowledge and excellent coaching methods are second to none, anywhere. As an experienced firearms instructor I will continue to visit Raven to learn and enjoy the experience these great guys provide, I highly recommend that you do too.
Wayne R. Urso -
Thank you for a wonderful class yesterday. It was a genuine pleasure meeting Jake. He is unquestionably a very accomplished, high-level instructor who has many years of practical and competitive shooting experience and teaching skills. He has obviously trained with the very best of the best, and he himself is quite obviously the very best of the best.
Jake quickly assesses the skill level of the student, and tailors his training for that student so that at the end of training, the student is a better shooter and has a myriad of techniques that, with practice, will ensure that the student becomes a better more accurate shooter. He is obviously well focused on all aspects of shooting including the most important aspect, safety.
My only regret is that I did not get to meet Crystal. We exchanged numerous e- mails prior to the class, she was always excellent in her accuracy and communication skills and it was always a pleasure to communicate with her. All in all, after looking at all qualities of your training, it is very clear to me that the north country is very lucky to have such high level training readily available that is provided at a very low price by outstanding, talented and skillful individuals.
I will not hesitate to recommend you folks to anyone looking for training.
Best Regards, Wayne R. Urso
I went to the Women's Intro To Handguns Training yesterday. It was fantastic! I can't wait to go back! Crystal and the rest of the instructors are patient and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience! Thanks!
Just got home from taking the Women's Intro to Handguns course. I loved it. As someone who has no experience around guns Crystal could not have made my sister and I feel more comfortable and secure. I have found a new hobby and will probably be taking more courses soon I hope.
I highly recommend the women's intro to handguns class for any female with minimal to no experience with handguns! Crystal is an excellent instructor with knowledge and professionalism that makes you feel empowered and educated when it comes to handgun use. I no longer feel uncomfortable with guns and have a good working knowledge of pistols, it was a good working environment and open to questions.
Great Introduction to Handguns class! so grateful there is a class for a person like myself who has never been comfortable around firearms. Instructor was clear and patient and provided instruction that helped build my confidence. Thanks for everything! I learned so much today!