"Concealed Firearms
Carry Permits"

Welcome to Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction and Cold Steel Knives of Montana! We offer NRA Certified firearms training courses for all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a concealed carry permit course or an advanced tactical course we offer it. We also have courses specially designed for women and children.

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Our Mission

  • To Provide the Knowledge, Skills and Attitude Necessary to Develop Safe and Responsible Firearms Ownership
  • To Provide the Mindset, Training and Self Confidence for Safe & Effective Firearms Use
  • To Provide “Real World” Firearms Training
  • To Provide a Family Friendly Learning Environment for All Ages & Skill Levels
  • To Promote the Shooting Sports and Support our Second Amendment Rights
  • To Protect our Firearms Heritage, Faith, Family and Freedom

Licensed - Certified - Insured

Basic Shotgun Familarization and Use General Course Outline

  • The Three NRA Gun Safety Rules
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attitude
  • Use of Force Mindset
  • Montana State Law – Use of Force
  • Home Situational Awareness and Response
  • Establishing a Safe Room the Home
  • Selecting the Correct Shotgun
  • Shotgun Familiarization
  • Field Take Down
  • Cleaning
  • Storage
  • Proper Loading
  • Target Aquisition
  • The Five (5) NRA Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Tactical Accessories for Shotguns
  • Proper use of Lighting for Home Defense
  • Selecting the Proper Ammunition for Home Defense
  • Ammunition Effectiveness and Patterns
  • Ammunition Malfunctions
  • Practical Shooting Drills for Personal Self Defense

Tactical Pistol and Shotgun Personal Defense Course

This Course will instruct and introduce the students to the listed concepts:

  • The skill, knowledge and attitude necessary to own and safely utilize a firearm for recreation and personal defense
  • The Three NRA Rules of Firearms Safety
  • Montana State Law - The Use of Force
  • Introduction to less than lethal pepper spray foam
  • Survival mind-set and positive mental attitude (PMA) Understanding the dynamic critical incidents (DCI)
  • Understanding the human bodies response in regard to the “fight of flight response” relative to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system during a (DCI)
  • The “normalcy bias” and situational awareness / response
  • The survival reactionary gap
  • Environmental considerations, environmental weapons and weapons of opportunity, camouflage weapons and commercial weapons systems
  • Differentiation between “cover” and “concealment” and their role in tactics and movement
  • Options for carrying concealed firearms and weapons
  • Types of holsters Level I, II and III Primary handgun familiarization – limitations, advantages & disadvantages
  • Secondary – shotgun familiarization and effective use
  • Back-up firearms presentation and use
  • Firearms presentation and drills – primary and secondary/safely and effectively
  • Firearms transitions (primary to secondary) and tactical movement et al.
  • Tactical reloads v/s slide lock reloads
  • Point-shooting v/s target-shooting/rapid and effective target acquisition
  • Conventional shooting stances and tactical shooting positions
  • Understanding the three types of ammunition malfunctions
  • Understanding and clearing type I, II and III firearms malfunctions in the classroom and during live-fire exercises
  • Understand types of ammunition for personal defense for both shotgun and handgun
  • Learn how to safely enter and exit a building or home during a (DCI) or other emergency
  • Selecting and proper use of hand-held lighting devices and ambient lighting – advantages / disadvantages / silhouetting
  • Road-rage incidents and defensive options/responses
  • Dominant-hand / weak-hand / dominant-eye / non-dominate eye – shooting drills
  • Live-fire exercises

PPCT Defensive Tactics Instruction

MTFI offers PPCT (Preasure Point Control Tactics) personal defense courses. This course is restricted to Military, Law Enforcement and Security Personnel only.

Dates for Concealed Weapons Permit Courses (CWP)

September 11, 2010

September 18, 2010

October 2, 2010

October 9, 2010

October 16, 2010

*There will not be any CWP courses offered until November:

November 13, 2010

Course Location: Wholesale Sports - 2214 Tschache Street, Bozeman 59718 – Store Phone (406) 586-0100

NRA Basic Pistol Course Curriculum Includes

  • Basic Firearm Safety
  • Safe Firearm Storage
  • Introduction to Pistol Mechanisms
  • Revolver Parts and Operation
  • Semi-automatic Pistol Parts and Operation
  • Operating Double and Single-action Revolvers
  • Operating Double and Single-action Semi-Automatic Pistols
  • Ammunition Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting Positions
  • The Benchrest Position
  • Standing Pistol Shooting Positions
  • Common Pistol Shooting Errors
  • Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages
  • Cleaning and Maintaining Your Pistol
  • Selecting Pistols, Pistol Ammunition, and Accessories
  • Pistol Shooting Activities and Opportunities for Skill Development
  • Montana State Law – The Use of Force

Registration and Course Deposit:
Course registration can be done over the telephone by calling (406) 451-8275. A non-refundable $40.00 course deposit must be sent in after course registration in order to reserve your NRA classroom material and seat three (3) days prior to the class date, unless other arrangements have been made with MTFI staff. If you are unable to attend the course, your deposit can be applied to another instruction date, but must be redeemed within a one year period. Please make checks payable to M.T.F.I. and send them to the address listed. The course deposit will be deducted from the $90.00 course fee; hence $50.00 will be due on the day of the class. Please send checks to:

Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction, Inc.
P.O. Box 3182
Bozeman, MT 59772

Lieutenant Salvador Navarro

Lieutenant Salvador Navarro (Ret.) began as a Sheriff’s Explorer Scout with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department in 1976. He became a Sheriff’s Reserve Officer there in 1977 and a Deputy Sheriff in 1983. During his career he was assigned many specialized units including Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations and a Sheriff’s Sergeant.

He promoted to Sheriff's Lieutenant and was assigned to manage the D.A.R.E. Program, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention Unit, Gang Unit, Mobile Field Force (Riot & Crowd Control), Community Resources Bureau, Mobile Community Oriented Policing Unit, Bicycle Patrol, Sheriff’s Chaplain Program, Sheriff's Honor Guard Detail, Station Commander and Watch Commander for Patrol Operations county-wide.

He retired in 2005 and moved his family to Bozeman, Montana where he has become a Montana Hunters Education Instructor, an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and is the President and owner of Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction, Inc. in Bozeman, Montana. He has trained extensively in martial arts and now trains private citizens in safe firearms use, safe defense and tactical firearms courses.