Panther Precision Arms Training, LLC, is now open and owner-director Jason Frazier is ready to provide his extensive experience and training to the public.
"Anyone who has looked into firearms classes were probably stunned by the expense of the class as well as the potential expense of travel and lodging," Frazier said about the company that was created to provide the highest quality training at an affordable cost. "If you own a firearm to keep in your home or to carry for personal protection, then you need to be trained."
With classes filling up quickly, Frazier, plans on providing instruction to men and women 18-older that emphasizes the need for responsible firearms ownership.
An avid supporter of firearms rights and ownership, Frazier believes no one can realistically and logically say it is a good idea for people to own firearms, have them in their homes and carry them for protection without being properly trained to use them. By providing the classes, Frazier hopes to help firearms owners prevent one of the countless misfortunate and tragic incidents with firearms every year.
"Accidents that could have been easily avoided if they had just been informed and properly trained," Frazier said.
Frazier, who works in the law enforcement field, will provide classes starting with fundamental weapon safety and skills all the way up to advanced weapon skills in various dynamic courses at a local firearms range in Clay County.
"Donald Brannan, the owner of Pro-Teq Firearms Range, and I have worked together for many years now and we have a great working relationship" Frazier said. "He was instrumental in creating a firearms range for the Clay County Sheriff's Department, as well as other local law enforcement agencies in the Wabash Valley to use for training."
Frazier said Brannan has been very supportive of his new business venture.
"As part of your registration fee into one of my classes, you receive a one-year range membership with Pro-Teq," Frazier said. "With this range membership, shooters can utilize the firearms range for a year to continue practicing the skills learned in my courses."
A nine-year law enforcement veteran, Frazier is an honors graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and director of training and head firearms instructor. He is invited to ILEA as a guest instructor several times a year to teach new recruits as well as to the firearms instructors, including sniper training for all deployable accredited law enforcement officers in Clay County.
Attaining training and certifications to teach numerous weapon platforms, Frazier is skilled at teaching classes in handgun, shotgun and rifle (including department issued patrol rifle, M14 and is also a certified armorer through Sig Sauer Academy in the P-Series Handguns and the Weapon System Training Council for all AR15/M-16 platform weapons).
Although he enjoys his law enforcement career, Frazier has a passion for teaching.
"I have always had quite the support system with being around professionals in the firearms community around me as I grew up. I often look back and wonder where I would be without those influences in my life," Frazier said. "Now, I have the resources, the time, knowledge and experience to give back to the people in the community."
Excited about the overwhelming interest he's already received with his first upcoming course, which is a women's handgun/basic firearm course April 30, Frazier designed the curriculum to help put his students at ease.
"Although at first glance, it may sound odd to put women and firearms together in the same sentence, it quickly becomes clear that women want to feel safe," Frazier said. "The conventional thought to some may be that the man is the protector of the family. However, as I began talking to women about the issue, it became immediately clear in many instances, that was not the case."
Frazier said he has received calls from a spectrum of women from the ages of 20-80, and many of them are interested in the same thing. The demand has been so overwhelming Frazier has scheduled more classes.
"They have or are looking for a firearm for protection and they want to be professionally trained," Frazier said. "In this upcoming class, and the two more I have added for later this year because of the high interest I have received, my female students will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who have the same questions. I can answer those questions in a controlled environment to help develop that mental mindset and confidence they have been looking for."
However, Frazier also welcomes women to attend any of the other courses, including his biggest supporter and inspiration, his wife.
"She has no formal training at all with firearms, but had always mentioned she would like to go to the range and shoot sometime," Frazier said. "Due to my occupation, she understands the need for firearms training for everyone in the home. She has been fantastic and really the support system for this whole new business endeavor during the two-year planning phase. She has a firearm now and is also scheduled to attend the women's basic course next month. She is excited to see the whole thing start to take off and move in such a positive direction."
Family is another motivator for Frazier, who believes in firearms safety.
Plans are currently in the works to create a future "Safe Family Firearms Education Class." Frazier believes the direction of his company should be to promote responsible firearms training to every member of the family, including any children in the house.
"When it comes to firearms, proper training from the ground up is the key," Frazier said. "You owe it to yourself, your family and the community to be a responsible firearms owner."