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We pride ourselves on professionalism and our standards of excellence. We offer quality courses, providing our students and the community with ongoing support throughout their shooting career.

York Region Firearms Academy

York Region Firearms Academy was established in 1994 by Richard Holmes a retired Captain of the Toronto Fire Department.  Richard Holmes President and Chief Instructor brings the experience of 50 years of shooting involvement. 


Richard's accomplishments are:


  • A competitor in both rifle and pistol

  • Ontario Handgun Association Safety Instructor and Range Officer

  • Hunter Education Instructor and Examiner

  • Police Pistol Combat Instructor and Range Officer

  • I.P.S.C. Black Badge and Range Officer

  • Smith & Wesson Firearms Certified Instructor for training Police and Security in Shotgun and Pistol

  • N.R.A. Pistol Instructor

  • A professional teacher

  • An avid bow hunter

  • On the Board of Directors for the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario

All FSESO members deliver the  CFSC and CRFSC programs across Ontario, however we a privately owned businesses. 

Our Academy

We take great pride in delivering these courses to novice or experienced shooters.  Our main goal is to develop safe firearms handling and hunting skills for students who need a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for recreation (hunting, participation in the shooting sport), employment (CBSA, Armed Security) and/or inheritance .

Your Safety is Our Priority! Our instructors are committed to making your experience with York Region Firearms Academy positive and enjoyable.   Once you have completed our course, we are confident you will be able to meet your legal and moral obligation as a firearm owner and hunter.

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