Mission Statement

Response Ability Firearms Training, LLC encourages and supports the responsible and lawful ownership and use of firearms for sporting, hunting, collecting and defensive purposes through training and education programs designed to promote both safety and proficiency. We further support organizations that work towards our common goals, and the defense of second amendment rights on local, national and international levels.

About Us

Response Ability Firearms Training offers instruction ranging from basic safety and introductory classes, to advanced defensive and competitive firearms training. Our instructors are all firearms professionals; experienced instructors from law enforcement and military backgrounds who understand the seriousness of carrying and using firearms on a professional level.

Our firearms classes include NRA approved classes for pistol, rifle, shotgun, home safety and defensive use of firearms. Our non-NRA courses include private instruction and classes on specific shooting techniques from beginner through advanced. Additionally we offer a number of non-firearms courses such as First Aid and Defensive Tactics, and law enforcement specific classes. (our law enforcement classes are restricted to active duty law enforcement personnel)

Our courses meet Massachusetts LTC and FID requirements.

Chief Instructor

Ernest Castle began shooting at a very young age, and began shooting competitively as a teenager. In those early years he shot three position small bore rifle, including local and regional matches, and shot competitively at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. In addition to shooting sports he became involved in martial arts, and earned black belts in several disciplines.

As he got older he entered Law Enforcement, and almost immediately became involved in training. As a law enforcement trainer he has instructed personnel from law enforcement agencies in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and has also trained members of the base security staff of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

He has instructed in Officer Survival, Defensive Tactics, Impact Weapons, Revolver, Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle. He has attended training through the Monadnock Training Council, PPCT, NRA, Sig Academy, Smith & Wesson Academy, Connecticut Municipal Police Training Council, Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.

Ernest has been a firearms instructor for over twenty years, and is nationally certified as an NRA Firearms Instructor, NRA Training Counselor, and Range Safety Officer. In 2015 he retired from a 28 year career as a Law Enforcement Officer in New Hampshire. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice.

Contract Instructors

Response Ability Firearms Training, LLC contracts with several instructors to offer training opportunities that you might not otherwise experience. We strive to bring you the best from the Law Enforcement and Military training world, as well as instructors with a background in competitive shooting and training. Bringing real world experience to the classroom and the range, these instructors do not just teach theory, they offer real world practicality to their instruction.

NRA Instructor Mass Certified Training Counselor Range Safety Officer

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Our Courses

NOTICE: If you are taking an approved NRA Course for the purpose of obtaining a Massachusetts Licence To Carry, the instructor must be recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or the COURSE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Response Ability Firearms Training, LLC instructors are certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to teach approved courses to satisfy Massachusetts LTC Training Requirements.

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