with Dave Brown
TRAINER - WRITER - SPEAKER
“If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life.”
Dave Brown is a firearms safety specialist and professional instructor. He works primarily with government agencies, law enforcement officers and military units on weapons handling, safety and marksmanship.
Learning in the fast-paced world of competitive pistol shooting, he trained with some of the fastest and most accurate shooters on earth. He began to realize that these advanced skills would be particularly useful in the field of police weapons training, where instruction at the time was dominated by stationary shooting exercises and a hodgepodge of outdated techniques. Vowing to approach police training as a science, he studied the performance of the human body under stress and then integrated that into modern dynamic shooting techniques. He began writing about his common sense approach to practical firearms training in 1995, and eventually became one of few civilians considered an expert on police weapons. Safety, accuracy and responsibility became the three cornerstones of his training.
His knowledge of firearms safety and responsibility also led Dave to become one of the primary subject-matter experts in the design of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. He helped literally write the book on firearms safety in Canada. Dave has now written over 80 magazine articles on firearms safety and training for a variety of publications and been recognized in court as an Expert Witness.
Widely sought after by the film industry as a firearms specialist, Dave has become an integral part of many movie and stage productions. Considered one of the top firearms safety specialists in the business, Dave was the keynote speaker at the 2002 Halifax conference on Safety in the Film Industry, opening speaker at the 2012 Action on Film International Film Festival in California, keynote speaker at the University of Winnipeg Student Film Festival, guest lecturer at both the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba and seminar presenter at the 2016 Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT) annual conference.
He has been invited to speak on firearms safety in film to groups across Canada and the U.S. and is currently helping to develop safety presentations for film and stage across North America.
Firearms Safety Coordinator
As Firearms Safety Coordinator, Dave Brown advises film and theatre productions on safety issues, trains cast on safety and handling techniques and supervises gun handling on film sets. He has worked with hundreds of talented cast and crew and been firearms trainer to many of the top names in Hollywood.
Known for his calm approach and professional manner, Dave has taught workshops across Canada and in Los Angeles, and been interviewed by numerous media outlets. He recently appeared on the Discovery Channel to talk about firearms safety in film.
Tactical Firearms Editor
In 1998, Dave Brown was named as the Tactical Firearms Editor for Blue Line Law Enforcement Magazine, Canada's largest police publication. Always pushing for a better understanding of the science, he has contributed articles on everything from police weapons training, vehicles and driving to officer survival. As a civilian respected as an expert in police firearms training, Dave was invited to testify before the Commons committee on national security at the House of Commons in Ottawa, on the topic of arming Canada Border Service Agency officers.
Dave Brown helped design the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course. He traveled across the country to teach training techniques to other instructors and to train Justice employees on regulations, licence forms and conflict resolution.
Dave has designed and delivered a range of advanced firearms courses to multiple government agencies. He also coached the Canadian Military Police combat pistol team and has trained Military Police units on advanced tactical pistol skills.
Dave has been particularly recognized for his skills in shotgun training for bear defence. His courses have been adopted by several government agencies for their employees working in wilderness areas, and his unique program of shotgun training is known for its practical approach to shotgun safety and handling in bear country.
SAFETY - ACCURACY - RESPONSIBILITY