Firearms Training Specialist Promoting
Responsibility Through Education
Train with a certified rifle and pistol coach and highly qualified tactical firearm instructor who is an advocate of individual firearms ownership rights, and is equally concerned with the responsibility associated with those rights.
Through Knowledge Comes Strength
2015: 2014 was another banner year for ATTS. I personally want to thank all of our clients for selecting ATTS for their training needs and for referring us to their friends and family members as well. We made a lot of new friends in the process. In January of 2015, ATTS will also celebrate it's sixth year of operation. We will continue offering all of our Two-day Tactical courses with the addition of our new Precision (Sniper) Rifle course, and our new Tactical Revolver course. Many people own revolvers for concealed carry and home defense so we believe this course will be a most welcome addition to our tactical lineup. Watch for them both on our 2015 schedule.
We will also continue to offer our 16-hour Illinois Concealed Carry courses when requested by our clients. Illinois Concealed Carry was a flash in the pan for us here at ATTS. We ran several large classes at first, and then requests died off completely. We believe that the huge number of instructors on the State's website (around 3,000) had a lot to do with this. As we found out through the media, many were, and still are unqualified to teach this course. Add that to the State's extremely high application fee, and the stringent restrictions they placed upon the citizens of Illinois on where they could carry their pistols probably turned a lot of people off. The State was expecting to process 400,000 applications the first year. I believe they only processed about 96,000. We'll see if 2015 brings any any changes from Springfield in regard to the application fees, and if they decide to relax some of the carry restrictions, but I would highly doubt it.
2014: On January 20th, ATTS will celebrate it's fifth anniversary. To mark this milestone achievement, we've got six of our Two-day Tactical training courses set, as well as our very popular Dynamic Force on Force Air-soft courses, and a slew of Illinois CCW courses set throughout the year. We will also run as many NRA Instructor-level courses as we can fit into our busy schedule. Please check our Schedule Page for more information.
2013: Illinois Concealed Carry is now law. My course curriculum and my instructor credentials have been approved. We are only teaching our full 16-hour, state approved course. I'm sorry to say but we cannot give you credit hours for any previous firearm training, nor will we accept a military DD-214 as proof of service. The amount of liability placed upon the instructor's to verify these documents is staggering. It has also been brought to our attention by investigators we personally know at the VA that at least 60% of the DD-214's in circulation are fraudulent so we cannot assume the risk.
January 20, 2013 will start the fourth year of service to the shooting community for ATTS. 2012 was an excellent year for ATTS as over 100 students attended our two-day tactical firearm courses, not to mention the scores of students who attended our Utah/Florida Concealed Carry courses, our Dynamic Force on Force Air-soft courses, and those who trained to become NRA Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers.
During 2012, Pete obtained several more instructor ratings. One was for Dynamic Force of Force Air-soft Instructor. We ran two DFOF courses in 2012 and they were immensely popular and successful. We will be running several of these classes annually from this point on. Our extremely realistic DFOF scenarios are the closest a student will ever come to facing a deadly force encounter without actually having to experience one first-hand. We strongly recommend this course to anyone who is in law enforcement, works security, or is a civilian CCW holder.
Pete also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). His goal was to create an even safer training environment for his students and to offer top quality First-aid training for the shooting community with a class aptly titled, "Trauma Emergency Intervention for Firearm Instructors and Shooting Enthusiasts".
2012: In June of 2012, Peter J. Kolovos applied for and met all of the mandatory requirements to earn the coveted "Advanced Pistol Instructor" Certification from the NRA Training Division in June of 2012. He is probably one of the first instructors in the nation to have this prestigious certification bestowed upon him.
Being that the State of Wisconsin has finally adopted concealed carry, and being that Wisconsin now recognizes the Utah non-resident permit, interest in obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit will greatly increase with Illinois residents during the coming year. ATTS has already scheduled many more Utah CFP classes to accommodate the demand.
2012 has brought several new courses to the ATTS curriculum. The three most important will be the “Black Rifle Basics” program which is a two-day indoctrination of the AR-15 platform of rifles. The “Introduction to the Tactical Shotgun” which is a two-day block of training on the Tactical pump shotgun, and the two-day Tactical Pistol course. All three of these exciting new courses have been Registered and Approved by the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division. ATTS is in the process of having their Precision Rifle training program registered and approved as well. We are also in the process of creating a "Force on Force" training program utilizing Air Soft firearms. Keep watching the ATTS web site for updates.
2011: 2011 was a very busy year for ATTS. It had Pete traveling all over the country to train and to be trained as well. It started off with him attending several of the NRA law enforcement instructor development schools. The first was the Precision Rifle Instructor School in Memphis, TN, followed closely by the Patrol Rifle Instructor School in Ford City, Pennsylvania, and the Handgun/Shotgun Instructor School in Mexico, MO.
He also traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to renew his Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Instructor rating, and then attended the IALEFI Master Firearms Instructor Development Program in Chattanooga, TN. He also became a Regional Counselor for the NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim Program.
Since the inception of ATTS, Pete has personally trained and certified well over 200 new NRA Certified Instructors in several shooting disciplines, and has trained approximately 200 students for their Utah or Florida Concealed Firearm Permits. With the State of Wisconsin now accepting the Utah Non-resident concealed carry permit, Pete expects interest in the Utah permit to skyrocket, especially with Illinois residents who routinely travel to Wisconsin.
By constantly attending and updating our own training, ATTS strives to bring you the best firearm instruction in the Midwest region. Pete believes that people should never stop wanting to learn, or think that they ever have enough training, and that goes for instructors as well.
2010: September 2010 found Peter J. Kolovos instructing 90 female shooters during the National Rifle Association’s Second Annual Women’s Wilderness Escape held at the NRA’s Whittington Center in beautiful Raton, New Mexico.
The ladies, came from all over the United States, to learn to shoot various types of firearms which included small bore rifles, tactical carbines, long-range high power rifles, Five-stand Sporting Clays, revolvers and semi-automatic pistols and archery. Other activities included an NRA Wild Turkey Hunter Clinic, a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar, survival training, wild game calling, tree-stand safety, a mock hunt, stargazing, and GPS navigation.
Because of his vast experience in the many aspects of the shooting sports, Director of Firearm Training, Peter Kolovos applied for and was selected as an NRA staff instructor for this event. As an NRA Certified Training Counselor and NRA Certified Coach he not only instructs new shooters but he has classes where he trains the trainers.
2009: In January of 2009, the Academy of Tactical Training & Security, LLC was founded by former Deputy Sheriff, Peter J. Kolovos. He started that January off with his first class of 20 Utah Concealed Firearm Permit students, and ATTS has been going strong ever since.