Our Mission

MV Tactical & Firearms Training, Inc. is a privately owned and operated training school, dedicated to developing our clients’ shooting and gun-handling skills to an extremely high level, and to instill in them the tactical mindset and knowledge base necessary to survive and prevail in armed encounters.

Owned and staffed by honorably retired or active duty law enforcement officers – each possessing decades of experience in training civilian and law enforcement students in various shooting and tactical disciplines on multiple firearms platforms. MV Tactical instructors’ backgrounds include surviving multiple gun battles and other armed confrontations, and also competing successfully in national level firearms competitions. Our instructors draw upon their significant training and life experiences to provide our students with a safe, fun and meaningful learning and skill building experience.

Our operational imperatives are ensuring the safety of our students and staff, promoting a positive learning environment and providing a high quality of instruction. We attain these standards by mandating low student-instructor ratios, selecting the most accomplished and experienced instructors, and by teaching proven, battle-tested methods.

Our Team

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Brian retired in 2012 after a thirty-four year police career in Los Angeles County, California. He holds an MA degree in History from the California State University, Northridge and a BS degree in Public Safety Administration from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Brian has worked patrol (officer, field training officer and sergeant), K-9 unit, major crimes surveillance, US Customs Service task-force, street-level and major narcotics, special problems unit, and detective bureau (investigator and supervisor). Brian is the department’s only two-time Medal of Valor recipient.

With decades of teaching experience in law enforcement and in the private sector, Brian holds instructor level certifications from California P.O.S.T. and the NRA, Law Enforcement Division. He created and taught his department’s active shooter response plan, and standardized building search and room clearing protocol. He authored the department’s patrol rifle proposal and instructed operator school for the subsequently adopted Colt AR-15/M- 4 patrol rifle.

BRIAN FITZPATRICK

OWNER
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Lou retired from law enforcement as a sergeant after 30 years of service with two different departments in Los Angeles County.  His certifications include California P.O.S.T. as a pistol instructor, by the FBI as a pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor and by H & K as an MP-5 instructor.  Lou is a graduate of the USMC Law Enforcement Counter Sniper Course and has qualified as an “expert” with the M-16, AR 18, MP-5 and the Reising SMG.

LOU CASTLE

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Vahagn is a N.R.A. firearms instructor. He has over twenty years of instructional experience across several disciplines and is a first aid, CPR, emergency oxygen and AED instructor. In addition to his full-time employment he is actively involved with volunteering for the National Park Service, serves on the board of directors of a N.P.S. friends group, and is a reserve sergeant, training and range cadre, for a tribal police department.  Vahagn Nahabedian has a B.A from the University of California Santa Barbara.

VAHAGN NAHABEDIAN

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Richard is a N.R.A. firearms instructor and N.R.A. Chief Range Safety Officer. He has over 15 years of instructional experience across several disciplines and is a first aid, CPR, emergency oxygen and AED instructor. In addition to his full-time employment is he is a member of the Ventura Search and Rescue Dive team and has an A.S. in criminal justice.

RICHARD LUCAS

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