COVID-19 Update

To limit virus exposure risks, Gator Farm Tactical suspended all training operations in April and May 2020.  We have now resumed our class schedule.  Anyone who registered for a class that was impacted by this suspension will receive a refund from Pima County after the normal end date of the class.  Please check this website for routine updates.  Thank you for your understanding.

Gator Farm Tactical has a Contract with Pima County

NRPR LogoGator Farm has a contract with Pima County to offer firearms classes at Pima County’s Shooting Sport Ranges.  The regularly scheduled classes are listed under the CLASSES menu of this website and you can signup for these classes through Pima County at .  You can also arrange private classes by calling Dan Southard at 520-249-0394.

Massad Ayoob Group Affiliation

Gator Farm Tactical is the ONLY training organization in Southern Arizona that is both affiliated with, and authorized by, the Massad Ayoob Group to conduct the MAG-20/Live Fire Range class (formerly known as LFI Stress Fire), which is a two day, 20 hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress.  Our instructors are graduates of the Massad Ayoob Group classes.  Our lead instructors have been appointed as MAG Staff Instructors or Senior Staff Instructors after completing the demanding Massad Ayoob Group Instructor Courses.  In addition, our instructors have assisted with Multiple MAG-40 classes taught by Massad Ayoob himself, under his direct supervision.

Massad Ayoob visits Tucson

On November 7th and 8th 2020, Gator Farm Tactical will host Massad Ayoob, our country’s leading advocate of legal issues in self defense, to present his very intense two day study of “The Armed Citizens Rules of Engagement” during a self defense situation.  This will be the eighth time we host a visit by Massad Ayoob to Southern Arizona.  We look forward to hosting Massad’s next trip to Tucson.  For more information on Massad Ayoob’s classes visit his web site at

Gator Farm Tactical Class Featured on KGUN9 TV News

On December 22 2019, KGUN9 TV News broadcast a feature story on our “Handgun Safety and Selection Seminar”.  The story emphasized the importance of firearms training to responsible gun ownership. You can view the broadcast on the KGUN9 website at https://KGUN9

MAG 20 Class and Gator Farm Tactical were featured in Personal Defense World

The Massad Ayoob Group MAG 20 class hosted by Gator Farm Tactical was featured in the 2018 edition of Personal Defense World magazine.  The article titled “When The Smoke Clears” by Mike Detty explains how the MAG 20 class is ideal for serious students who want to protect themselves and their families in the most responsible and law-abiding way possible.   This course focuses in depth on the rules of engagement for armed citizens.  It includes legal issues, tactical issues, threat identification and avoidance, and aftermath management.  It prepares the armed citizen to defend themselves in a life threatening encounter and the associated legal aftermath.

Gator Farm Tactical Uses the Latest Training Technology

SIRT 110 ProGator Farm Tactical offers the latest training technology in its handgun classes using SIRT training pistols from Next Level Training.  The SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) pistol is a dedicated dual laser (Green & Red) training devise with the functional features of a Glock™ 17/22 pistol.  It provides realistic dry-fire training to refine marksmanship fundamentals in advance of live-fire training.  This allows our students to learn the fundamentals of sight alignment and trigger control without the distractions of live-fire before going to the firing range.  It makes their range time much more effective.

Gator Farms Tactical also employs the new Targetize™ Personal Firearms Training System which uses 9-axis motion sensor technology to track minute pistol muzzle movement during the trigger pull.  It provides instant analysis and corrective feedback via a smart phone application regarding stance, grip and trigger pull to diagnose and correct shooting problems. This allows shooters to rapidly improve their shooting accuracy, stability, and precision.  It takes the guess work out of firearms training.

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