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Stone Mountain Firearms Training Service, LLC

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PO Box 304
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I am Douglas M. McCullough (Mac), President and Primary Instructor for Stone Mountain Firearms Training Service (SMFTS). I formed this company to serve the Atlanta area firearms shooting public with sound instruction on the responsible, safe and effective use of handguns and armed self-defense, and to provide an information resource for related topics. A resident of Georgia can get a Georgia Weapons Carry License without any knowledge at all about firearms or the laws that restrict carrying firearms. The current law requires that someone who cannot so much as tell the difference between a pistol and a toaster must be issued a firearms license if they follow the application procedures and pass the GBI background check. Most people who are licensed to carry in this state have never had any formal instruction in firearms and very few have ever been taught armed self-defense techniques. Most have never drawn a loaded firearm from a concealed holster and engaged a target. People need to develop the knowledge, skill and attitude to safely, properly and effectively use their handgun. Stone Mountain Firearms Training Service will provide basic and advanced firearms training for those who are exercising or considering exercising their right to defend themselves with armed force but do not have the requisite set of skills to do so. I have been shooting and teaching firearms and marksmanship off and on since 1970, mostly military small arms. Until just a few years ago I was primarily a rifle shooter. I was a member of the First Infantry Division Rifle Team in 1964. In 1970 while shooting for the University of Houston Rifle Team I was honored by being selected to the First String All American for Collegiate International Rifle Team. I taught and supervised the teaching of Infantry small arms and competition rifle off and on from 1972 through 1988, commanded the US Army Marksmanship Training Unit #5 from 1983 through 1986 and was a shooter/coach in the US Army shooting system for that time. From 1986 until I retired in 1989 I continued competing and coaching. I am distinguished with Service Rifle and hold a Bronze Leg Badge for Pistol. My rating for Service Rifle was High Master when I retired from competition in 1988. I worked for Firearms Training Systems from 1989 to 1992 and again from 2001 to 2008 as a Training Developer. That work continued under the new management of Meggitt Training Systems Inc until May of 2009. Several years ago I started shooting handguns as a result of wanting to be armed for self defense and realizing that it would take some work to do it right. In 2010 I was Certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to teach First Steps Pistol, Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside the Home and in 2011 to teach Personal Protection Outside the Home. Those three courses are the foundation for what we do at SMFTS. The NRA course materials are of professional quality and instruction follows strict NRA lesson plans. Course completion certificates are provided to all who successfully complete the courses of instruction. Our goal is to make it safer in our community as a result of improving the knowledge, skills and attitude of our students and thereby to help preserve the right of all of us to keep and bear arms as clearly stated in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.