by David Crane
DefenseReview readers may remember that we wrote about the Valhalla Training Center (a.k.a. the Valhalla Shooting Club & Training Center) back in July 2004. The article was titled "Valhalla Training Center, LLC: The Future of Tactical Training Schools?". Anyway, Tom Forman, Rob Pincus, Richard Sharrer, and the rest of the Valhalla bunch have just come out with their own newsletter, called, appropriately enough, "The Valhalla Training Center Newsletter".
The newsletter’s subtitle describes the publication as "The Journal of the Most Progressive Reality Based Training Center on The Planet". Hyperbolic to be sure, but we don’t yet know whether or not Valhalla can deliver on that claim, since DefRev hasn’t yet had the chance to train there. So we can’t attest to the above claim–but it’s certainly an interesting facility. Valhalla is part of the…
Elk Mountain Resort, a luxury resort situated in the San Juan Mountains about 40 minutes from Telluride Colorado. This setup is unique in the world of tactical shooting schools. Very different from, let’s say, Gunsite (just as an example), which is located out in the Paulden, Arizona desert.
DefenseReview isn’t saying Valhalla is better than Gunsite. It’s just cushier. The self-proclaimed "world’s most comfortable and exciting shooting facility" features a 16,000 square-foot indoor pistol facility with a state-of-the-art automated range and a two-story 360-degree live-fire "safe scenario" shoot-house. Students can take their morning prep and safety briefing on an expensive, comfy sofa, train in relative (air-conditioned/heated) indoor comfort, and head right back to the 5-star Elk Mountain Resort for dinner, dessert, and whatever else they want to do in the evening hours, after training.
But Valhalla’s not just for civilians. U.S. military Special Operations (SPECOPS) units, law enforcement SWAT/SRT teams, and U.S. federal agencies (LE) all use the facility from time to time, to train, since it’s such a state-of-the-art facility and so comfortable to train at. Valhalla’s indoor automated static range and "scenario house" indoor shoot-house are apparently nonpareil/unsurpassed. I mean, why rough it if you don’t have to?
Now that’s livin’. I gotta’ get over there.
Anyway, DefRev readers might want to check out The Valhalla Training Center Newsletter when they get a chance. You can subscribe to it by typing in your email address in the box on the lefthand side of the page, about midway down the page.
Click here to read Defense Review’s original article on the Valhall Shooting Club & Training Center, titled, "Valhalla Training Center, LLC: The Future of Tactical Training Schools?