About the School  

De Oppresso Liber:  To Free the Oppressed, the exact words that inspire the U.S. Army Special Forces

There is something about the outside of a firearm that is
good for the inside of an American!                 (Apologies to R. Reagan)

Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
Robert E. Howard

Created by Tim Gwynn, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army Special Forces (Retired), the Wolverine School of Personal Safety is intended to provide to private citizens, Law Enforcement Organizations and Officers (and others) the basic, intermediate, and advanced skills for the protection of self, loved ones, and other citizens, in firearms usage, unarmed skills proficiency, and intermediate tools.

Registrations may be made using the "Sign Up Now" buttons.  Perusing the class pages is highly encouraged to ensure you are interested in an appropriate class.  Please contact Tim at 970-749-3296 or at with any questions.

Training Schedule  Late registrations/payments MUST be arranged in advance---If your attendance is not nailed down the instructors may not be there!!!  Additionally, a given class may not have any students signed up, the case in the Levels classes.  Your phone call or email could well result in a class change to your benefit, or other arrangement.

The School philosophy is based upon the performance-based-training model and depends on the student's drive to succeed, to be better at the end than at the beginning of instruction.  Any gains in skill levels are counted as successes.  SAFETY is the only formal standard against which a student is measured.  Serious violations of SAFETY standards may result in an early student deparure.

Each class page sets a fee for class materials and range and instructor maintenance.  The student is encouraged to inquire about terms to allay the immediate cost in keeping with the Wolverine Mission to ensuring that anyone desiring to acquire defensive skills will be accommodated.

AND, we also have a Facebook Page at Wolverine School of Personal Safety.

In discussions with students from the Pagosa Springs area it appears that there may be an opportunity to offer training in that area, at least for classroom portions.  We are willing to make the drive meaning you do not have to especially during game migration seasons, for the two evenings of the Basic Defensive Pistol/CCW (Concealed Handgun Permit) class.  That leaves the daylight trip to Red Dawn Range up to you.  There would have to be a minimum number of students required to make it worthwhile for us, perhaps six or more.  Our contact information is on this page and each class page.  This can apply to Silverton as well.

Constitutional Carry laws have been offered several times in Colorado, so far unsuccessfully.  Wolverine School knows that in order for a citizen to carry legally in other states that reciprocate with CO, our citizen must have a CCW Permit (Concealed Handgun Permit).  Coupled with responsible firearms owners and users the school will be busy for a long time.  FYI:  The Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit is recognized in 34 states.

NOTE WELL:  Red Dawn Range is a female friendly facility!  A recent student was so afraid of firearms that she thought she needed private instruction.  And it turned out that she was correct.  Slowly she gained confidence in the safety requirements, the firearms, and herself that she was able to enroll in the Basic Defensive Pistol/CCW (Concealed Handgun Permit) class and successfully and virtually stress free complete the course.

Another woman approached the class with great fear as well.  There were tears rolling down her face as she approached the firing line for the first time.  She also successfully, though not so stress free, completed the course of instruction.

P.S. We emphatically discourage any gun-related conversation between our ladies and the men they may bring with them to class!




Twin Olympic Biathletes Tracy & Lanny Barnes visit with Tim and Duke after a Rimfire Challenge at Red Dawn Range


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