Meet Our Instructors

Richard A. Smith, Director of  The Firearms Training Academy

Mr. Smith has many years of extensive firearms experience and thousands of hours of formal advanced level firearms training.

He currently holds:

  • State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenserichardsmith
  • State of Florida Security Officer “D” License
  • State of Florida Statewide Firearm “G” License
  • State of Florida Private Investigator “C” License
  • State of Florida Security Officer Instructor “DI” License
  • State of Florida Firearm Instructor “K” License
  • ASP LE Certified Handcuff Instructor
  • ASP LE Certified Baton Instructor
  • Taser Civilian & LE/Security Certified Instructor (All Models) (Expired)
  • PhaZZer CEW Senior Instructor Certification
  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (Multi-Discipline)
  • NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Law Enforcement Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Law Enforcement Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified "Refuse to be a Victim" Instructor
  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Training Counselor
  • NRA Regional Counselor
  • Rangemaster Certified Firearms Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Advanced Firearms Instructor
  • IALEFI Master Firearms Instructor
  • US Lawshield Certified Instructor
  • Law of Self Defense Certified Instructor
  • Saber LE Certified OC/Pepper Spray Instructor
  • Saber CSAP Certified Instructor
  • Advanced Combative Systems Certified Defensive Tactics, Weapons Retention, and Disarming Instructor 
  • Exodus 22:2 - Luke 22:36

Further certifications are: AHA Certified First AidCPRAED, First Aid, and BLS Instructor and State of Florida Security & Investigative Agency “M” manager’s license
In addition to the previously listed certifications, Mr. Smith has also served as an armed security guard for The United States Department of Defense (SOCSOUTH), an Executive Protection Agent for several high end clients, and faithfully carries a concealed firearm at all times, and has done so for years. Mr. Smith is also an NRA recruiter and has cultivated and recruited dozens of new NRA membersMr. Smith is also a proud NRA Endowment Life Member.

Mr. Smith is a Founding Board Member and former Director of Training & Marketing of Florida Carry, Inc. ( Florida's largest pro gun rights organization, as well as a member of Knife Rights (, GOA ( , JPFO (, FASCO, FALI, IALEFI. and ILEETA to name a few.
Mr. Smith is the owner & Director of  The Firearms Training Academy, Inc. (DS1200098) and the "Security & Investigative Services, Inc."  Agency (A1200286 & B1200287)

Mr. Smith has trained in advanced firearms techniques from numerous advanced instructors and training companies, including Israeli Special Forces Training with Technon Tactical and Israeli Combat Training, firearms training with the Broward County (FL.) Sheriff's office, The Hallandale (FL.) Police Department, and NRA Law Enforcement Division. Mr. Smith has also trained with some of the best trainers in the industry including Dave Spaulding, Manny Kapelsohn, Tom Givens, Massad Ayoob, and John Farnam. Mr. Smith has also attended the IALEFI Training Conference, and the Rangemaster Tactical Conference. He has trained with Simmunitions and airsoft in force on force and in shoothouses. He has also trained on numerous different simulators including Meggit FATS, Laser Shot, TI Training, and more. Mr. Smith has taken many martial arts, H2H, and CQB courses. Mr. Smith has trained Thousands of people in the safe and effective use of Firearms, including military and law enforcement, and continues to take 3-4 courses a year as a student, so as to stay abreast of the latest techniques and developments in the training community.

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