What a fantastic firearms training facility we have right here in our backyard with Blue Ridge Marksmanship! Kevin Dylus is a FANTASTIC instructor who takes the time to make sure you understand and are comfortable with your chosen firearm. I have now taken 4 courses from Kevin – AR-15 Operator, Two Man Room Clearing/CQB, TacMed and Close Quarters Pistol and Pistol Speed Development – and all of them were top notch. I would spend every weekend at BRM if I could. I can’t say enough good things about Kevin and his first class training facility and programs. I highly recommend it to anyone serious about developing their proficiency with handguns, AR-15, or shotguns.
Blue Ridge Marksmanship literally one-up’s the industry. Kevin and his team (Randy and Andy) were the best. Kevin keeps the classroom portion fun and entertains your attention span so time literally flies by. Out on the range, the team explains shooting in another language that is easy for beginners, novices, and experts alike to understand. The rental guns are top-notch and there was no fear about they’re quality and integrity. Randy and Andy are the best range instructors anyone could ask for and if they suggest something crazy (like adjusting your grip or standing differently) then burn a few rounds trying it and it will seriously improve you and if it doesn’t then they won’t give up on helping you advance. They will cheer you on and celebrate with you when you make progress and it seriously lifts your confidence level to a point where you forget you are taking a class! I cannot even describe how happy I am with my CCH class through Blue Ridge Marksmanship, I wouldn’t recommend anyone else!
Just finished up Pistol Speed development this past weekend and that class certainly delivered. I’ve been to many different schools and have close to 500 hours of training in those classes and this was one of the most demanding and challenging courses I’ve been to. You should have a solid grasp of fundamentals before this class because you hit the ground running. All of the different drills are designed to build on the next and push you harder. Just when you think you have it, Kevin turns up the volume and has you working for more. I didn’t think I had the speed in me that Kevin helped to find. Blue Ridge doesn’t offer this class very often due to the demanding nature and difficulty of Pistol Speed Development, so when you see it on the calendar sign up quickly. Can’t say enough good things about Kevin and his team. If you have the basics down and are looking to turn it up to 11, this class will do it. If you still can’t find your front sight, this probably isn’t for you.
I just finished the NC CCH course with Kevin Dylus as the instructor / trainer. I fully expected this course to be led by someone who was knowledgeable in both pistol technique and the law of self defense as it relates to the NC CCH requirements, and Kevin gets top marks in both areas. I also found that Kevin is an excellent trainer / teacher. As someone who has spent many hours instructing in a class format, I can say without reservation that Kevin is one of the best trainers I have had the pleasure of observing. Kevin wove the required instructional material into a class conversation so seamlessly that it was hard to discern that we were actually “learning”. He asked pointed questions that required us to think and to start the mental preparations necessary for carrying concealed in public. And, he did so is such a casual way that the time just flew by. When time came for the written test, I found that I could easily recall the needed information due to the connections that Kevin made in class. Range time was just as enjoyable and beneficial. Good technique was reinforced and deficiencies were corrected. But, if felt like a day at the range with good friends, FUN. I truly cannot recommend this course highly enough. Thanks to Kevin and BRM!
After 30 years of law-enforcement I’ve had the opportunity to train with some excellent instructors. Kevin Dylus is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in teaching techniques and tactics and most importantly explaining the why behind them. I have taken tactical carbine from several top-tier training facilities , Such as H K and Blackwater. Kevin is the most knowledgeable rifle instructor I have encountered so far. His two day carbine operators class is second to none and was a great experience. I took much from the class and look forward to returning for other classes that Kevin and his group of instructors will be teaching.
This is what I’ve been looking for! As a civilian, I have wanted training on how to be safe and effective as a gun owner and concealed carrier. In my opinion, most people who carry/own firearms from defense do not seek proper training. Hence the alarming statistics of people being harmed with their own firearms. Blue Ridge Marksmanship provides this training in a safe and fun way.
Kevin Dylus is not only technically knowledgeable, he has had real life experience. He was able to teach me beginning exactly at my skill level and vastly improve my skill level by the end of the day.
I plan to continue through as many classes as possible with Blue Ridge Markmanship. I have also signed my wife up for their CCW class.
The defense pistol course exceeded my expectations. Kevin is an exceptional instructor who provides individualized feedback for any level shooter. Not only was this course informative and practical it was a ton of fun and entertaining. I recommend anyone who takes responsibility in carrying a firearm on a daily basis to take this course and challenge themselves in real life situations. Can’t say enough positive things about Kevin and Blue Ridge Marksmanship. I will be back for more courses.
By far one of the best instructors I’ve ever met . A great guy with no b’s and loads of hands on time . You won’t find a better guy
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin at a security training course here in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kevin is by far one of the best instructors I have met. There are many instructors out there but few have the communication skills that Kevin does. He is well spoke and knowledgable. Kevin will not try to BS you. Kevin said something very impressive during our course which few instructors are able to do. He admitted he didn’t know the answer to a room full of student. Being a firearms instructor myself and having attended several different firearms training schools throughout my military and LEO Career, I have watched many instructors BS there way around a question they didn’t know or weren’t sure of. Instead Kevin responded the way many instructors should in these situations. The question Kevin faced was a very difficult one for anyone to answer and it should not take away from Kevin or Blue Ridge Marksmanship by any means. Kevin’s knowledge in firearm training is extensive and it showed throughout the entire course. Kevin is definitely an instructor of instructors and I look forward to my first visit to his facility in the coming months. Kevin is definitely a gifted instructor and after meeting him in person I will definitely be doing several trips out to Blue Ridge Marksmanship in the future. I encourage shooters of any skill level to attend his courses and I strongly encourage new instructors to attend his courses.
This past weekend, Kevin came to our church to teach our security team. It was such a great experience since all material and range time were tailored to the needs of our team and experience levels. No only were we challenged in train of thought, marksmanship and readiness but we were also brought together as a team and bonded in all exercises. In the near future I will without a doubt take further training from Kevin and encourage anyone to have him train your team. He will challenge you, teach you and if you put it to play you will grow. Thanks Kevin
Kevin is AMAZING! You will not find a more professional or fun instructor than he! I took the concealed carry course last weekend and am looking forward to taking many more courses with Kevin. His time is absolutely invaluable and worth much more than he charges for!!!
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I have previous firearms experience. My father was a hunter safety instructor so I’ve been around firearms my entire life. I primarily shot rifles and shotguns so when I decided to take two separate pistol courses with Kevin I was pretty new in the fundamental aspect of pistols. After having taken a Concealed Carry class and a Pistol 1 class I can say without a doubt that I am ten times better at using my firearm and training with the practical drills that Kevin taught me. Kevin is easy to get along with and gets right to the point with very easy to understand instruction on the range. He has one of the safest shooting environments I’ve seen and strives to keep it that way. If you’re looking for a great firearms instructor you can look no more. This course was worth every penny spent and I will most definitely be taking more classes in the future to advance my skills even further.
I’m a former LEO and have attended firearms training by some of the best instructors anywhere. On January 9 my staff and I took a course from Kevin. It was, by miles, the best training I’ve ever had.
Kevin wastes no time. His instruction technique is to the point and easy to understand. The practical drills he uses can be used afterward.
His humor and knowledge make the experience enjoyable while building self confidence and honing skills.
These courses are exceptionally worth the price.
My husband and I looked for a long time to find a range like Kevin’s He is someone with a vast knowledge of firearms who is diligent about safety for yourself and others when handling guns.
He is exceedingly caring and also infuses his classes with humor! We both enjoyed every class we had with Kevin and we were always amazed at how creative he was, as no two classes were ever the same.
We highly recommend Kevin to novice and proficient marksman alike because whatever your level he will make you feel more confident and you will be much more proficient upon completion of his classes
It is trust when you select a trainer of firearms to instruct your adult children. After 28 years in the military with multiple deployments, I had taught my children all I could, but wanted them to be prepared and confident. This is when I selected Blue Ridge Marksmanship. The quality of instruction, the safety measures employed and the ability to shape the courses to any skill level gave me complete faith in this instruction. During and after the classes my impression of this company only went higher. Having attended numerous firearms classes and taught a few in basic skills, I know this company runs the safest and most affordable for the very high level of instruction. No other firearms instruction meets this level.
Kevin is hands down the best instructor I have ever worked with. He has the ability to teach concepts in a relatable manner that allows students to comprehend the material regardless of past level of experience. Combined with his engaging teaching style and the beauty of the area itself, any course offered at Blue Ridge Marksmanship is worth every penny.
Can’t say enough great things about Kevin and the Blue Ridge Marksmanship facility! Had a blast taking the Concealed Handgun course. Kevin was very professional and laid back . I learned a lot from this course and look forward to taking the pistol 1 course in the near future. Highly recommend anyone looking to get there concealed carry or to get more training from the other courses they have. The Range was very nice as well. Can’t wait to come back!
Having owned an AR type rifle for a decade, I was familiar with the platform but had never had any formal training on it. Having taught numerous classes in other skill sets, I understand what makes an effective instructor. I appreciate that Kevin’s class started on a level that was aimed toward building a solid set of knowledge for folks who had little or no experience, as this is where all classes should start. He has full patience for the novice, and that is a sign of a good instructor. I also appreciate that as the day went on, the pace picks up depending on how well the students are doing. This means that even someone who already has some amount of experience will benefit from the class. He makes sure no one is left behind while also pushing everyone to go further. He uses a “building blocks” approach that sets a solid foundation and then expands upon it as the student progresses. He is knowledgeable, methodical, and approachable and I definitely recommend him as an instructor. Also, the range itself is very well built and the amount of range time in the class is perfect! I will definitely be coming back for other classes in the future.
I have never picked up a gun other than to “look” at them when I was at Dad’s house. I went in to this training with the promise that when I left there, I was going to be equipped with the skills and mindset of how and when to use a firearm. Kevin’s classroom setting was comfortable, relaxed, and exciting all at the same time. He was very clear on situations and times to know the difference when to use a firearm. I learned things about firearms that I never thought I would. The test in the classroom was simple and clear to me due to Kevin’s’ teaching. NOW…. the range test. I was so nervous! I have never shot a firearm nor knew how to even hold it correctly. “Not a problem” Kevin said. “When you leave here, there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked.” Well, long story short…. I’m hooked. He knew exactly what to say, how to say it, and shown me how to make sure I was hitting those targets in the right spot. After my first shot, I knew this was right. When finished with the course, I CAN’T WAIT TO COME BACK!!! Blue Ridge Marksmanship… you guys are awesome!!!
Took Pistol 1 and loved it. Reinforced and built upon existing skills and identified important weaknesses. Went home with homework and an intense commitment to return better next time.
Worth every cent and every round.
Can’t wait to return for more.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank Kevin and his staff. Being in a position of LEO & MILITARY-USMC I can appreciate the need for professional and realistic training. Myself and a few of my team members have taken Kevin’s classes and he is OUTSTANDING! His demeanor, patience and educational skills make him one of the most effective teachers I’ve had my 30 year career. I recommend Kevin & BRM to anyone who is interested in learning from the best. Kevin is not only a great teacher, a true professional but also a great guy.
Wow! What an awesome day on the range. I was a NRA Instructor-Rifle for 15 years teaching Boy Scouts Firearm Safety and Rifle Marksmanship and thought I knew how to shoot. Kevin and Keith took me to another level of handgun shooting improving both my accuracy and confidence. They are professional, safe, courteous and fun. I’ve signed up for my next 2 day course in March and can’t wait for two days at Blue Ridge Marksmanship.
Kevin Dylus has been an instructor of mine, formally and informally, since I was in grade school. I can say, with full confidence that had I NOT had Kevin in charge of my firearms training that I would not enjoy the current respect of safety and control of accuracy which I command today. If you wish to have an instructor who will teach to your current level of skill (beginner to expert) and encourage you toward higher levels of skill, Kevin Dylus and Blue Ridge Marksmanship is your best bet. If you wish to get the BEST value for your hard-earned dollar that you can find anywhere in the greatest country in the entire world, then again I say to you, Kevin Dylus and Blue Ridge Marksmanship is your best bet.
Can’t say enough good things about Kevin and Blue Ridge Marksmanship. I really enjoyed the class and look forward to training with them again soon.
I have had training from both Kevin and Keith. These guys are the Real Deal. If either of them say, or show you something, count on it. I highly recommend Blue Ridge Marksmanship. It is not only a high-quality facility but also the trainers are as good as you can find anywhere!
Myself and two coworkers took our Concealed Carry class with Kevin Dylus this past Saturday. We had a blast. We learned far more than expected. Kevin was very laid back but remained professional the whole time. He was very patient and understanding. We asked a lot of questions and he was polite in answering all of them. I would highly recommend this course and the three of us have already decided to take his other pistol classes.
My experience at Blue Ridge Marksmenship was awesome. The facilities are great with plenty of room to accommodate a variety of group sizes. Kevin and Keith are amazing instructors and people. Their knowledge and professionalism was tremendous. Above the instruction when I left I felt that I made a couple new friends. Hope all is well guys!
In the vernacular of us military types (active and retired) this is high speed low drag training at it’s best! Kevin is keenly proficient with a vast number of weapon systems and, more importantly, has what it takes to impart his knowledge to others no matter what their skill level is. Western NC now has an excellent training asset and I for one will certainly be taking further advantage of it!
As a Senior, as in over 65, while I wanted to feel more safe at home and traveling, learning the required legal information for a conceal carry permit concerned me.
Kevin made me feel confident that my goal was reachable. His teaching was precise and interesting. His years of teaching are evident in his personal approach with each student.
I left the classroom feeling more confident about legal guidelines than I thought possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed the shooting on the range. Each of us received personal reviews ( and encouragement) after each round.
I look forward to the pistol 1 class.
I would highly recommend Blue Ridge Marksmanship to any one who wants to learn shooting skills on any level.
Hi Donna i also am 65yrs lady and own 380 sig and AR-15 i really just want to train more , live in candler nc. i also am looking for more ladies to train with and havent found any, got my CCW last year. Thanks for the input. Vic
I recently took the Conceal/Carry Course with Kevin. Going into the class I was intimidated by my new pistol and my inexperience around a firearm. I can honestly say by the end of the day I had 100% confidence in my ability to handle and fire my pistol. The classroom instruction was second to none! Thank you Kevin!!!!
Kevin is truly gifted at teaching firearms skills to virtually anyone willing to accept instruction. He can quickly determine a student’s skill level and teach him or her the most effective technique to improve accuracy and speed with an array of firearms. His attention to safety, professional skill and light sense of humor make him ideally suited to teach marksmanship to virtually any audience.
This is a review for all the ladies that want their conceal/carry, learn how to handle a gun, and to shoot accurately. Blue Ridge Marksmanship is the place to go. Even though you may feel outside of your comfort zone, their instructors treat you like an intelligent person. They are sincere in wanting to show you how to handle your weapon, understand the law, and to shoot. It is an encouraging and comfortable experience. Once you finish the conceal/carry course, you’ll have a trust in Blue Ridge Marksmanship and will want to sign up for the many other courses that they offer.
Being new to the AR platform, I took the Rifle 1 course. This was the first ever real training for me, so going in, just did not know what to expect, but then you meet Kevin. He is a great guy. He covered so much about the AR platform in just two days. It was very comprehensible and never rushed. He teaches you how to operate your rifle actively, in a fun and safe way.and will take the time to make sure you completely understand before moving on. We spent probably 95 percent of the time on range, with just a little classroom time. The drills and qualifiers he has you run are awesome and really show you were you are shooting wise and when it is over, you take home so much knowledge about your rifle and invaluable skills you can practice and perfect. I will definitely be going back for more. Thanks Kevin
Kevin and Keith are safe, knowledgeable, and funny. What more could you ask from your instructors? I will take as many classes with them as I can, that’s how good they are. If you want to learn how to shoot, or improve your shooting skills go to Blue Ridge Marksmanship.
What a first class operation Kevin has created at Blue Ridge Marksmanship. He has thought of every detail and makes learning fun. I had never shot a gun before, and Kevin taught me well and instilled confidence in me. Can’t wait to go back!
What a first class operation Blue Ridge Marksmanship is. Kevin has created a fantastic and safe environment to learn how to shoot. I had never held a gun before, and he made learning fun and instilled confidence in me. Kevin has thought of every little detail, and his skill and care come through in everything he does. Thanks!
Prior to my attendance at the Blue Ridge Marksmanship class I had not held a loaded gun. I was fretful about my general ignorance of guns and anxious about shooting a pistol. Thankfully, the instructors at BRM were respectful of my inexperience. They did not belittle my lack of knowledge and skill. In fact, they were patient and encouraging. The classroom time built my knowledge and basic skills about handling an unloaded gun. Then on the firing range it was apparent safety was paramount. I could feel the effects of adrenaline as I fired on the target for the first time. Following each successive round of shooting, I received useful feedback to improve my aim. Subsequent to the classroom and firing range instruction, and to my pleasant surprise, I scored 50/50 to qualify for a Concealed Carry Handgun permit. I would recommend BRM to any female or male who wants to gain skill with handling firearms.
I was initially apprehensive about handling firearms. My teenage son expressed interest and I realized we needed to receive proper training. Over the course of our training session Kevin’s education was solid and included key safety information and instruction in handling the weapon. He was patient as he thoroughly prepared us to shoot. We had a great time. I highly recommend Blue Ridge Marksmanship! Thanks Kevin!
After moving to North Carolina last year, I knew I wanted to take a CCW class, but wasn’t sure where to go for instruction. Luckily enough, I was able to meet Kevin through my boyfriend and I knew that he was the person for the job. Kevin is incredibly knowledgable on the laws and does an excellent job during class converting them into layman’s terms so that even the most beginner of shooters can understand. As a novice, female shooter, Kevin made me feel incredibly safe and confident during the shooting portion of the class. The amount of range time and attentiveness given far surpasses any other class I’ve heard about. I will recommend Kevin and Blue Ridge Marksmanship to anyone looking to just get started or wanting to perfect their skills!
Excellent class with excellent instructors! No matter what your level of experience, Blue Ridge Marksmanship has something to offer!
I participated in the Pistol 1 course of instruction and was blown away (pun intended). I have taken and conducted hundreds of hours of firearms instruction classes (Military, Law Enforcement, and Civilian) and this was by far one of the best. The skills progressions were logical and effective. The lessons were clear, concise and imparted retain-able immediately applicable skills. Keith and Kevin are extremely knowledgeable. Most importantly they are approachable effective instructors that inspire self ownership of the skill sets in their students leading directly to the students success. I would without reservation encourage anyone who values their training dollar and time to check out Blue Ridge Marksmanship offerings.
Blue Ridge Marksmanship offers incredible training with firearms. When I first went out to meet with Kevin, I had never fired a weapon and was quite intimidated. After a few enjoyable hours learning to handle my shotgun and shoot, I was hooked! I have since taken my two teenagers out to Blue Ridge Marksmanship. They both are now hooked as well. Kevin is all about safety, instruction and fun.