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Meet the Instructor

Richard Ericksen

  • Life long resident of New Haven, Connecticut - Born and raised
    • Graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in 1966
  • U.S. Army Artillery and Infantry Forward Observer from 1968-1970
    • Decorated Vietnam Veteran, February 1969-April 1970
    • Awarded the Following Medals & Awards for Heroism:
      • Bronze Star with V-Device for Valor
      • Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms & Clusters
      • 2 Army Commendation Medals for Outstanding Duty & Performance
      • Presidential & Unit Citations
      • Expert Rifleman
      • Badge/M16 Rifle
  • Firefighter - City of New Haven Fire Department, 1976-2006
    • Several Times Decorated for Bravery/Unit Citations for Saving Lives
  • Firearms Credentials:
    • CCDW Permits For State of Connecticut
    • NRA Certified Instructor in the Following Disciplines:
      • Pistols
      • Rifles
      • Shotguns
      • Personal Protection in the Home
    • Certified Instructor, State of Connecticut - Conservation Education and Firearms Safety (CEFS)
  • Over 40 years of experience and have competed in all disciplines, rifle, pistol, and shotgun, as well as combat and defence style shooting with pistol, rifle, and shotgun.
  • Competed in the Following Sporting Types of Shooting Events:
    • Shotgun - Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays
    • Rifle - Slowfire Paper Bullseye and Tactical, Steel, and Paper Engagements, Short and Long Rifle
    • Pistol - Started with International Metallic Silhouette Association
    • Shooting from 50 to 200 yards
      • IDPA and IPSC Defensive and Combat Style Shooting Events
      • Steel Challange, Falling Plates, Bowling Pin Shoots



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