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VANCOUVER GUN CLUB

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE - "PAL Course"





Course Location:  Vancouver Gun Club (VGC ) 

7340 Sidaway Rd, Richmond, BC 


 NOTE: One Kilometer straight South of the Richmond Auto Mall off Westminster Hwy.   -   Lots of (Free) Parking

This course is a requirement to apply for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). Keep in mind that there are other requirements to obtain a PAL and criminal history or mental illness may prevent you from obtaining one.

You will not receive a PAL at the end of this course but the successful completion of this course allows you to apply for one.

You will receive all the paperwork and forms to apply for a PAL. If the classes below do not say "FULL" - space is available.


A reminder communique will be emailed to all students prior to the weekend. It's also a request to advise us if you're not feeling well in any way to contact this office to reschedule with no cost to the student. If anyone shows up for class sick (coughing, running nose etc will be immediately sent home).

 Instructor  Stavros Nicolinas - Certified CFSC/CRFSC Instructor

Stavros has been an instructor for 13 years. There's a course almost every weekend at the Vancouver Gun Club and Stavros teaches every 2nd weekend, thus has trained more students than the average busy instructor in the Lower Mainland.

The feedback received is documented at the bottom of this web page being testimony of the instructor's dedication and quality of delivering a great program.

As result of Bill C-21, we have experienced a significant drop in Restricted Course Registrations thus we're reducing the number of Restricted Course training days.  If you want both courses you do not have to take them on the same weekend. You can take the Non-restricted first on one weekend and then take the Restricted course later on a different weekend.

TRAINING:      Have you been out of school a long time and apprehensive about exams? Our presentation has over 300 power point slides. Adults and students where English is their second language do consistently well on the exams. We're geared towards teaching everyone including adults who are many, many years out of school.  Read the testimonials at the bottom of this page!

Gift Certificates for Birthdays, Anniversaries,  a milestone occasion and any other reasons you can think of are offered.

If you have any further questions after reviayewing the information below please call Mike:

Mike's cell: 604-312-4607 - If no answer, please leave a message for a call back.

NOTE: If you're going to correspond, please do it via the email address (efirearm@shaw) or text to the cell phone as noted above (texting). 

PLEASE do not try to correspond in any other method especially "Messenger" we do not monitor messenger.

Class Schedule

Vancouver Gun Club – CFSC/CRFSC – TRAINING DATES:

Note: You can take the non-restricted and not the restricted, however, if you wish to take the Restricted, you must first take the non-restricted course or prove you have already successfully completed the non-restricted course

 "HOW TO SIGN UP" - Scroll down past the dates to sign up as well learn the COURSE FEES      

YEAR 2024

MARCH:

02. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike  sorry class is FULL.  

09. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros  sorry class is FULL.

10. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros

16. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Marc

23. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

24. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros

30. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike  - Note: Easter Weekend

APRIL:

06. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

07. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros

13. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike

20 & 21 - Vancouver Gun Club is closed this weekend for Courses

27 Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

28. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros

MAY:

04. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike.  

11. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

12. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros  Note: Mother's Day

18. - - Note: Victoria Day weekend - no courses

25. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

26. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros . .  

JUNE:

01. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike

08. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

09. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros .

15. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Mike

22. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

JULY:

13. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

14. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros . .  

AUG:

17. - Saturday - Non-Restricted - Stavros

18. - Sunday - Restricted - Stavros . .  


The approximate course hours are:

NON-RESTRICTED:  8:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm 
RESTRICTED:    8:00 am to approximately 2:30 pm

Course Fees

 

 Regular Pricing

 

 Non Restricted

Restricted 

Combined 

 

$180.00


$100.00


$280.00

Note: GST will be charged and added to above pricing


MINORS

Note: minors (Age 12 to 17) can only apply for the Non-Restricted Course and requires parental consent given to the instructor prior to class.  The minor can apply for a Possession License Under the Firearms Act (Minor) upon successful completion of the Non-Restricted Course.

CHALLENGE EXAMS ARE NO LONGER OFFERED DUE TO THE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS


How To Sign Up -ALL communication will be completed via email.   

Email your course date(s) request to Mike Glas (efirearm@shaw.ca) with the following information:

  • First, second & last name (your legal names as it will appear on your PAL) 
  • Date of Birth (YR-MO-DA) for you and anyone else you are registering
  • Email addresses for others you are registering (if they have an email address).
  • Contact phone number (of everyone that is being registered)
  • What courses you'd like to register for (ie: non restricted, or restricted or both. Restricted only must have successfully completed Non-Restricted Course.)
  • What course dates you would like (if the class is full, it will be marked "full" in the class schedule above)

A reply with course signup confirmation and detail narrative with all the information required for the training weekend will be sent to you: start time, how to pay, lunch, link to download the manual (free), etc.

CANCELLED CLASS  We reserve the right to cancel a class, something we hope will never happen. In the event of a class cancellation, we will do everything possible to ensure the new date is suitable to you. If refund occurs as result of cancellation we will return 100% of the course fee.

IF STUDENT CANCELS 

If for medical reasons that you have to cancel, OR if you have flu like symptoms OR have been in contact with anyone testing positive for COVIC-19 in the past 5 days please contact us to cancel and rebook as soon as possible to allow someone else the fill the spot.  There will be no penalty to do so if you are rebooked. A small administration fee will apply if you do not rebook & request a refund. 

If you wish to cancel for any other reason than medical, a minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to allow us time to fill your training spot. A small administration fee will be applied. If the notice is less than 48 hours, your registration fee is non-refundable.

FAIL TO SHOW UP FOR CLASS:

Your fee is non-refundable if you fail to show up for class i.e. forgot, . Please respect the fact that administration costs are incurred as well operating costs (classroom, instructor fees etc). Most of the time we have person(s) on a waiting list and could have filled that training position. 

LATE FOR CLASS - If you show up late, the instructor will assess how much you missed. If the instructor feels you have missed too much, you will have to rebook and make a new payment.  Most of the time we have person(s) on a waiting list and could have filled that training position and there would be no loss of revenue to cover expenses.



Testimonials

Terry Y:

Thank you for the opportunity and enrollment into your Non-Restricted session. Excellent learning and training! Stavros Nicolinas is a fabulous instructor; effectively and tactfully teaching the objectives of firearms safety and the handling of firearms. I was extremely nervous about taking the class and of course, the written and practical tests. I managed to score 100% in both the written and practical, and now very confident of handling non-restricted firearm.

The following google reviews rated this course a 5/5 and left this posted narrative

Reza T.

I Went for My PAL, Restricted and non-Restricted License in VGC With Mike, Super Lovely Guy, very well informed and gave me lots of insight to the Gun world and took the Core Course with Marc, Very nice hands-on and experienced person in all fields of Firearms that you can learn a lot from.

The Club was also very well organized, nice staff and manager also lots of kind experienced shooters.
I definitely recommend this place.

James L.

Came here to do the PAL course, and had a fantastic time! Stavros, my instructor, took the time to make sure things were being understood properly, gave lots of examples and was overall a 10/10 instructor. Will be coming back here hopefully as a member some time soon.

Mike E

Just finished my certification for PAL with Mike. What an excellent experience. He taught us well, provided some great perspectives from his illustrious career in the RCMP. But he is also kind and patient. Me and my wife did the class and we recommend him to anyone before it’s too late and he retires!!!

Thank you Mike and the VGC. We will be back.

Eunice - Vancouver

I went here for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course it's also known as the "PAL Course" - the course you need to apply for your PAL. They have two excellent CFSC instructors that run this course Mike and Stavros. Excellent information and engaging with a strong focus on safety (a friend who had taken the course elsewhere said it was super dry). Course content is well organized with many real-life examples on the consequences of improper handling, misuse and re-emphasis on the need to maintain safe practices. Registration by e-mail was easy and well-organized in advance also. Lots of time to ask questions of the instructors and well-paced. It gave me more confidence with firearms which I appreciated.

Wally Chan

Just completed my PAL. Awesome course and brilliant teacher. Good range for trap or skid shooting (shoot guns) plenty of parking and friendly people

From James S.

Hi Mike, I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the great course this weekend. You made what could be a long tedious day, enjoyable thought provoking and fun. You attracted students from remote cities and both young and older. It was easy to follow, covered all the important points in a well laid out course. I really appreciate all the time and effort you have gone to to promote and teach this required and valuable information.

Please pass along my best wishes to Stavros.  Also please pass along thanks to Marc for his great points and great teaching. With a big group it really made things go smoothly and efficiently having those two assisting.

I will do my best to promote this to friends and family that I think would enjoy or benefit from taking this course.

All the best, hope to see you on the range some day (guns pointed down range of course).

From Geoff C  - a US citizen who came to came to Canada to take this course

Mike & Stavros, 

Thanks for putting on the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.  As much as I hate to admit it, I did learn a lot more than I expected!  The program that you offer/Canada offers is far different from what the US offers.  The theories Stavros and yourself presented are only learned over a longer period of time and self taught.  The Canadian method/your method explains what I believe EVERY firearm owner MUST know before purchasing a firearm.  I believe the customers that visit our store in Colorado don't have half the knowledge of what I learned in 2 days of the Canadian Firearms program.

I will definitely keep in touch with yourself and Stavros.  Please pass on my contact info with him!  Thanks again to both of you.  You both did an exemplary job.

From Dylan

Very good job on the course I really enjoyed that! Here's the review you can post.

"This was very well taught and presented, the visual aspect of it was very helpful and made it easier to retain knowledge. The teachers were very knowledgeable with a lot of personal experience and I highly recommend this course!" - Dylan

From Lane W.

Hi Mike and Stavros

I really enjoyed your presentation, it was incredibly easy to follow, thnx for doing such a great job, top notch. I was thinking it was going to be really challenging but I found your method really helpful and encouraging, it could have even been a little harder and I still would have enjoyed it. Again thnx so much.   

 




Donna - February 2020


"I had a fantastic experience taking the Canadian Firearm Safety Courses with Mike and Stavros. They were engaging and are very knowledgeable about firearms and more importantly, firearm safety." 

Vanessa - August 2019


"I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to you and Joe for two great days of training

I attended with high anxiety, much curiosity, little knowledge, and even less confidence.  You and Joe provided a safe learning environment, clear and concise information, so much constructive feedback, patience, and encouragement.  The points and examples in your presentations were so well organized and easy to follow, highlighting the key facts interspersed with some humour, making the course more engaging, which ultimately helped to set us up for success during the tests and practical exams.  More than anything, your shared passion and years of experience helped to give a personal touch to such a professional course, making me feel competent and capable handling firearms during practice, and in the future.  

Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you again at the range someday.  

Nolen - July 2018

"My friends and I would really like to thank the Vancouver Gun Club for such a well put together course with two very intelligent and friendly guys running the show. You guys made getting our PALS so much easier than we thought. If I could give you guys more than a 5 star rating, I would. It was the best way to spend a Saturday! Super well taught and very interesting for a good base of not just gun safety but the knowledge that comes with the instructor’s experience."

Lane - April 2018

"To Mike & Stavros: I really enjoyed your presentation, it was incredibly easy to follow, thnx for doing such a great job, top notch. I was thinking it was going to be really challenging but I found your method really helpful and encouraging, it could have even been a little harder and I still would have enjoyed it. Again thnx so much."

Cindy, UBC Alumi - January 2018

"I want to take a moment hereby to thank you and Stavros for the amazing firearms lecture yesterday. Before attending I thought the lesson would be a bit dry since the course itself is very theoretical based. Now I know that I was totally wrong. It's definitely one of the most amazing and interesting lectures I've ever attended! As well as for the patience showing us how to operate the guns.  You guys made the lecture so much fun and so fulfilling. I definitely learnt a lot from you."

Dennis - October 2017

"Thanks for the two days training courses.  Your teaching is very informative and “Fun”.  I had a good time and learned most of the knowledge that will help me to handle firearms in a safety way.  Again, I appreciate you guys’ great effort in preparing such a good training course.  Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing you again in the gun club."

Timothy - January 2020


"Wow, I got the firearms license!!! I was nervous handling firearms at the beginning & I’m also a left handed person.  I felt more confidence within the first half day of course. Mike & Stavros were very professional of presenting the PowerPoint and hands on sections even with dummy ammunition (about same weight of real ammo). We had a lot of fun and very informative about safety and handling. You know what, I’m so excited for my PAL to be mailed. Always ACTS & PROVE "

Sean - July 2019

"As a school teacher myself, I was very impressed with the content and presentation of this course. Using a PowerPoint to provide accompanying visuals made the instruction very clear and easy to understand. There was plenty of time to practice under the instructor’s supervision before the test, and I left the course feeling confident and ready to begin using firearms.  I would definitely recommend this course to others looking to become acquainted with firearms."


Geoff - April 2019

(An American who came to Canada for this course):

"To Mike & Stavros, 

Thanks for putting on the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.  As much as I hate to admit it, I did learn a lot more than I expected!  The program that you offer/Canada offers is far different from what the US offers.  The theories Stavros and yourself presented are only learned over a longer period of time and self taught.  The Canadian method/your method explains what I believe EVERY firearm owner MUST know before purchasing a firearm.  I believe the customers that visit our store in Colorado don't have half the knowledge of what I learned in 2 days of the Canadian Firearms program.

I will definitely keep in touch with yourself and Stavros.  Please pass on my contact info with him!  Thanks again to both of you.  You both did an exemplary job."

Matt - March 2018

"Hi Mike, I just wanted to say thank you again to you and Stavros for leading a great safety class for us this weekend. You both made it very easy to learn and take away the important points while still making it fun and giving us extra information that we can use. Greatly appreciated and I will definatley recommend your course to anyone i know who is interested."

Vaughn - January 2017

"I want to thank you for the Firearms safety course in both non-restricted and restricted weapons. I learned a lot from both days and I wanted to express my gratitude towards you and Stavros. I thoroughly enjoyed both classes and had a great time doing so with all the interesting videos and stories that both of you shared with us. You have a talent for teaching these classes showing enthusiasm for the subjects and also a seriousness which is necessary for handling these weapons in the safest manner."


James - November 2019


"Hi Mike, I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the great course this weekend. You made what could be a long tedious day, enjoyable thought provoking and fun. You attracted students from remote cities and both young and older. It was easy to follow, covered all the important points in a well laid out course. I really appreciate all the time and effort you have gone to to promote and teach this required and valuable information.


Please pass along my best wishes to Stavros. Also please pass along thanks to Marc for his great points and great teaching. With a big group it really made things go smoothly and efficiently having those two assisting.

I will do my best to promote this to friends and family that I think would enjoy or benefit from taking this course.


All the best, hope to see you on the range some day (guns pointed down range of course)."

Barb - April 2019

"Mike, I would like to thank you for all the hard work you put into presenting this course.  I was nervous about taking it and you made me feel at ease.  As a retired teacher, I was very impressed with your delivery of the large amount of material.  You were professional, presenting the information and stressing the important points.  I particularly appreciated all the visual material, videos (especially the humor) and hands on examples of your presentation.  As well, you reviewed as we went along and that made it easier to remember information for the written test.

For me, doing is very important and having the opportunity to handle the firearms beforehand was important.  I feel confident that as I have more opportunity with experienced marksmen to practice handling firearms I can become more competent and confident.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity for such a good start."

Leanne - January 2018

"I just wanted to personally thank both you and Stavros for a terrific weekend!

Your professionalism, education, attitude, patience and humor made it a wonderful experience.

I have attended many courses where the 'military' mindset made my experiences uneasy and added to my anxiety of failing.  I feel more confident given your teaching.  I am so happy I chose your course to overcome that fear of trying.  I would recommend your course to anyone!"

Napoleon - February 2018

"BTW, i would like to thank both of you and Stavros for a well-delivered course last weekend. It was very informative indeed and I got what i have expected. I also personally like your life experiences during your RCMP days as examples in our topics. That makes the lessons more interesting. Also, your wide collections of guns helped me a lot to understand more and appreciate the firearms, made me respect them some more. I will surely recommend your training center to others."

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