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Located in Loomis, CA, Protection Plus Tactics, LLC. is Northern California's elite gun shop and training academy, specializing in self-defense firearms sales, services, and training.

We welcome all skill levels and provide both private and group instruction. Our offerings include Concealed Carry (CCW) and firearm safety classes, as well as courses on pistol, shotgun, long-distance shooting, carbine rifle, hand combatives, and tactical combat casualty care.

At Protection Plus Tactics, we believe everyone has the right to protect themselves. We focus on teaching self-defense with firearms while instilling safe habits to become proficient in adverse situations. We can help you obtain your concealed carry permit and share our unique experiences to increase your odds of survival in a life-threatening situation.

Our gun shop offers a wide selection of firearms, ammunition, tactical gear, and more.

Visit our showroom today, or shop online for all your firearm needs.

Firearm Self Defense Training with Protection Plus Tactics

Hear what clients have to say

"My husband and I did a private pistol class with Don and I've taken his CCW Permit class and plan to continue with advanced pistol and additional classes as needed. I really like that Don works with everyone on their level, making sure they truly understand from having the right mindset for handling a lethal weapon to safety measures, drills, real life situations, disarming techniques and more. I like the option for private lessons and small groups, and love the private range! Thanks to Don both my husband and I have a new awareness of the many responsibilities that go with gun ownership. Whether you are new to firearms or looking to improve your skills - call Don at Protection Plus Tactics." Trina L.

"All I have to say is WOW!! Don is a true class act and a gift from god! Don took the time to get to know us first which I felt was extremely important. You can tell Don has a TRUE passion to educate and help people. This isn't one of those teachers just out for the dollar, frankly I think that is the farthest thing from his mind. The basic skills we learned were so in depth it blew my mind. I had no clue all the different things that could happen in any situation. Don made us feel completely comfortable and had extra care/patience with my wife who "was" (No longer) afraid of guns. We learned so much just in 1 class that I feel we are far more advanced than the average gun owner. Don made it clear that he truly cared about people and their ability to protect their families. I know we are just at the tip of the iceberg of what he's going to teach us! I can't wait for Don to take us to a new a level of skill and awareness when it comes to protection for myself and my family! We will be doing many more sessions with you Don. If you are looking for the best and a guy who TRULY cares for people, call Don ASAP!    Niel C."

Protection Plus Tactics is Northern California's Elite Firearm Self Defense Training Academy

Private lessons at Protection Plus Tactics in Loomis, CA, are the perfect way to learn. Our one-on-one training is suitable for every skill level, from beginners to advanced weapon platform training.

You can schedule a private concealed carry class for a more focused and personalized experience. If you're a new gun owner looking to learn firearm safety or how to safely own a firearm in your home, call or book online today. For those eager to enhance their skills with a specific weapon or tactic, we offer training that ranges from basic fundamentals to advanced survival tactics.

Learn from Don, a decorated Marine combat veteran by calling us today or booking your private lesson online. We proudly serve the surrounding counties of Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras, and Nevada.

If you're interested in obtaining or renewing your California CCW permit, we can help. Our class, taught by DOJ and NRA Certified instructors, offers real-world insights and experiences. The course covers all the required information to comply with your county's requirements, including safety, regulations, permit laws, liability, personal protection, ballistics, and more. We offer both group and private lessons to help you obtain your permit. If you want to get your Concealed Carry Permit, click the link below.

"Had the pleasure of taking my very first firearms training class with Don the other day. Don was extremely knowledgable, professional and most importantly, a great teacher in every aspect. I sought out Don as I didn't want another certified instructor but an instructor with actual real world experience, in real world situations using proven and tailored tactics. Don delivered both in exceeding my expectations and in creating a working class environment that not only teaches the how, but the why. I look forward to many more classes with Don and highly recommend him and Protection Plus Tactics for your training needs."    Anthony E.

"Spent last Saturday with my son at Protection Plus Tactics going through the CCW training course. I have to admit I was blown away with Don Ratkowski and his professionalism. He is an amazing instructor and makes me want to go back for more advanced training. I felt nervous at first and with a quick comment and patience Don was able to calm my nerves and get me on track to relaxed and confident shooting. Don takes control and allows the students to learn from their mistakes in an extremely safe environment. No boasting, no showcasing, no intimidation, just pure professional training."    Dan S.

"Incredible experience...The owner Don is an excellent instructor! Just took my first private handgun training course along with my best friend and his wife...and absolutely feel like it was worth every penny and then some. Don's demeanor and training style is very supportive and positive...I was very impressed with Don's ability to teach...and I look forward to him instructing my entire family including wife and kids...he is one of the rare people that actually have a personality that can reach all ages/skill sets. His private range is awesome and a huge benefit to the crucial for personal protection training, is a huge reason why I will continue to use him in the future. Don trained us on real-world scenarios which is completely different from what I've been trained in the past. You will not be disappointed!!!"   Samuel B.

We have also begun putting together our curriculum in instructional videos that help guide you in many aspects of gun ownership and training. This is a great way to begin learning the fundamentals of gun ownership. These videos cover firearm safety, marksmanship, malfunctions, bullets & ballistics, and much more to help guide you on your journey through gun ownership. Novice or expert there is something for everyone to learn at our ONLINE Academy. Check it out!!

We offer a variety of classes, including pistol, rifle, shotgun, medical, Concealed Carry, and more. Check our calendar for upcoming events to see which classes interest you. If you don't see what you're looking for, remember we also provide private instruction tailored to your specific goals.



Concealed Carry Permit Course

This course is required for CCW permits in Placer, Calavaras, Amador, Sacramento, Yolo, Contra Costa, Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Initial ($275) and Re-certification ($150) classes to be held on this date. Sign up now to reserve your spot.



Concealed Carry Permit Course

This course is required for CCW permits in Placer, Calavaras, Amador, Sacramento, Yolo, Contra Costa, Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Initial ($275) and Re-certification ($150) classes to be held on this date. Sign up now to reserve your spot.



Concealed Carry Permit Course

This course is required for CCW permits in Placer, Calavaras, Amador, Sacramento, Yolo, Contra Costa, Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Initial ($275) and Re-certification ($150) classes to be held on this date. Sign up now to reserve your spot.

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