Protection Plus Tactics is Northern Californias Elite training academy specializing in self-defense firearms training. We welcome students of every level and provide courses for Concealed Carry (CCW), shotgun, long distance, private lessons, firearm safety, and beginner  classes as well.  At Protection Plus Tactics we believe everyone has the right to protect themselves. We focus on teaching self-defense with firearms while instilling the safe habits required to become proficient with a firearm in adverse situations. We can help you get your concealed carry permit and share our unique combat experiences to help increase your odds of survival in a life threatening situation.

Don Ratkowski is the founder of Protection Plus Tactics, LLC. He served in the United States Marine Corps and while attached to the First Marine Expeditionary Force he fought in IRAQ. Don is a decorated combat veteran receiving multiple awards, including a presidential citation. He has traveled the world and while visiting the various continents Don took advantage of his travels and studied martial arts around the globe. In an effort to collaborate and share knowledge, he has trained with some of the most respected names in the industry. It is this knowledge coupled with his martial arts, weapons training and combat experience that make his training methods truly stand out. He is a gifted instructor with a unique ability to convey knowledge at a level most can pick up. That is why he prides himself in training local law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies. He has also written and published several books, including "Whiskey Sierra: The Devil Dog Chronicles" and "Islamic State: The Countdown Has Begun" Both books are available in our shop or on Amazon.

"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."

Private lessons are the perfect way to learn. We offer one on one training for every level of student from beginners to highly advanced weapon platform training. You can also schedule a private concealed carry class in order to have a more focused and private experience. If you are a new gun owner and would like to learn how to be safe with a firearm or learn how to own one safely in your home then you should call or book online today. If you are excited about enhancing your skill set with a particular weapon or tactic, then call us today or book your private lesson online now. We offer a variety of training from basic fundamentals to advanced survival tactics. if you would like to learn from a decorated Marine combat veteran than call or click the link below to schedule your private training.

If you are interested in getting your California CCW permit or renew your existing permit then we can definitely help you. This class is taught by our DOJ and NRA Certified instructors who share their experiences and a real world element to the training that is rare to find . Our course is conducted at a private range and covers all the required information needed to comply with your counties requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. We will review safety, regulations, laws governing your permit, liability, personal protection, ballistics, and much more. We offer both group and private lessons to obtain your permit. If you have been wanting to get your Concealed Carry Permit, than 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 confidant 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 in many aspects of gun ownership and training. This is a great way to begin learning the fundamentals of gun ownership. These videos cover 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 teach a variety of classes that include, pistol, rifle, shotgun, medical, Concealed Carry and much more. Please check out our calendar and take a look at the upcoming events to see what classes might interest you. Don't see what you're looking for remember we do private instruction tailored to your specific goals.




We will focus on defensive vehicle tactics this class. We will instruct how to make use of cover and positioning around vehicles. This class is a required class for PPT Alpha Certification. Only 10 spots are available so call now to sign up. (916)577-2522. This class requires pre-class signup.



Concealed Carry Permit Course

This course is required for CCW permits in Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties. Initial and Re-certification classes to be held on this date. Sign up now to reserve your spot.



PPT Rifle Dynamics

Come and learn advanced rifle/carbine instruction from PPT. We train students to effectively utilize cover, alternate methods of fire, move from vehicles, and to make quick tactical decisions in mid range to close-quarters situations.



Concealed Carry Permit Course

This course is required for CCW permits in Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties. Initial and Re-certification classes to be held on this date. Sign up now to reserve your spot.




This is the first class introducing shooters to long range precision shooting. During this class you will be learning the basics; starting with proper shooting fundamentals, introduction to ballistics, shooting positions, zeroing your rifle, and working towards shooting in any given environments.



Call (916)577-2522 now to get more information regarding our TEMSFRO/TCCC casualty care class. Learn applicable life saving skills to keep you and your loved ones safe. Don't be caught off-guard when a traumatic injury happens.

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