Armorer Courses - 2024

2024 Schedule listed Below

These high level courses are far different from any other classroom training offered in the firearms industry. Without manufacturer support or sales bias, we will examine closely the AR-15 at its core, including its magazines, ammunition, and accessories. There is some homework and there are both written and hands-on aspects to all the class quizzes, which people do occasionally fail. This is real military-grade training – not a fluffy sales seminar.  Each person will earn the certificate(s) to a minimum standard and learn a great deal.  To quote some ancient, unknown scholar:  Jeden Tag heißt der Schultag, (Every day is a school day.)

M16 Armorer Course

Advanced M16 Armorer Course

NOTE - The Advanced Course CANNOT be attended by itself.
It is NOT a stand-alone course of instruction.

The ADV Course is a challenging block of material which builds directly onto the framework and design of the M16 Armorer Course.  This highly-structured, weapons-grade tutorial consists of material originally developed for use at the JFK Special Warfare Center (Ft. Bragg, NC), which is constantly updated and refined each year.
You will gain a far broader understing of AR-15 type firearms, ammunition, components, materials, engineering, training, and the firearms industry.  The tools we work with on a daily basis, including sound suppressors (silencers).
NO student who fails the M16 Armorer Course will be allowed to attend the ADV Armorer Course.  NO exceptions.
Specialized Armament provides: All weapons (select-fire & semi-auto-only), armorer tool kits,
SA manuals (M16 Manual and ADV M16 Manual), shop tools, special weapons, cut-aways, gages & fixtures, and spare parts.
Student Requirements:  A couple pens. And a few sheets of notebook paper for a standard American 3-ring binder (optional).
Ken Elmore is the Instructor for all courses and he can be contacted via e-mail: HERE

Due to weapons security issues, the nature of the training, and other safety concerns, all training courses are normally conducted at restricted access Police and Military training sites.
Enrollment is restricted to law enforcement, military, corrections, nuclear security and security contractors. Private citizens who work/contract for any of the above entities, most retired personnel and certain firearms/ammunition industry professionals are also eligible to attend.  These courses are not open to the general public. 

If you do not meet the employment requirements outlined above, any request to attend a course under special circumstances can be approved by the Instructor or Host Agency. 

For registration & payment forms, or further assistance, please contact – 

M16 Armorer Course (24 hrs) MON-WED   –   $600

M16 Armorer Course & Advanced M16 Armorer Course (40 hrs) MON-FRI  –   $975


2023 Armorer Courses

For the first time since 1996, I will not be teaching at all this year.
Decided to "take the year off" to focus on several business and personal projects.

Last year I lost a very close, hard-working friend/brother and turned 60 years old.
Going forward, I plan to teach about 5-6 weeks each year, as long as my health and motivation will allow.
Unfortunately, the workload and travel are getting harder every year.

2024 Armorer Courses

Schedule (Tentative):

15-19 APR 24 - Kent PD (WA)
13-17 May 24 - Open
17-21 JUN 24 - Open
19-23 AUG 24 - Open
16-20 SEP 24 - Open

If you are interested in hosting our training at your agency, please contact me at the email listed (above).
I am also considering doing special classes in the future at SA - In our machine shop.

Thank you all very much for your many years of ongoing support.
The fun NEVER ends,
Ken Elmore

31 MAR 23


Doing Training for Over 35 Years