CODE Research & Training

Robert Shaw

BACKGROUND: Law Enforcement, Instructor, First Responder (Fire / EMS)

8 Years Instructing

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Introduction to Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
Basic Safety & Competency With a Semi-Au…
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About CODE Research & Training

Robert Shaw has long been intrigued by the art of pistol shooting, and he's been a certified firearms instructor for nearly a decade. When pandemic restrictions in 2020 brought his professional career in concert production to a halt, Robert began to embrace his other passion: helping responsibly-armed citizens become more proficient with their firearms.

In addition to serving as a police officer in his local jurisdiction, Robert is constantly refining his skills with some of the world's most prestigious firearms training programs. His diverse list of credentials includes certifications from Gunsite Academy (Col. Jeff Cooper's original gunfighting school); Combat Focus Shooting with Rob Pincus; training with experts in self-defense and use-of-force law such as Massad Ayoob and Andrew Branca; and extensive movement and marksmanship training with world-champion competition shooters such as Ben Stoeger and Elias Frangoulis. 
Robert's unique and well-rounded perspective helps foster improvement with shooters of all backgrounds and skill-levels: from those who are only beginning to ponder their first handgun purchase to the occasional shooter who would like to increase basic safety and competency; or the intermediate shooter who would like to maximize speed and accuracy; or the advanced marksman who would like to to improve at engaging moving targets on the run. Robert and his fellow instructors would count it a privilege to help you achieve your goals.

Courses Taught

Concealed Carry Training, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, NRA Courses, Church / Business - Safety / Security, Women's Only Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Seminars / Lectures, IDPA /USPSA / Multi Gun, Specialty Other certification icon



  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO)
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Qualification- Expert 
  • MAG 40: Rules of Engagement for Legally-Armed Citizens- Massad Ayoob (Massad Ayoob Group)
  • Basic Pistol/Firearms Safety - Ladies First Safety Training (Eva Subido) Tucson, AZ
  • Defensive Pistol - Combat Focus Shooting ICE Training (Rob Pincus) St. Augustine, FL
  • Defensive Pistol/Gunfighting.          Gunsite Academy - Pistol 250 Course (with Rangemaster Charlie McNeese) Paulden, AZ
  • Practical Shooting Fundamentals - USPSA Production Division World Champion Ben Stoeger (Individual Instruction) Eau Claire, WI
  • Shooting & Movement - USPSA Standard Division World Champion Elias Frangoulis (Individual Instruction) Tucson, AZ
  • NRA Basic Pistol (Blended/In-Person)
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)
  • I.C.E. Training Defensive Firearms Coach - Fundamentals of Concealed Carry
  • I.C.E. Training Defensive Firearms Coach - Fundamentals of Home Defense
  • Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training - Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons (CCDW) Certified Instructor
  • Concealed Coalition - Firearms Trainer/RSO (Indiana & Kentucky)
  • NRA - Lifetime Member
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • US Law Shield
  • American Warrior Society - Coin Member
  • United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) - Match Director, Pima Pistol Club (Tucson, AZ) and Silver Creek Conservation Club (Sellersburg, IN)
  • International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
  • Silver Creek Conservation Club (Sellersburg, IN) - Board of Directors cancellation policy icon


Cancellation Policy

Since classes tend to fill up quickly, we have a strict "No Refund" cancellation policy. However, we do realize that life events and unexpected circumstances sometimes occur, and we will allow you to reschedule for a later date with no penalty if you provide written notice at least 48 hours before the scheduled start time (written notice must include a confirmed reply from the instructor prior to the 48-hour cutoff).

Reschedule Policy

Classes may be rescheduled for a later date with no penalty with at least 48-hours written notice (written notice must include a confirmed reply from the instructor prior to the 48-hour cutoff). We encourage you to get in touch as early as possible if you need to reschedule, as classes fill up quickly.

Refund Policy

Since classes tend to fill up quickly, we have a strict "No Refund" cancellation policy. However, we do realize that life events and unexpected circumstances sometimes occur, and we will allow you to reschedule for a later date with no penalty if you provide written notice at least 48 hours before the scheduled start time (written notice must include a confirmed reply from the instructor prior to the 48-hour cutoff). waiver icon


I certify that I am aware that there are significant dangers and risks associated with the use of a firearm and participating in activities at a gun range and/or a class of this type. I am a United States Citizen or a LEGAL Resident Alien (with a green card) and am NOT prohibited from possessing firearms. **REQUIRED to partake in training**.
I, the undersigned will familiarize myself with all the rules of the range. I agree to at all times conduct myself in a safe manner and promptly respond to all instructor directions. I agree that any firearms or ammunition brought by myself shall be transported to and from the range in a manner that is both safe and compliant with all State, Federal, and other applicable laws. It is understood that I am personally responsible for the safe handling and proper functioning of any firearm or munitions that I bring into the training environment. CODE Research & Training (CODE), other participating service providers, and the range (along with all its owners, stakeholders, and associates) have no responsibility to guarantee, verify, or approve of the safety and functioning of firearms, ammunition, or other items. I further state that I am of lawful age and am legally competent to enter into this affirmation and release. I understand the terms herein are contractual and not mere recital, and I have signed this document voluntarily and of my own free will. I further affirm that I have not been at any time-restricted from access to firearms.
Firearms shall always be safely holstered and/or otherwise appropriately stored until they are utilized for practice as directed by the instructor. Firearms shall be promptly holstered or otherwise appropriately stored after use in training. Upon recognizing any potentially unsafe condition, the undersigned agrees to immediately stop shooting, place their firearm in a safe orientation and bring the condition to the attention of the instructor.
In consideration of the opportunity to participate in, or observe training from CODE, the undersigned agrees to assume responsibility for his or her own actions, along with all personal risk involved in participation. The undersigned personally assumes all risks in connection with CODE, whether foreseen or unforeseen. Further, the undersigned assumes responsibility and liability, for themselves, their family, their guests, and their legal heirs and assigns. All of the aforementioned parties do hereby release and hold harmless CODE Research & Training, the range and officers (of CODE, the range, and other participating entities), directors, agents, volunteers and employees from any harm, death, or other damages to themselves, property, or others, which may arise while engaged in the use of facilities, services, or equipment.
I further agree and affirm that I and my family and other dependents do and will hold harmless, CODE Research & Training, its instructors, officers, officials and any and all course or event sponsors, and any and all persons involved in organizing and conducting training or events, for any injury or damage which might be incurred during the course of such training or events. I also agree and understand that I and my family or other dependents waive all current and future rights to sue, or collect damages from, the above organization and/or individuals involved as a result of any injury which might be incurred at such an event. 
Finally, I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand this waiver of liability, agreement to hold harmless and assumption of risk, and that I have also read and understand, and will comply with, all of the range safety rules and procedures governing courses and events.
I have read, understand, and agree to the information above.*
Training Rules
Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
ALWAYS keep firearms pointed in a safe direction and away from any persons, areas in which a person might be, and away from any wildlife.
ALWAYS keep your finger straight and outside the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot, and an instructor has told you to do so.
Be sure of your target and its foreground and background. Ensure that rounds will not cause harm on their way to the target, or once they have penetrated the target. (Keep rounds on the appropriate backstop, and make sure the round stays on the backstop when it leaves the target by using the appropriate angle of shooting).
Understand it is NOT always safe to point a firearm down range.
ALL range commands should be repeated loudly.
The STUDENT is responsible for notifying an instructor IMMEDIATELY if any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition is observed.
Act at all times in a reasonable and safe manner. These rules do not take the place of good judgement and prudent actions.
Be courteous to all shooters.
Keep all cell phones at all times on silent.
If an unsafe condition is observed, immediately stop what you are doing and call “Cease Fire”. Inform your instructor and other safety officers immediately.
Keep handguns in the holster or secure case at all times unless on the firing line and the appropriate command has been given by the instructor.
DO NOT manipulate firearms unless on the firing line and the appropriate command has been given by the instructor.
If reloading off of the firing line, ensure to perform ONLY a range/administrative reload (reload where the magazine is removed from the firearm WITHOUT removing the firearm from the holster).
The STUDENT is responsible for EVERY round they fire.
The following are strictly prohibited:
Shooting at people
Shooting at wildlife
Shooting anywhere except downrange (at the backstop) when the appropriate command has been given.
Shooting across range.
Shooting when the command to shoot has not been given.
Shooting once the cease fire command has been given.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over the counter medications) which may affect the student’s ability to participate with a maximum state of awareness and in a completely safe manner, before or during live fire activities. The Range Officer may deny range access to anyone that is or appears to be in violation of these provisions.
50 BMG CALIBER FIREARMS ARE PROHIBITED without written authorization from the lead instructor.
No bullet impacts off the range, into buildings, signs, storage containers, sheds, or any other structure or range feature other than in the shooter’s approved impact area.
No disruptive activities, such as loud music or persons who are not training or not properly supervised on the firing line.
No firearms are to be loaded unless the student is on the Firing Line for the purpose of training after express permission has been given by the instructor.
Students NOT bring live ammunition into a classroom environment, whether indoors or outdoors. (Live ammunition should only be brought to the range with permission from the instructor)
I have read, understand, agree to the rules and prohibited activities above.*
Student Information
First name*
Last name*
By checking this box, I swear that I am legally allowed to possess and/or use firearms in the United States. Furthermore, I have not been convicted, nor am I currently charged with a crime or offense that would prohibit me from legally owning or using a firearm.*
Emergency Contact Information
Emergency contact name*
Relationship status*
Emergency contact phone number*
Parent or Guardian Information (If the applicant is under the age of 18).
Parent/Guardian name
Parent/Guardian Email
Parent/Guardian phone number
Electronic Signatures: Any electronic signature of a party to this Agreement and of a party to take any action related to this Agreement or any agreement entered into by the Partnership shall be valid as an original signature and shall be effective and binding. Any such electronic signature (including the signature(s) to this Agreement) shall be deemed (i) to be “written” or “in writing,” (ii) to have been signed and (iii) to constitute a record established and maintained in the ordinary course of business and an original written record when printed from electronic files.

By typing your name below, you are signing this form electronically. You agree that your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature.* question icon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are your courses more expensive than similar courses elsewhere?
A: The majority of national and corporate training entities are chiefly concerned with volume. This means that their programs are designed to cater to the lowest common denominator so that they can quickly fill up a class, hand out certificates, and fill up the next class.
We don't begrudge the "certificate factory" model and we recognize that it has its place in providing an overview or brief introduction to the world of firearms, and many people find it more than satisfactory to meet their needs.
CODE Research & Training has a different mission. We believe that if an individual is willing to prioritize and commit themselves to
the safety and well-being of their loved ones, then they deserve the very best. The best training, the best information, and the best ideas, so that if they're ever called upon to defend themselves or their family, they'll have the best chance of success.
The individuals who choose CODE realize that you can't put a price on your family's safety, and they understand that competence can't be acquired in a 4-hour class with 20 other people. They've made a commitment
Q: I learned to shoot from my dad/uncle/grandpa/friend/armed services/etc. and I'm a pretty good shot. Why do I need to pay for a class?
Though this seems like a straightforward question, the answer is another question: what's your goal? (There is no shortage of) Many people receive their first (or only) training from a friend or family member, and we highly encourage shooters to share their enthusiasm for the shooting sports.
The are two common issue we often encounter in this approach. The first is that while someone might be a great shooter best practices can often be lost in translation, 
Q: How can I tell good training from bad (or "less-than-good") training?
A: As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Does your instructor take the time to understand your goals, evaluate your experience, and meet you at your level to help you improve? You won't have to look far to find a program with fast-talking instructors who barely even finish explaining an idea before moving on to the next thing (let alone taking the time to make sure you fully understand can can apply the concept).
At CODE, we meet you at your level and provide you with the tools you need to improve, and not just on the range or classroom. We'll give you drills and exercises so that you can practice on your own (even better, many of them don't even require ammunition!) 
Best of all, we're ready to put our money where our mouth is. If you spend your time and hard-earned dollars training with us, you'll leave a better shooter than you came- we guarantee it!* review icon

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