Remington Armorer School 2010

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The North Carolina Justice Academy located in Salemburg, NC hosted the Remington Shotgun Armorer Training Field School this year for selected  North Carolina Department of Correction and OSDT staff from August 30 through September 2, 2010 and consisted of two classes;  each being two days in length.  After a three hour drive from The Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, NC,  I checked into the Administration Building on the afternoon of August 29 and assigned a room on the second floor. 

I  archived pixs taken last year of the facility since nothing has changed except maybe a few of the older dormitory buildings appear to have new roofs on them.

There are two beds to each room and the bathroom/shower is connected to another room, whereas four share the bathroom/shower area.  Being use to a King size bed, I certainly didn't want to do any serious rolling over in the bed...another grin is in order.  Pix below of a partial view of the room:

The accommodations were excellent and certainly do not have any complaints since I was once housed at Umpstead Correctional Center's old PERT (Prison Emergency Response Team) barracks building.  Those that attended that Remington Armorer training, I guarantee you will never forget that place!

All meals were provided on site except Sunday evening and think I spent about 15 dollars out of pocket....grin on being frugal!  Below pix of the cafeteria:

Things haven't changed too much for a few of the buildings since my first visit to the NCJA in Salemburg, NC in February 1979 for the Correctional Officer Basic Training Class.  Below are a few inside pixs of the cafeteria with pix of new ALE recruits that were in their basic training.  Those folks were apparently just out of college and hard to believe I ever looked that young...maybe another grin is in order; I know I had to grin!

A friendly greeting from one of the cafeteria staff and after checking your name on the roster provided for each class member, it didn't take long to get the tray loaded up.  Several meats and plenty of various vegetables were served during the lunch and diner meals and a good fresh salad and dessert bar was available also.  Pixs below:

For those not desiring what was on the main entree line, there is also a short order grill type set-up providing grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

Above pix of ALE students in a military style formation going through the chow line.  Those folks did some early morning runs before breakfast and marched where ever they went on campus.  Takes me back to around 1964 to Great Lakes, Illinois during my Navy boot camp training days which lasted a very, very long 12 weeks!  There were several training classes going on with the usual Basic Correctional Officer Training and several specialty classes; Sniper, Defensive Driving, DMV License Examiner and others.

A view of the dining area and there were not a lot of training going on during the short 2 day Remington Shotgun Armorer School except for the classes mentioned earlier.   Current pix taken of the cafeteria below during this school:


Our classroom was located in the Royal Classroom Building which has been there seemingly forever and have trained in that building many times over the years and hard not to think of Jim Holmes (deceased) who was Mr. Firearms in the late 1970's and 1980's.  I attended his Firearms Instructor training class in 1982 (if my memory is correct) when the Firearms Instructor Course was only 40 hours long and Jim Holmes practically wrote all the lesson plans himself for firearms training at that time.  Pix below of the Royal Classroom building:

Our Remington Armorer Instructor for this class was Ken Nickerson based out of the Madison, NC Remington Complex:  Pix below:

Ken Nickerson certainly does know his way around the Remington products and picked up some new information this time around as well. 

Below pixs taken during the two day class and Lt. William Dias who coordinates the armorer schools/classes is supposed to send me a copy of the pixs he took during this class to add to this page.  Click on thumbnails for a larger view:

I don't really want to say this is my last Remington Armorer School, because I said the same thing last year at the duration of the Ruger Mini-14 Armorer's school and the department took up all the Ruger Mini-14s state wide before July 1, 2010 since they will no longer be used in regular service.  However, my retirement goals should be met before the expiration of this certification which is good for three years and the Lord willing of course, I should be retired from the North Carolina Department of Correction.

This was the best Remington Armorer class I have taken and have attended them since around 1995 thereafter every three years.  Bob Leskivar (retired from Remington) with a pile of years in service taught one of the earlier schools I attended and when you can equal or top his performance, that speaks a lot and I must hand it to Ken Nickerson, he is up there with the best for sure.  Ken's  knowledge, drive, motivation and enthusiasm for Remington was an inspiration for all of us of which this class was outstanding

Each armorer received a great looking Remington Law Enforcement cap and our certificates will be mailed to us.

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 09-05-10.


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