Responsible Training for Reasonable Canadians

Dave Young


For over thirty years Dave Young has been training civilians and certifying armed professionals in the judicious use of deadly force. He is President, and Director of Training of CAPS Inc. and is the creator of the CAPS Live-Fire Judgment Training System. He has been certified by Smith & Wesson Academy as a revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun and sub-machinegun instructor and has certified as a Range Master at Sig Sauer Academy. He is also certified as a Force-On-Force Scenario Instructor.


Dave is a Firearms Instructor Trainer as well as an Instructor Trainer in the field of firearms judgment simulation and officer survival, a Master Use of Force Instructor, an expert witness in the use of deadly force and the author of “Reasonable and Necessary, Defensive Firearms Ownership and Use in Canada”.


Dave Young is the originator of the “CAPS Imminent Danger Triangle” a simple visual training aid used to assist in the decision-making process and in after-the-fact articulation of use of force decisions. He is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, The International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, a board member of the Police Policy Studies Council, an advisory board member of the National Patrol Rifle Conference , a member of the  Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, Canada's National Firearms Association and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.


He has been affiliated with both Smith & Wesson Academy and Sig Sauer Academy as an adjunct instructor. Dave has worked as a consultant for the defence in high profile cases such as that of firebombing victim Ian Thomson in Port Colborne, Ontario and has appeared on television discussing police decision-making, use of force and firearms related topics. 

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