Academi is an American private military company, originally founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince. Formerly known as Blackwater, the company was renamed XE Services in 2009. It was renamed Academi in 2011.
I was part of the very first, "Master Mossberg Armorer
I was part of the very first, "Master Mossberg Armorer Class". This is the same as the normal 2 day Mossberg Armorer except they add training for the 930 auto-loading shotgun. The class was five students including me. This allowed for a lot of individual attention. All tools/materials needed for the course were provided by Chuck Hadley the Manager of Armorer Training. He is a wonderful instructor with many years of experience. He taught the course at the speed of the slowest learner (me)... By the end of the class I had a firm understanding of the Mossberg 500/500DA/590/930. At the conclusion of the course we revived a Master Mossberg Armorer Certification that is valid for three years. This allows you to order parts directly from Mossberg which is cheaper. Also as part of the class you can purchase one firearm of your choice from Mossberg for 40% off! ? Chuck also passed out some cool Mossberg swag. I also took the 2 day AR-15 / M-16 Armorer course. The class was 10 students including me. This allowed for a lot of individual attention. (Which I needed.) All tools/materials needed for the course were provided by Charlie Slocum. He is very knowledgeable of the the AR platform. He looked like Yoda using the force when installing pivot pins, springs, and detents. By the end of the class I was able to fully dissemble/re assemble an AR. We touched a little on rebarreling. I will be using the knowledge gained to maintain my AR and to build ARs. I stayed at the Inman Lodge. I had a semi-private room all to myself. My room had two double beds, two dressers, a shower, tv with many DirecTV channels. The chow hall was great! It was buffet style all you could eat. Breakfast was $5. Lunch and dinner were both $10. I look forward to training with Academi again in the future.