About Shade's Landing Inc.

March 20, 2012
By Shade

This web site is owned and operated by Shade's Landing Inc.

Our address is:
Shade's Landing Inc.
POB 240653, Apple Valley MN 55124
(952) 891-1537
E-mail: Training@FirearmsAndLiberty.com

hade's Landing Inc. is a family run corporation specializing in personal protection, firearms training & concealed carry firearms training. Shade's Landing Inc. is Co-owned by Gary and Susan Shade.

President and CEO
Training Coordinator/Instructor (NRA, MCPPA, Minnesota DNR)

Mr. Shade is currently the President and CEO of Shade’s Landing Inc., a company he co-founded with his wife in 1995. Gary holds an AAS in Electronics Technology from Harper College (Palatine Il.), and a Bachelor and Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Cardinal Stritch University. He has authored five books on computers and technology and numerous industry articles.


  • AAS ET,(William Rainey Harper College)
  • BSM Cardinal Stritch University
  • MSM Cardinal Stritch University

Military: USAF

NRA Certifications:

  • NRA Certified Training Counselor
  • NRA Certified Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor, Rifle and Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Certified Refuse to be a Victim instructor
  • NRA Certified Whitetail Deer Seminar Instructor


State Certifications/Recognition

  • Recognized by Minnesota DPS as an authorized Instructor Certification Organization and Instructor
  • Former Utah BCI as an authorized Instructor (2003 - May 2014)
  • Former North Dakota Firearms Test Administrator
  • Certified Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety
  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources Certified Instructor
Federal Firearm Licensee:07 Manufacturer/Dealer/Gunsmith


Carry Permits:

  • Minnesota
  • Utah
Featured profile in May/June 2004 issue of Concealed Carry Magazine

President and Co-Owner of Shade's Landing Inc. (since 1995)
Over 20 years of teaching in various positions in post secondary education and industry
Civil Rights Advocate

Amateur Radio Operator KC0LFP and Certified Skywarn Severe Weather Observer

Author of five published books on Computers and Technology

Former Adjunct Faculty: Business Management
Minnesota School of Business - Shakopee campus (3 years);
William Rainey Harper College, Palatine Il. EET Adjunct Instructor

Avid hunter, and fisherman

Vice-president and CFO.

Susan holds a degree in graphics and interior design and is also responsible for accounts receivable and payable for our company and capital assest acquisition.

Owner and President of Tactical Firepower Inc.
Firearm Instructor (Minnesota MCPPA & Minnesota DNR)
Director of Custom Arms

He is the creator of the Tactical Firepower Handgun System. An easy, natural and instinctive system for defensive handgun and shooting.

Jason is a degreed Gunsmith, Certified Firearms Engraver and a certified Glock Armorer. He is also certified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a Hunter Safety Firearms Instructor & certified by our company as a Minnesota state recognized firearms Instructor. He plays an integral part of company and is responsible for seeking out and recommending new product lines for us to carry.

Jason has been on the web since he was 12 with his site: Jason's Snakes and Reptiles (voted a Top 1001 web site by PC Magazine 1996). He recently sold the web site to another herpetological devotee though he still owns several snakes.

  • Director of Security - Shade's Landing Inc.
  • Gunsmith - Pine Technical College (Degree 2007)
    • Emphasis in custom gun making
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • Certified Minnesota Firearms Safety
  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources Certified Instructor
  • Recognized by Minnesota DPS as an authorized Organization and Instructor
  • Certified Minnesota Firearms Safety and Advanced Carry Instructor
    • Recognized by the Department of Public Safety for the Minnesota Carry Course
  • Certified Minnesota Range Safety Officer
  • Creator of the Tactical Firepower Handgun System.

History of Shade's Landing Inc.

Shade's Landing Inc. began in 1984, and in 1988 we changed the company's name to Shade's Landing on moving to Minnesota (land of 10,000 lakes, 20 million mosquitoes, and just as many taxes.) The company was incorporated in November of 1995. From 1995 - 2003, our primary focus was on creating, hosting and marketing award winning web sites for some of the biggest names (individuals) in real estate. In 2003, the company recognized a need for firearm and personal protection training that was not being addressed and they became the first Minnesota firearms training company to offer a "Multi-State" course that met the training requirement for firearm carry permits (September 2003).

Today we offer a full range of firearm safety and personal protection classes and we are a Federally licensed firearm manufacturer/gunsmith/dealer. Our custom shop is located in Grasston MN.

We have been a Microsoft business partner and have participated in their Beta programs (including Windows 95, NT, and Internet Explorer) and have been picked as a partner in their Site Builder and Web Hoster programs.

We believe that: "The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up" and that's what drives our business and the business of our clients.

Our company's goal is to be the best - not the largest. We believe in personalized service that comes with a solid commitment to online & real world security and quality in the products and services we offer.