Larry D. Rowlett, Owner Boondocks FTA™
In April 2022, Boondocks was bought by Larry D. Rowlett, President and Founder of Presidential Security & Training Services. In addition to his work with the Secrete Service for the Ronald Reagan Division, Larry brings over 38 years of law enforcement experience, providing state-of-the-art services in security measures, internal and external investigations, audits, and in employee development and training. As President and CEO of Presidential Security & Training Services, LLC, Larry has developed comprehensive security procedures, training programs and investigative services based on his extensive career in the security industry.
Boondocks FTA™, LLC was founded in 2013 by Mark and Kim Condon in an effort create one the premier firearms training facilities. Together they designed built and created a one of king Training Academy where everyone is welcomed.
"My goal at the BFTA™ is to bring a level of realism to gun training. I am passionate about defensive firearms training and hope to provide an all-inclusive facility where I can share this passion with you." - Mark Condon
"My main goal is to introduce more women to the world of firearms and defensive handling. A place to share my knowledge of firearms training and provide an establishment for beginners, and women especially, so they too can become prepared for the unexpected. I want your learning experience to be as impressionable as mine has been for me. I will strive to make a difference... one class at a time!" - Kim Condon
How Boondocks Firearms Training Academy™ Came to Be
I have a confession to make... It wasn't that many years ago that I would not even touch a gun. This immediately changed for me upon hearing the news of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I knew then that we weren't living in Mayberry anymore, and I HAD to overcome my fear of guns.
We have frequent movie nights with our grandchildren, and I decided at that moment that I would not allow myself to become defenseless in that type of situation. It was my responsibility to overcome my fears and pursue my education to improve my ability to protect myself and my family. Mark has always been an avid shooter and a gun owner. When I am with him, I feel completely safe, but he is not with me 24/7. I have to be in charge of my own safety, and now, after many classes, he can be MY wing man. <wink> I began taking classes and, after years of training and traveling, I realized that we were lacking a local, all-inclusive, female-friendly firearms training facility in Mississippi.
We originally purchased the property that now houses the site of the firearms training academy as deer hunting land. It quickly became a weekend getaway and place of refuge for us. We were surrounded by the beauty of nature and tucked away from the beaten path, and our safe haven quickly became known as "the Boondocks™." What better place than the Boondocks™ to share our passion for firearms with others? During dinner, I recommended that we create an academy for students and educators on the property. Mark almost choked! "Who are you, and what have you done with my wife?" he said. I know for myself that I gained such confidence and knowledge of firearms from the many classes I have taken all over the United States, and I hope to provide the same for you with our classes. I believe that Boondocks™ is here for the purpose of providing a safe and educational experience for someone who has made the decision to become a responsible gun owner by enhancing their skills and knowledge.
I hope you leave the Boondocks™ with the feeling I had the very first time I had formal training. It is LIFE CHANGING!