Welcome to Article 1 Tactical

Mike Heffernan and Jason Barneson are State Certified Instructors for Handguns, Rifle, and Tactical Response.   

About us

Operational Experience


Jason and Mike have worked in tactical operations in and out of the State of Wisconsin for a combined experience of over twenty-five years. The two are experienced firearms instructors with a combined 29 years of expertise; their teaching capabilities range from training individuals who have never handled a firearm to those of advanced tactical experience.

Mission Statement


At Article 1 Tactical, we strive to teach and train people and businesses how to effectively protect themselves, their family, and those important to them from the threat of violence. We train today for a safer tomorrow.

What We Offer:


  • Customized Active Shooter Response and Preparation tailored to your business
  • Concealed Carry Classes for Wisconsin 
  • Basic Firearms Training customized to your skill level

Training for an Active Threat

Active Threat Training in Your Workplace

* where these incidents occur

* good practices on how to respond to an active threat

* preparing for an active threat in your workplace

* creation of an action plan

* recognizing potential workplace violence

* assessment of your organization's preparedness

* weapons in the workplace

Concealed Carry for Wisconsin


 Fulfills Wisconsin's requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit in this state. A Wisconsin resident must have a Wisconsin concealed carry license in order to carry in Wisconsin, even if that individual holds a valid concealed carry license from another state.  


  Training includes four hours of classroom discussing basic firearm safety, legal issues, carry methods, and more. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that fulfills the State's requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit.  

Upcoming Classes


Concealed Carry & Firearms Safety 

September 7


Cabin Coffee

 2922 Meadowlark Lane

Altoona, WI 54720 

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Basic Handgun Introduction


Course Objectives



This  course is designed for those with little or no handgun experience. In this class we’ll discuss firearms safety,  range protocol, weapon nomenclature, cleaning & care, weapon manipulation  & fundamentals and proper loading and unloading of weapons. Discussion will be followed by dry fire and  live fire drills. We can also give tips  on holster selection, placement, and carry. Needed for class is a photo ID, handgun, eye & ear protection, and  50 rounds of ammunition.



Natasha O. - Plank Enterprises

"I highly recommend "Article 1 Tactical" for Corporate Training events.  We recently completed the Active Threat Assessment and Preparation training class at our organization.  The information and knowledge we gained through their training has been impetus for advancing our policies and procedures. Next, we will extend the training corporate wide."

Pete F.

"Mike and Jason are dedicated law enforcement leaders who have years of experience in patrol and tactical operations.  They each have impressive training and instructional backgrounds and have delivered training to civilians, patrol officers, and tactical team members.  These men are of the highest caliber and personal integrity."

Brian H.

"These guys are legit. If you're thinking about getting your conceal and  carry license, own a business and are looking for ways to safeguard your  property, or just want to become more proficient with handling  firearms, check them out. You won't regret it."

Sarah G.

"Took my conceal carry class tonight with my Mom, Dad and sister and it  was great! Very informative yet very approachable class. I would highly  recommend to anyone looking to get started with their conceal carry or  further gun safety training!"

Clint O.


"Mike and Jason recently provided a training on active threat response to an organization I am involved with. They custom tailored the training to the needs and demands of the organization. They also made the training relatable to every participant. Article 1 Tactical went the extra mile to make a difficult subject easier to talk about as well as plan for how to reduce risk and how to respond. Their communication and planning before the event was very helpful. I am still getting positive feedback from the training and look forward to utilizing their knowledge more in the future."

Contact Us

Contact Us to Set Up a Training Session

We offer: 

Active Threat Assessment & Preparation

Basic Firearms Training

Concealed Carry Classes for Wisconsin

Article 1 Tactical

Jason 715-829-2574 Mike 715-797-5016

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