On Target is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider

On Target Firearms Training 

On Target is Under a ​
Special Use Permit
by the
White River
​National Forest

(970) 376-0644   mbayley@comcast.net

                               Mathew Bayley

                        Teaches at Both

                                                             The Gypsum Gun Club                                                                                                     The Minturn                                                                           (Two Elk) Shooting Range    


                  For more information    Please contact us    

                    (970) 376 0644 or mbayley@comcast.net

  Providing world class firearms safety, gun handleing          and skills training to the residence  and guest of the                                           Vail and Eagle Valleys                                                                  for over two decades 

                                        Enjoy outdoor shooting in a warm, comfortable, heated                                                               Firearms Training Station.    

     Take a private lesson or schedule an unforgettable family experience.

     Equipped with state-of-the-art patio heaters and barbecue.  


     Firearms, ammunition,  and all shooting safety equipment provided.

"Matt, You are a terrific educator and my wife and I greatly enjoyed your basic pistol shooting course. I have not fired a gun recently but now I am able to safely enjoy exercising my second amendment rights. We are looking forward to more of your courses." 
— Drew 

​​​       ​                    Private, and Small Group Lesson

are available seven day per week

A private lesson:

Is defined as up to two people.
The cost is $150.00 per hour with a minimum of two hours.
Range fees and gun rental, and all safety equipment included. 

Clients my bring their own ammunition or purchase it at wholesale cost from On Target

Clients are welcome to bring their own hand guns
 ​Small group:

is defined as up to six people.
Class length three hours.
The cost is $300.00 for the first two students and $100 for each additional person.
Range fees and gun rental, and all safety equipment included. 

Clients my bring their own ammunition or purchase it at wholesale cost from On Target.

​Clients are welcome to bring their own hand guns

Conceled Carry Classes

                          Please refer to the                            Concealed Carry Drop Down

On the left hand menue for

Dates, Time, Cost, and Class Discription

                    For more information or to reserve a lesson

                      Please contact Mathew Bayley                                           (970) 376-0644   mbayley@comcast.net

What firearms lessons fit your needs?

Note:  All classes and private lessons emphasize range safety.   They cover the safe handling and maintenance of firearms at the range, at home, and in settings from urban to rural.  Advanced courses emphasize effective and safe use of firearms as part of a comprehensive approach to personal and family protection and self-defense.

While On Target’s instruction is deadly serious, it’s also fun.  Generations of Matt Bayley’s students, vacationers and locals alike, return year after year to polish their skills, learn new techniques for self-protection, and enjoy his expert advice and teaching.

 1.  Introduction to Firearms Safety and Shooting Skills for Beginners (no prior firearms experience needed – learn skills to practice safely at the shooting range)

2.  Basic Concealed Carry Certification  
Meets Colorado state law requirements for the concealed carry permit:  4 hours of classroom work plus firing range work to demonstrate basic competence in pistol handling and shooting proficiency 

3.  Applied Concealed Carry (concealed carry skills and techniques for personal and family protection, not just at the range but in practical settings to deal with potential threats)

4.  Advanced Tactical Shooting for Personal Defense (incorporating a spectrum of skills, techniques, and analysis to deal with typical close quarter threats) for qualified students covering –

Defensive tactical thinking and threat assessment
Techniques for recognizing and avoiding threats
Dealing with threats in home, rural, and urban settings (including home defensive positions and tactics for use indoors and out)
Protecting loved ones and friends in urban or rural environment, or at home, when difficulties are unavoidable
Handgun retention and self-defense techniques when a threat makes initial deployment of a handgun impractical
Shooting on the move, or from knees, prone, or on back
Combat draw and magazine exchange; dealing with multiple attackers; movement when setting up and when firing; judging targets and angles

5.  Refresher classes and private lessons for experienced On Target students to restore or take their  proficiency, and comfort with firearms to the next level.

 All courses are available as classes (with sufficient minimum advance registration) or as private lessons.

6. Clients wishing to create a course of instruction custom-tailored to their personal goals (for example, advanced tactical handgun shooting combined with related handgun retention and unarmed defense techniques) should consult by phone or in-person with Mathew Bayley.


                              Saturday, Ocrtober , 21st           

                                     9:00am to 5:00pm  

                                     COST    $150.00









                         For more information or to sign up please contact Mathew Bayley                                                               (970) 376-0644   mbayley@comcast.net

                                   For more information contact                            (970) 376-0644 or mbayley@comcast.net

I grew up around gun and have been shooting my whole life. I learned more about firearms and self-defense shooting then I could possibly imagined

         OnTarget Firearms Training  

     Warm Winter Shooting









All On Target classes and private lessons are personally taught by Mathew Bayley, a muti-displined NRA-Certified instructor, POST Certifed DefenseveTactic  instructor for law enforcement,  a close quarter combat instructor, working with all branches of the the military, and a 7th degree black belt in Chinese Martial Arts.  Matt Bayley makes  Firearms Safety & Recreational Shooting  really fun.

 For people who are determined to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones with firearms, who better to learn from then an expert in close quarter fighting.  



"Sam & I want to thank you for the professional level of safety and basic pistol training you provided during the course. I know you have had many testimonials like this but add it to your list. It was definitely one of the best decisions we have made together." 
— Jim​ 

 (970) 376-0644

                     SHOOTING PROGRAMS UPDATE
                                       Concealed Carry Class       

Saturday, September 15th                                                                           Location: Gypsum Gun Club
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm                                                                                       Cost: $150.00                                                                                                       (Couples receive a 20% discount)

                    Off Season “Punch Card” Special

50% off private lessons
5 two-hour private lesson $1500.00
Buy a Punch Card Now and get Five Private lessons for only $750.00
                    A private lesson is up to two students                                         
Use your Punch Card now and in the spring.

      Take your shooting ability to the next level and beyond.                    Private lessons are recorded and edited for your  maximum   
Don’t use trial & error to improve your shooting skill!
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      (970) 376-0644 or mbayley@comcast.net
Or visit us at ontarget@vail.com



I served in the Army as a Military Intelligence officer both stateside and in Vietnam.  I had a great deal of intense, advanced military weapons training, ranging from sidearms through a variety of long guns and specialized munitions to machine guns and mortars to tanks.  I’ve been taught by many fine, experienced military instructors.  Without question, Matt is the finest small arms instructor I’ve met.  He is a superb teacher, at home instructing advanced shooters, beginners, and those in between.

__Richard M