• Sturgis, SD – CorBon, the family-owned American ammunition manufacturer, opened its state-of-the-art law enforcement firearms training center in Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota on June 23, 2011.  CorBon Law Enforcement Training Center (CLETC) combines the weapons and tactical training of Degrata Tactical, Inc. with CorBon ammunitions to bring a national training facility for law enforcement officers.
    According to Peter Pi, owner and founder of CLETC, the firearms industry is moving west due to less restrictive firearms laws and positive regulatory environment, which will aid in CLETC’s success.  After spending 25 years in law enforcement, Pi recognized the need for additional training for police officers.  He teamed up with Wade Deuter, lead instructor for Degrata Tactical Inc., to develop the groundwork for CLETC.  Deuter said, “We traveled and trained, but we did not have our own facility.  It was a perfect match.”
    This economic development project was aided by private and local financing, a South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) grant, and the newly passed Meade County 5-year tax abatement.  “CLETC not only increases the range of firearms-industry services available in Sturgis and Meade, it increases the value of retail services,” stated Pat Kurtenbach, Sturgis Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) President.  “Since coming to Sturgis in 1995, CorBon has been a leader in creating jobs and a flourishing firearms industry.”
    CLETC’s classroom, along with its 25 yard, 20-position turning/shooting range and 90 degree shooting range, will provide advanced law enforcement training including Firearms 101, Level 1 and 2 Pistol, Level 1 and 2 R rifle, and CorBon tactical challenge.  The entire facility, including additional shooting ranges, such as shoot house and indoor shooting range, will be completed by next summer.
    For more information, go to http://corbon.com/Law-Enforcement-Training-Center.html