Stephen Pineau / M3-Strategies
Rooted in Mindset, Marksmanship and Manipulation, M3 seeks to build better shooters through proven techniques, a quality curriculum and superior instruction. We offer courses in disciplines ranging from Pistol and Carbine to Shotgun and Low Light. With a focus on safe, intuitive and efficient weapons handling techniques, our courses cater to the specific needs of the individual end user.
The scope of our instruction includes basic, intermediate and advanced firearms training in the context of defensive applications. Classes are often structured in a 1-day format unless otherwise noted.
While we are based out of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, our mobile training team is capable of hosting classes throughout the Continental United States. For information on hosting a course in your area, please contact us today!
Whether as a sole effort or through industry collaboration, we aim to fill the gaps in the current equipment market through quality product development. We strive to innovate; working alongside trusted industry partners in an effort to develop relevant products, evaluate them in rigorous trials and bring them to market.
M3 Strategies offers consulting services directed at industry manufacturers requiring developmental input and product testing. Our experience and understanding of the rigorous standards that your product must meet in today’s market allow us to provide relevant feedback on your product both positive and negative. The volume of shooting that we conduct on a yearly basis affords us the ability to expose any potential flaws or shortcomings in a design while simultaneously allowing us to offer realistic solutions and design improvements to the client.
Stephen Pineau is the Director of Training and Lead instructor for M3-Strategies and the Owner/Operator of 21st Century Gunfighter
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Fundamental Handgun – 8/17/13 – Ft. Worth, TX
Two-Day Defensive Handgun – 9/7-8/13 – Bellevue, WA
MDFI - LESS LETHAL DEFENSIVE OPTIONS - 10/12/13 – Ft. Worth, TX
Two-Day Defensive Handgun - 10/18-19/13 – Pinckney, MI
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Defensive Handgun 2 Day Class - This is a review of M3 Strategies’ two day defensive handgun course. I’m the type of guy who believes next to nothing on the internet unless someone will attach their name to it. Their real-life fucking name. My name is Tim Spotts and you can find me on Facebook. This review is long and I make no apologies for that. Your talking about spending hundreds of dollars and you deserve my full experience and opinion. If you want someone with loads of experience in gunfights to show you the “right way” to use a gun, season you like a Christmas ham with some sea stories, and not waste your time with psychology and anatomy lessons; this class is NOT for you. If your looking for the latest cqb tactics used by operators down range, this class is NOT for you. If you want an instructor to make you feel good about the strategies and skills your employing, even if they’re crap, this class is NOT for you. Stephen Pineau of M3 Strategies (and 21st Century Gunfighter) is a firearms instructor. Let me say that again so it sinks in. He is a FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR. While his talents surpass just knowledge of firearms and their application, it’s important to note that he is not in law enforcement, nor is he a former tier 1 operator. And he is very upfront and clear about what he is. Once more, a firearms instructor. This is not a “tacti-cool” class. Stephen provides a no bullshit approach to the mindset, marksmanship, and manipulation (M3) of a handgun for realistic, everyday civilian use. “I’d rather leave the house everyday with a loaded mind and empty holster instead of the other way around.” If this sounds like something you want to hear, this class IS for you. A little background of myself. I am active duty military, however all 1200 hours “downrange” are from 25,000 feet above as a flight engineer. 99.999% of me being there was for the civilian application. I started to shoot / carry a handgun in 2011 while in Jax FL. I now live in rural NW Wash and due to my hobbies and lifestyle I’m far more likely to use a gun in defense of a bear rather than a human. For my first gun class I searched the internet for months. I’d heard about 21CG a couple years ago and liked what I saw. Stephen seemed like a simple, regular guy; that’s what I loved. Not some salty dog trying to intimidate you into doing things his way. I liked that he’s active on social media and if you haven’t read some of his Facebook replies to guys being retarded your missing out. They are fucking hilarious, even my girlfriend laughs. I wanted to take his class so bad I joked with her about going to TX to take one (yeah.. definitely only joking). Before that happened, he finally scheduled a class right next to Seattle. I signed up that fucking night. His two-day handgun class is 20 hours of instruction, costs $500, and is 1000 rounds. Although by my count it was around 600. If someone else from the class says my math is wrong, it probably is. It seemed like so much more. But maybe thats because Stephen ingrains in you from the outset, no literally the outset, that a bullet require the utmost accountability from you. Once that gun is out of the holster two people will never be the same. Yeah, TWO. Only look at recent events to see the legal shit storm coming your way. Zimmerman anyone? I honestly could give two shits about the exact round count. I promise you the knowledge will blow your pants off and leave your balls chilly. All that wisdom comes with a downfall. One of the biggest problems I have with the class is that there is so much information no one could possibly retain it all. I told Stephen he needs a DVD or some text to keep everything in my brain. After all, your not going to be a great shooter leaving the class. But you will be a better thinker armed with knowledge of how to improve the physical skills. I have thousands upon thousands of reps to get myself, and if you don’t understand that concept you may want to re-evaluate taking his class. Anyone who wants to learn will. His class is for anyone. Even you. His course is rooted in fundamentals. Attending the class were master class competitive shooters, industry guys and gals, guys who had been shooting 3 months, some 3 days, a guy on crutches, ex-military, and a cop. I promise everyone there walked out saying, “Wow, that was amazing.” And it’s not because Stephen is a feel good kind of guy. There were times where I felt embarrassed and borderline shameful because of the bullshit he calls you out on. I’m guilty of a lot of the industry “standards” that are crap. And he has no problem letting you know how he feels. At the end of the day, if you can check your ego you will expose a lot of fallacies that you’ve probably adopted. You can see that after this class I’m a Stephen Pineau fan. There were a couple negatives, i.e. he doesn’t put a lot a pressure or competition into the curriculum. Not a huge deal, that’s how he runs his classes and I totally respect that. That’s why there’s IDPA right? Some people might prefer that environment. Cool. We all have opinions. What I saw as cons had no effect on the amount of training I received, which is why we’re all there. If your still questioning whether this class is right for you; here’s a story about the type of guy Stephen Pineau is. Not only did he give me a free catalyst for my M&P, he was upset I didn’t show interest in one earlier so I could run it in class. He fucking cares about his products and his students. Personally, I just didn’t want to seem like a mooch. If you get the chance to have a beer with him, you’ll realize not just how awesome and eye opening his class is, but what an awesome person he is. This industry needs more people like him.
-Tim S. (Bellevue, WA- 9/13)
Private Handgun Class - My girlfriend and I recently attended a private class with Stephen to learn handgun fundamentals. Stephen went above and beyond to teach at our varying levels. I would recommend this course to anyone, whether you are just getting into shooting, or looking to fine tune your skill.
-Zach B. (Ft. Worth, TX – 8/13)
Handgun 1 & Carbine 1 (Private) - I have taken Stephen’s handgun 1 course and also had a private carbine 1 class with him. Both were great sessions and extremely beneficial to the fundamentals of shooting with both weapon systems. Stephen is a young, but extremely well-versed and educated instructor who focuses on the individuals ability to shoot more accurately and efficiently. The value you get for his classes are phenomenal. They usually last a whole day and at a pretty inexpensive price for the quality of training you get. You do not have to thousands of round to go through a course, but it usually is anywhere between 300-500 rounds. Which is a good medium between the lectures and actual shooting you do. For someone just looking to get into training courses M3 Strategies has the perfect intro classes for you. But if you are someone who has taken a fair amount of courses and looks to get a refresher, you will not be bored with these intro classes. I look forward to taking more of M3′s advanced courses, along with the specialty Medical (w/ Dark Angel Medical) and Low-Light courses. I can assure you that you will learn a great deal from Stephen and you will enjoy it in the process. He is a great guy and a fantastic instructor. I expect he will be doing big things in this industry for years to come. (2/13, US)
If you are looking for a highly skilled and knowledgeable trainer in the DFW area Stephen is your man. I setup a private class for Handgun 1 with 8 students attending. The skill level of the 8 ranged from beginner to advanced. Every single one of us learned several new things at the course. It was an amazing course with a high level of safety and instruction from a true professional. Stephen started with a mindset brief which is crucial to anyone with the desire to carry a firearm. He followed with a Safety brief and explained the importance of manipulating the weapon safely and intelligently. He has no tolerance for unsafe students but is respectful to the students if there is an issue. The meat of the course was based on fundamentals of shooting and he had an excellent section on weapon malfunctions. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to better themselves as a shooter. I will be attending many more of his courses.
- Camrann C.