Louis Awerbuck, well-known firearms and tactics trainer, passed away on June 24, 2014.
Born January 27, 1948, Awerbuck, 66, was a native of Kimberley, South Africa. He served in the 1 Special Services Battalion in the South African Defence Force before emigrating to the U.S in 1983.
Louis (pronounced “loo-e”) Awerbuck was the owner and lead instructor of the Yavapai Firearms Academy, a Mobile Training Unit that provides training in gun handling, marksmanship and tactics.
Awerbuck was a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). He was employed by Colonel Jeff Cooper at the original Gunsite Ranch as Chief Rangemaster until 1987, attaining the title of Shooting Master.
With more than three decades of instructional experience, Awerbuck was a contributory adjunct instructor to the Marine Corps Security Force Bn Atlantic combat small arms program and an adjunct firearms/tactics instructor for the Central Training Academy, Department of Energy. He trained extensively in the police and civilian firearms field and instructed military personnel from various United States bases, including Special Forces units.
Awerbuck authored several books, including Plowshares into Swords, The Defensive Shotgun, Hit or Myth, Tactical Reality, More Tactical Reality, and co-produced three videos, including “The Combat Shotgun,” “Only Hits Count,” and “Safe at Home.” He was a contributing author to SWAT magazine.
Robbie Barrkman, a friend of Awerbuck’s, said on his RobarGuns.com site, “Louis had a series of serious and debilitating medical problems that left him very ill, weak, and at times, barely able to move physically; but perhaps most seriously, medical problems that left him filled with despair and without hope for recovery. My friend Louis made the ultimate decision to end the many months of pain and suffering that he had been experiencing.” Awerbuck’s family, friends, associates, and former students are contemplating holding a celebration of Awerbuck’s life in Phoenix, likely in July. Contact Yavapai Firearms Academy for more information.