About Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training
Commitment to Family, Education, Safety and Training
Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training is dedicated to the family and individuals who want to learn how to safely and confidently handle a firearm at home, in public, and
around others who are new to firearms. Most importantly, we believe every member of the family should have the proper level of training necessary based on their age,
maturity, and responsibility.
We accomplish this through a formal education process based on the individual’s personal experience with firearms. There’s no “one size fits all” approach because
every individual is unique and bring their own set of expectations, reservations, and desires to each class we conduct. At each phase of the training process, we explain
the objectives we are going to achieve, the purpose behind those objectives, and encourage students to ask questions along the way.
Safety is paramount when teaching a firearms course. Safety and responsibility is stressed at every stage, whether it’s a Basic Pistol Shooting Class or an advanced
Idaho Carry and Concealed Weapons (Idaho CCW) Course. The basic fundamentals of firearms safety is observed at every stage of the training course the student is
attending. If a student does not demonstrate their understanding of firearms safety we will not allow them to continue with a class until the fundamentals are clearly
demonstrated. This is for the safety of the student, other students, and the instructors.
Training does not consist of a handbook full of rules, theories, and concepts. Although written material is essential for students to refer too, the written word is not enough
to establish safe, repetitive, proven safety precautions. We engage students during classroom instruction by performing a series of drills and exercises to ensure they
have a complete understanding of the objective we are teaching. Training is then reinforced at the range during live fire exercises focused on applying the techniques
they learned in the classroom. Students explain the fundamental reasons of their exercises, demonstrate how to use their newly taught skill, explain why it’s important, and
then teach the concept to other students. Teaching the concept reinforces the reasoning behind the skill and how to apply it each and every time they handle a firearm.
We focus on understanding the differences behind each course we offer.
Most of our students come to us because they want to receive the training necessary for attaining an Idaho Carry and Concealed Weapons License. This is similar to a
high school student attending a driver’s education class simply because they have too in order to apply for a driver’s license. There are plenty of instructors who stuff 30,
40, and even 50 or more students into a class for the sole purpose of lecturing on concepts, delivering state required information, and then sending students off to apply
for an Idaho CCW license. If this is your goal, we will not be a good fit for you. If training was simply about concepts, students could read our education section and be
deemed “trained”. This is a complete injustice to requiring firearms training and education. It equates to a doctor who has read the procedure for performing surgery and
then receiving a medical degree without ever handling a scalpel or performing the procedure successfully under the careful observation of their peers and mentors.
Our carry and concealed weapons class is completely different from a Basic Pistol Shooting Class and the NRA Basics of Personal protection Outside the home Course
because the goals are entirely different, which is why each class brings to the table its own set of objections, with its own set of circumstances, under its own set of
When a student attends our Idaho Carry and Concealed Weapons Class, our sole objective is to teach them how and when they should present a firearm for self-
defense. We emphasize the incredible responsibility they possess when carrying a deadly weapon in public and the consequences of using that weapon both under the
correct and incorrect conditions. There is additional instruction on basic firearms safety, concepts, cleaning of the weapon and so forth, but these are not covered as in-
depth as they would be in other firearm classes.
We encourage questions and will explain the concepts behind the answer to the students.
During our formal training as NRA Certified Instructors, we attended several different classes taught by several different instructors and uncovered a pattern during their
classes: If they felt a topic was easily understood, or that their students should already know the material, they would skip the topic entirely.
One particular class included a section on how to break-down and clean a firearm. The instructor stated: “Everyone by now should be familiar with cleaning their firearm;
does anyone have any questions?” The instructor might just have announced if you don’t know how to clean your firearm you shouldn’t be attending this class. We
observed this and similar teachings noting instructors assume students know subjects they feel are relatively minor unimportant or easy to understand, and will skip over
them discouraging questions. This was of particular concern to us because, although you can watch You Tube videos and read instructions on how to clean your gun, we
wanted to observe someone teaching on the subject matter and hopefully learn something as well. Instead, we went to a local gun shop, sat down with their gunsmith, and
spent 30 minutes learning a new skill which was completely different from the textbook and You Tube demonstrations we had watched.
We concluded instructors who are weak on a subject matter would rather “sweep it under the rug” rather than teach the subject matter. Since then, we have made a very
conscious effort to understand all aspects related to firearms, even one as basic as cleaning a firearm, so we could pass, encourage, share, and reinforce that skillset
with our students.
The “Military” Mindset
During our travels becoming “certified professionals”, we attended classes conducted by ex-military personnel and non-military firearm instructors.
Ex-military instructors are far more likely to teach with a “military” mentality. Forceful, antagonistic, and with imitation as their training style. There’s nothing wrong with that
approach, in fact, there are many benefits to this style of teaching.
Non-military instructors were more concerned we understood concepts, applied those concepts, and worked harder on a more “personal” level to pass new skills on to
us. Our “take-away” was simple (for us): We learned much easier how to use a firearm during the personal approach rather than through the military approach. Over time,
we’ve adopted the personal approach because we believe students learn and maintain information much better than having it “drilled” into them.
While we still employ some version of a military approach (proper mindset, determination to survive, never give up), we have toned the training process down significantly
so our students are not “intimidated” during the learning process.
One last thing we noticed was the ability to teach does not equate to the ability to shoot. In other words, we attended some classes where the instructor could hit the
Bullseye every time, but could not pass on a single skill. While others could hit their target with relative accuracy but boy, could they teach! Out takeaway is simple: For
firearms training, teach the basic safety skills. For firearms accuracy, join competitive shooting events and learn from others.
The “Best” Instructor is the Student
Being a student is the best learning experience anyone can appreciate. As professional firearms instructors, we have learned on-going training from a variety of
instructors with a variety of teaching styles have made us better instructors. Firearms training does not end with the completion of a course-that’s really the beginning of
becoming a proficient and responsible firearms student.
To this day, we continue to attend a variety of firearm courses, albeit, they are usually more advanced classes teaching advanced firearm techniques. No “one” instructor
knows everything; no “one” instructor is an “expert” at hitting the target, but that’s not the point. The more you learn, the better you are, even if you don’t excel in the area
you are receiving instruction. We encourage all students to continue their education path, to learn new skills, join some competitive shooting events, relax, and to enjoy
themselves along the way.
Accidental Discharge of Firearms
In today’s modern world, there’s no such thing as an “Accidental” discharge. There are a few, a very few collection of firearm manufacturers who will produce a firearm
without manual safeties, but all guns manufactured must have a mechanism that prevents them from discharging if accidently dropped. Even with these firearms, a
person must physically pull the trigger to discharge the weapon.
Education in firearms safety is the key to preventing an “accidental” discharge. If a firearm is handled with respect and core, when basic firearm safety practices are
followed, an unintended discharge will never occur.
About Your Instructors
David M. Streb, NRA Training Counselor
David M. Streb, MCSE was raised in a military family by Marine Sargent George T. Streb, a sharpshooter for the United States Marines. David never joined the military;
his primary exposure and training to firearms was passed on to him by his father-a non-commissioned soldier for the United States Marines teaching firearms training to
new cadets. Mr. Streb was taught from a very early age the operations of a firearm, how to acquire a target, and how to hit a target based on the training curriculum of the
United States Marine Corps. Mr. Streb did not join the military, rather, he focused on a formal education as an Information Technology Specialist.
Mr. Streb established and managed Exiis Corporation in 1995; a Microsoft Certified Partner focused on Microsoft Server Products and Technologies. For nearly 20
years, Exiis Corporation serviced clients focused on communication, email, instant messaging, customer relations, and inter-personal communications.
In 2013, Mr. Streb established Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training. The company is established to teach core safety, responsibility, and firearm training techniques.
In 2015, Mr. Streb was awarded the highest training certification available through from the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a certified Training Counselor which
allows Mr. Streb to train and certify new NRA instructors.
Nicki M. Streb
Nicki M. Streb did not grow up around firearms. Learning to respect firearms came much later in life. For years she had a deep seeded fear of guns, after one was
pulled on her as a teenager. On day she decided "enough". Through self determination, Mrs. Streb overcame her personal fears by taking her first NRA pistol course.
One course became two, and soon her fears disappeared as she realized a gun was nothing to be afraid of when you safely control it.. Mrs. Streb, is now a Certified
NRA Instructor, and an approved firearms instructor for the State of Idaho. She works hard to take the "fear" out of firearms for others by specializes in basic pistol
training and women's personal protection instruction.
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To all our friends, family, and students-we wish you the best in all your personal and shooting events.