Become a Student

Become a Student

If you are going to be a serious professional you must learn from others. This means on-going training provided by other firearm instructors and training specialists. Keep in mind the ability to shoot a bullseye at 50 feet does not mean you have the ability to teach that skill. There are many instructors who have left the profession because their ability to transfer their skills were lacking. Variety is the key – get training whenever you can from as many instructors as possible. We even suggest taking the same class from different instructors to see how their styles may vary, how they communicate a concept, and how students respond to their teaching method. Observe what you like and don’t like about their teaching style and methodology; take the once you like and adopt them to your own personal style of teaching.

Become a student today, right now. Find a local instructor who is offering a basic pistol shooting course and attend the class. Those who are considering starting a firearm business oftentimes go into the business with the expectation that students want to learn tactical defense moves, to hear about stories of how the instructor saw action or when the instructor had to go “red lights and sirens” to chase down an active shooter – nothing could be further from the truth. The firearm business is about training those who have no training – those who want to learn how to shoot. That’s not to say there’s not a market for advanced training, tactical moves, challenging courses. Your average student and your largest pool of students will be beginners – learn how to teach the basics. Remember those? Aiming, hold control, breath control, trigger control, follow-through. Even if you are intending to teach advanced classes, knowing the basics and how to teach them are important – you need to know them, how to look for them, and ensure they are being used. Remember the basics are the foundation every shooter needs to execute correctly each and every time they shoot – if basics are not utilized, advanced training will fail because of the lack of core training.

Like students, you need to crawl before you run.

At the beginning of our instructor class students introduce themselves, tell us about their shooting experience, and why they are attending the class. Almost always, the one with that boasts the most will fail the basic shooting requirement for instructors. And of course, it’s not because of them – it’s the gun, the sites, the shooting conditions, the ammunition, a bad day. Almost always, it’s the stance, grip, or trigger control that’s getting in the way…back to basics. Sometimes the basics are not enough. We’ve had security forces at major military facilities fail their shooting qualification. We’re reminded of their “experience” and how its not possible they could fail the shooting qualification…but they do. Or, they can shoot but have no muzzle control in the classroom environment. For these and many other reasons, we recommend you attend classes as a student, at the most basic level, and remind yourself of the importance of the basics.

The ability to shoot a target is certainly a requirement for the instructor – the ability to teach and transfer that skill is more important.

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