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Old 11-05-2019, 08:20 AM
GNfromTN GNfromTN is offline
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I am planning on retiring from my job next August (after 31 years). Time to change things up a bit! I would like to get certified as a Firearms Instructor.
I am a Vet and have had firearms training as well as carried in the service. I am an avid shooter and am a member of an awesome range. I am attending Gunsite Academy's 250 Pistol class in 3 weeks in Arizona. I will also be taking the NRA's Firearm Instructor class when I get back. My Dad was a State Trooper so I have been around guns, respect guns/gun safety my whole life.
Any other classes, information, or recommendations that I should pursue to become an instructor?

Thanks in Advance for any input.

Gary
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Old 11-05-2019, 08:35 AM
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As an instructor, my personal belief is that it is beneficial to always take training with other instructors; always something to learn, whether it is techniques in shooting, gun handling, or instructing. Some of the best instructors I've taken multiple classes from are Ken Hackathorn (retired now and not giving classes anymore), Rob Leatham, Larry Vickers, Bill Wilson, and on my "next" list is Ernie Langdon, Mike Seeklander, and Paul Howe. There are plenty of good ones like the Gunsite class you've signed up for, and Thunder Ranch, so look at the ones that have good reputations in the business. I always learn something new with each of them.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:44 PM
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Tom Givens has an instructor program, I'd look into that.

I'd also suggest training with everyone Grandpa50AE mentioned.

Shoot local IDPA and USPSA matches to improve your skills.

Don't use these cliché sayings :

*Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
*Fine vs gross motorskills
*Combat accuracy
*Center mass
*There's no timers in a gunfight
*Paper doesn't shoot back
*Competition will get you killed in the streets
*knockdown power

Be able to get a decent score on these common shooting drills (cuz nobody wants a teacher who can't do what they're teaching)

*Bill Drill
*Vickers Test
*Todd Green FAST test
*FBI Bullseye
*Dot Torture
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:39 PM
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Thank you both for the great info.
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I am planning on retiring from my job next August (after 31 years). Time to change things up a bit! I would like to get certified as a Firearms Instructor.
I am a Vet and have had firearms training as well as carried in the service. I am an avid shooter and am a member of an awesome range. I am attending Gunsite Academy's 250 Pistol class in 3 weeks in Arizona. I will also be taking the NRA's Firearm Instructor class when I get back. My Dad was a State Trooper so I have been around guns, respect guns/gun safety my whole life.
Any other classes, information, or recommendations that I should pursue to become an instructor?

Thanks in Advance for any input.

Gary
First of all, thank you for your service.

In the words of my gun instructor/mentor "you can make a small fortune as a firearms instructor . . . if you start with a large one". That's 'where I've been' the last couple of years.

Get certified as an NRA instructor, then ally yourself with a local range that offers instruction. Then work with another experienced instructor there to learn the ropes - so to speak.
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