Firearms instructor?


July 11, 2009, 11:23 AM
Just out of curiosity what does it take to work at a gun store as a firearms instructor or just as lets say a salesperson? (Age, knowledge, etc..)

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justashooter in pa
July 11, 2009, 12:11 PM
an insufferable know-it-all attitude and an intolerance to anything you don't personally believe seems to be the operative qualification. trust in certificates from "training sites" seems to be important, as well. general knowledge and humility are definitely not part of the picture.

July 11, 2009, 12:45 PM
You have to be able to never admit you are wrong, even when proven wrong.

You have to know how to tell people to leave your store if they mention they have ever bought a gun online.

You have to be able to make up lies on the spot about just about every gun in the store.

I suspect this thread isn't going the way you wanted is it? :)

We're kidding a little but the truth is that from what I've seen there doesn't seem to be much required in the way of qualifications to be a salesperson in a gun store.

Work as an instructor is different. Depends on what you are gong to teach. At a minimum I'd say the NRA instructor course, and that's an absolute minimum level. If you're going to be teaching concealed carry courses there's possibly a state requirement for minimum qualifications too.

July 11, 2009, 12:52 PM
Why I work for myself(NRA certified pistol instructor) is because most of the guys at the shops don't know squat. Had one guy at the nearby shop shoot himself in the kidney and die, while it was unfortunate, I knew the guy and he was a piece of work. I'm staying steady at between 30 and 40 students a month, use a private piece of property okay to shoot on (70 acres) sometimes, other times indoor ranges. I get a lot of recommended clients because I'm A) polite, B) patient, C) not full of it, D) and willing to admit I don't know everything (I got to finally shoot a S&W MP 9mm that was real nice).

Gun shop guys always seem to know more than me but are far less capable. I just tell everyone not believe what a salesman tells you, do your own research.

July 11, 2009, 12:59 PM
Excellent teaching and customer service skills. Prior sales experience helps.

When looking for new hires at my local range, the manager is attracted to those who have experience in the restaurant or sales industry rather than "gun nuts". The gun experience and knowledge comes later when they get hired, sort of like training on the job.

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