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Firearms instructor?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by deltastorm11, Jul 11, 2009.

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  1. deltastorm11

    deltastorm11 Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    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..)
  2. justashooter in pa

    justashooter in pa member

    May 31, 2009
    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.
  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    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.
  4. MagnumDweeb

    MagnumDweeb Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Central Florida
    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.
  5. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    In a Los Angeles coffin.
    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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