Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by SWAT1911, Nov 9, 2011.
Just from some of the treatment I have seen out there at various gun shows, shops, and smiths ... yes ... that would be a very big concern. Especially if you're looking to teach some "serious" shooting, rather than the local boy scouts and their .22s. That would be no problem, but I do see some trouble in trying to teach a practical handgun class.
I became a certified instructor because, once friends learned that I shoot, even here in MA, there was a lot of curiosity: most wanted to be invited shooting, but they wouldn't ask (because guns are bad, you know )--so I had to offer. A couple of times.
It became obvious at some point that I was in essence training my friends. Thought it might be a good idea to make sure I was training them the right way.
By the way, having some fun shooting (and there is no fun without safety) is the best way to break down the "guns are bad/regulation is for our own good" attitude: "You mean I'd have to go through all that legal stuff just to own this gun? That's crazy! I'm a good-guy!"
After the NRA cert, I also got a cert as a firearms safety instructor from the MA State Police. Now, if parents of my kids' friends (or anyone) raises an eyebrow when my guns come up, I just tell them that I'm certified by the MA State Police. Seems to give everyone the warm fuzzies.
Warm fuzzies about guns in MA? That's not a bad trick!
As for th the NRA class itself, it was ok, but I'm not sure I really learnd much that I did not already know. I have had teaching expirience in fire fighting and EMS in over 20 years as a Volunteer firefighter and officer. But, the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor certification is a requirement to teach and certify people for CCW permits in Colorado. The NRA is fairly ridgid in how it wants the material presented if you are in fact representing yourself as an NRA Instructor. If you want to teach shooting and gun safety its a must have certification, just dont plan on learning a lot you dont know already.
I qualified for both certifications and now I'm waiting to receive my credentials, it can take up to 60 days.
Let me know if you have any other questions about the classes.
By all means, get your credentials. But don't stop there.
Keep building your skillset, hit some other schools if you can afford it, and get out and shoot, a lot. Education is also your friend.
I wouldn't say the NRA taught me much, but I went into it with a fairly strong background in guns and teaching. Having "NRA Certified Instructor" on your card does help with proving your bona fides, however.
As for not being taken seriously, well, that's up to you. If you have your facts straight and present them in a clear, concise form, you're halfway home. Make sure you present yourself well, and maintain a respectable and respectful bearing. Think about the people YOU respect, and take your example from them.
Are some folks going to dismiss you due to your age? Yep. Don't sweat it. Some folks dismiss me due to my age, and I'm on the other end of the scale.
The instructor courses focus on the processes of training basic shooting skills safely. As has been noted, basic public speaking and teaching concepts are practiced, then several key lessons are role played by the instructor candidates. I focus a lot on having Instructor Candidates give effective, specific, positive feedback and use the processes in the lesson plans which have been proven to be effective for millions of people. If anyone wants more information, please contact me.
Ken Lewis is a Training Counselor in San Antonio who I can recommend without hesitation. We have taken classes together and I have taken classes from him.
Here is a link to sign up for Ken's next pistol instructor course:
Here is a link for anyone wishing to find an NRA course in their area:
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