Selecting a firearms instructor can be a daunting task. Our goal is provide you with some tips you can use when doing your research. Often times Google search results will limit to only the instructors who have a web presence online and this may be short changing you. For the ones that do have a website look to see if there is a Google business page setup and if they have any reviews. Reviews are the single most important attribute when it comes to service based businesses because there is no other way to know how good it is unless you have a personal referral to go from.
If there isn’t a Google business page for the instructor or the academy, then we recommend you call and ask the following questions:
- How long have you been an instructor and what is your background?
- What do you recommend for new shooters to bring to class?
- What kind of safety equipment is required for your class?
- Is there a lunch break and nearby places or do you recommend I bring a lunch?
- What kind of attire, footwear, headwear and other type of garments should I bring?
- How much ammo do I need to bring?
- What kind of holster is acceptable for this class?
- Do you recommend knee pads or any other protective gear?
The above questions should cover most of what you will need to know. If for some reason the instructor you are talking to isn’t rattling off answers like they’ve done it a thousand time then you may want to reconsider the instructor. A lot of instructors instruct part time on the side and there is nothing wrong with that, we actually love the hustle. However you may want to take your first class with instructors who have several hundred classes under their belt to maximize the efficiency of your time and money.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to us at our contact page.