If you want to be a firearms instructor, there are many opportunities out there to take advantage of. As a former law enforcement officer of 14 years and then 13 years in the business, were involved with and employed much of a number of unique programs for firearm training. It is arguably one of the top instructor communities in the country, offering you 7 days a week for life-changing training! The reason why I am so excited about teaching people about firearms and self defense is that there is a direct correlation between the safety of a society and the safety of its citizens, and you will truly see that impact in my classroom as a coach and instructor.
A firearms instructor should have a thorough knowledge of all firearms and every accessory used with them. This includes not just guns but knives, stun guns, pepper sprays, torches and other items. You must understand the legal aspects of utilizing these items as well, and this is done through certified instructors must have a CFA, or Certified Firearms Instructor, endorsement on their office card. To take an online test to become one of the thousands of certified instructors, you can find a list of approved schools at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ website.
A firearm instructor toolkit should include a few necessary items. The first is the opportunity to get hands-on training in both the use of a firearm and the application of self defense tactics. In addition to having a professional trainer beside you in your home, it is important to have proper instruction material that is written by a trained professional. I recommend that you purchase a book written by Chuck Benham, or someone who has a higher educational level than Benham. This is the real deal when it comes to what works, and what doesn’t when it comes to defending yourself and others-especially women and children.
The second item in an excellent firearms instructor toolkit should be a C.O.T. or certified instructor’s bag. These bags are made for an adult to carry their firearm with them for protection while they are on duty at their job. The bag should also contain all the necessary documentation for their safety when working in a potentially dangerous or insecure environment.
The third item on my list of how to become a firearms instructor is proper clothing. Remember that being an instructor is not just about waving a gun around in front of people, and that some clothing requirements must be met. For starters, no longer are you just wearing a cotton T-shirt with shorts. An instructor’s uniform should consist of a full service blouse, a long-sleeved blouse, pants, leather shoes and a vest or flight jacket. Keep in mind that carrying a weapon in any part of your body other than your hands is strictly prohibited, and even if you are a good teacher, you could wind up in jail for carrying a concealed weapon.
The final item on my list is the most important: knowledge. You need to be knowledgeable in basic firearm safety and legal issues. If you don’t feel confident enough to sit through an orientation on weapon handling, then you will want to make sure you get certified in basic pistol handling before you begin your career. Once you have this knowledge down pat, it will be much easier to help your students be safe.