If you’re going to own and use firearms, then you should have some sort of training; What are some tips for choosing a firearms instructor?
First, you’ll want to work with someone who is qualified to teach you all about firearms, including safety lessons and more. This means you should be looking for instructors who have a lot of experience as well as training. Are they certified? They should have NRA certification and then be able to show you more evidence that they’re lifelong learners. If they can show you several “completed course” certificates, that’s a good thing. If they have references, and you’re welcome to call them and ask them how they liked working with that particular instructor, that’s a good thing– do so!
Next, ask if they have worked in law enforcement or served in the military. If they have, that’s definitely a good sign. It’s especially a good thing if they not only have that experience, but they’re also good working with civilians. You want an instructor who doesn’t intimidate you or make you feel lesser! They should be friendly enough and fairly approachable. When you ask a question, you shouldn’t feel belittled. Ideally, you should like the personality of your firearms instructor– otherwise, it won’t be a good time.
Thirdly, do they teach consistently? If so, that’s a good thing because that means they are most likely up-to-date on the latest information and firearms, and they have their “head in the game” rather than just “teaching one class every 10 years or so.” If an instructor tells you they don’t take any classes (for themselves) anymore, that’s not a good sign. Avoid them.
In the Chicago area, check out Security Training Center and its many instructors and classes. Call 773-445-4413 for more info about firearms’ training courses. Chicago’s Security Training Center has trained over 100,000 certified security officers since 1985.