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FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

FIREARMS
INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

3 DAY SEMINAR

Other than the NRA instructor training courses, there are few organized opportunities for one called to firearms instruction to be trained on how to instruct (as distinct from how to shoot).  Those who enter the field typically come in through the NRA instructor courses and shooting clubs, are moved into “training slots” by police or military agencies, or volunteer to work directly with professional instructors for a period of time before they just “hang out a shingle” and start.  Results are mixed.  What we all discover is that with respect to instruction, just as with the shooting skills themselves, we do not know what we do not know.

 

We believe any mature individual who is motivated to teach, has above-average firearms training and shooting skills, and has a personality such that he works well with people, can be an effective firearms instructor.  But a significant number of those who enter the field lack teaching skills, have little experience defining training objectives and then developing curricula appropriate to those objectives, and often harbor unrealistic expectations regarding the economics of firearms training as a business.  Although their firearms skills might be superior, their presentation when teaching novices can be improved.  

The Idea

This is going to be a day-long seminar for: (1) those who feel the calling, and want some guidance about whether or how to proceed; or (2) are currently instructing and wish to compare their methods and practices with those of other instructors in order to improve.  The seminar is not about what anyone teaches, but, rather, how they teach it.  It is a “next step” or formal training beyond the NRA instructor courses.

Course Content

This is a course on running courses, not a shooting course.  It will be held in a meeting room, not on a range.  The topics to be addressed are:

I.     BEING CLEAR ON WHAT ARE YOU DOING AND WHY.

II.    ADOPTING AND PROJECTING A PROFESSIONAL OUTLOOK AND ATTITUDE.

III.   DECIDING ON WHAT YOU ARE TEACHING, AND TEACHING THAT.

1V.   FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF RUNNING A SAFE LINE

V.     TEACHING SKILLS ONE MUST HAVE

VI.   SELLING THE EXPERIENCE

VII.   THE LAW THAT GOVERNS FIREARMS TRAINING COURSES

It is expected those in the course who have experience will share their experiences in dealing with recurring issues, so those with less experience can see how different people have solved the same problems.  

Presenter

​The seminar will be presented by Peter Georgiades. 

 

Peter is the President of the Pennsylvania Firearms Development Corporation, and Executive Director of the Firearms Instruction, Research and Education (F.I.R.E. Institute), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to firearms education.  He the art and craft of firearms instruction by working closely with full-time professional instructors over a period of 20 years, and by taking courses specifically designed to train instructors (as distinct from training shooters).  His formal instructor training courses include: Contact Defense, LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" training program; Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Certification Course; Marksman's Enterprise 3 day instructor courses (carbine and pistol); Stock Brothers (Giles Stock) 3-day Instructor Training; Arizona CCW Instructor Qualification – Gunsite Training Academy; NRA instructor certification programs NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection).  Peter has been an instructor in law at the National Law Center at the George Washington University and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University, and regularly lectures on the law governing the use of deadly force and firearms law.  

This course is sponsored as a public service by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.

  • Cost
    Cost: $475 (which includes a $75 range fee). Payment in full is required upon enrollment, and becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course date. If the course is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be provided to you.
  • Course Format
    Course format: Lectures (approximately 5 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 18 hrs). There will be objective skills tests throughout the course.
  • Instructor
    Instructors: The Rangemaster is Peter Georgiades. Peter has 25+ years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He has been certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun, and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Cert. No. 8769268), and by OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter’s training as an instructor (as distinct from firearms training) includes the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3-day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), and the LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" program. His most important training, however, has been working hundreds of hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. Other experienced range officers will assist. The instructors and staff have collectively accrued several thousand hours of formal training from experienced, professional firearms instructors.
  • Class Size
    Class size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with rifles. All participants must be 18 years of age. Proof of no criminal history is required. Holding a current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle, or a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will suffice.If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or Sheriff (the cost is under $20).The lead instructor is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Physical Requirements
    Physical Requirements: Because this course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources YOU actually have; we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. The elderly or one with a physical disability may not be able to assume one or more of the shooting positions we cover, or perform one or more of the exercises. That’s okay. This course is not designed for training ninjas. Just notify the Rangemaster of any particular disabilities you may have. If you cannot do it one way, we will find another way. We expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability.
  • Equipment Requirements
    The only equipment specifically required for this course is an inert training guh ("red gun" or "blue gun"), a holster for your training gun of choice, and a study belt to support the holster. No live weapons (firearms or otherwise) are permitted in the training area. There is other equipment that is not required, but which we believe will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: Soft drinks or water to drink while in the classroom. (No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.) Camera. Many people find it helpful to photograph positions or techniques, or take pictures for fun. Something with which to take notes.
  • Credentials
    Credentials: A current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle is sufficient. A a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will also suffice. If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or your County Sheriff (the cost is under $20). The Rangemaster is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Certificate
    Certificate: A certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course successfully. This course does satisfy the continuing education requirement for NRA law enforcement instructor certification.
  • Course Location:
    The June 28 - 30, 2024 session of this course will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun CLub, 920 King Road, Bulger, PA 16109.
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 “HAVING A GUN AND THINKING YOU ARE ARMED IS LIKE BUYING A PIANO AND THINKING YOU ARE A MUSICIAN”

Col. Jeff Cooper  (U.S.M.C. Ret.) 

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