When you want to sign up for shooting lessons, you need to know what to look for in a good firearm instructor. It’s not enough knowing that your instructor is a good shot. In fact, that’s usually a given, so it’s the least of your concerns.

Problem is that unlike plumbers and handymen, there’s no review forum for firearm instructors. That’s why you need to do your homework.

A firearm instructor needs a particular skill set and we’ll set these out for you.

Word of mouth

If someone has rated a firearm instructor highly, this is usually a good starting point. Personal recommendations aren’t an exact science, but they’re way better than internet forum gossip.

However, there are other criteria to consider. Is your instructor an amateur or a professional? What are his/her credentials? Is the range an established enterprise with training courses? And does the instructor or instructors provide a bio listing their credentials, training and qualifications?


Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a given. Be aware and ask questions about the range’s safety protocols. Visit the range’s website too to check out what their protocols are. Also look for an instructor who always keeps his/her guns pointed in a safe direction, especially during demonstrations. Unless they’re about to fire, good instructors also keep their fingers off the trigger.


This makes all the difference. There’s nothing quite like an engaging instructor. But at the same time, it’s good if this person is courteous at all times.

Good instructors are flexible. In other words, they usually have several ways of teaching their courses, adapting the content and presentation to the learner(s). And be aware that a good instructor is not a braggart.

Band Of Expertise

Now, expertise is extremely important. Check the credentials and experience of your firearm instructor. Someone with practical experience and years of practising his shooting skills is imperative. Find yourself a specialist that has excelled in precisely what you want to do and you won’t look back.

So now that you know what to look for in a good firearm instructor, set about the task of finding your ideal instructor.


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