The training I offer tends to fall within one of a few categories and I present them here simply to serve as a guideline. ALL of my training is geared towards the individual student and, after an initial skills assessment, I tailor the courseware to your specific needs, based on your personal goals and equipment.

It is worth noting that EACH of these levels consists of “classroom” time where we cover concepts and procedures, and that is followed with dry-fire and live-fire range exercises.

Please be aware: these “levels” aren’t carved in stone. Depending on previous experience and training, your courseware may consist of a blend across levels. Sometimes we end up with gaps in our skill set and it is important to fill those gaps before pushing to build other skills on top.

While most of my instruction is geared towards the individual student, I am also happy to teach small, group classes. I have found that type of environment often serves as a springboard for more personally-focused training.


Level I: Introduction to Firearms

If you are totally new to firearms, this is the place to start. Topics covered include:

The cardinal rules of gun safety, Safe handling and operation of semiauto pistols and revolvers, Important considerations when choosing a pistol for self defense, Standards to apply to your progress, and The foundations of marksmanship

Level II: Marksmanship Essentials

Once you have a solid foundation of safe handling and proper operation of a handgun, it is time to start working on the essentials of marksmanship. At this level we cover the each of building blocks of marksmanship in detail as they are applied to self defense: Grip, Stance, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Trigger Control, Breathing, and Follow Through.

We also start pushing targets out further - further out of the comfort zone! Distance magnifies aspects of our technique that need work and this level is all about refining that technique!

Level III: Intermediate Gun Handling

Shooting, up to this point, is generally static: you stand, aim and shoot at a stationary target. Now that you know what it takes to make good hits on target at a variety of distances, and faithfully demonstrate safe gun handling, it is time to up the ante!

At this level we cover working from and back to the holster as well as introducing shooting while moving. We also incorporate various advanced drills to really challenge and build your problem solving skills.

Level IV: Advanced Applications

This is where the rubber meets the road. You will put the skills you’ve developed to the test in scenario-based training.

Training at this level is all about seeing where our shooting skills fall (and fail) in the bigger picture and we will cover a variety of topics in pursuit of developing well-rounded self-defense toolkit.

NC CHP Course

This course will prepare you to apply for a North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit.  It can be considered a compressed version of the standard classroom courseware I offer, with additional focus on the legal considerations an NC resident needs to be aware of before planning to carry concealed.

The state  mandates a minimum of 8 hours of classwork - however, as I teach it, classes tend to run closer to 10 hours, sometimes more. As such, I typically break the classes up into sessions that can be scheduled over the course of a week or two.  In addition to the required topics, I also cover the safety and training aspects of being a responsible gun owner in more depth.  There is also ample time spent on what is involved in successfully choosing a carry gun and supporting gear.

You do NOT need to own a firearm to take the classroom portion of this - only for the live fire qualification, which I schedule separately.

Students are free to take the classroom portion of this course and then, upon successful completion, defer the live-fire qualification until you are ready.  My only stipulations are that you need to complete the live-fire qualification no later than 3 months after completing the classroom portion of the course and I do require students to qualify with the gun they will carry.

NC CHP Course Prep

You should know: my standards for the live fire qualification to get your NC CHP class certificate of completion are also not the state minimum.  The standards I hold students to are, perhaps, more challenging but are definitely more honest and realistic.

I hold students to a higher standard of accuracy than many instructors do simply because, in the real world, it is not acceptable to miss when it can mean an innocent bystander gets hit by mistake.  You are responsible for EVERY round you fire.

Because of this, you may want or need to get some training before tackling the live fire qualification and this private course is geared solely at assisting you with preparing to pass.

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