Hey there! My name is Tim and I’m a firearms instructor in the Charlotte Metro area of North Carolina.

I specialize in private instruction, tailored to each student’s needs, goals and equipment, with a primary focus on self-defense with a handgun.

I also teach classes on a regular basis for those wishing to get their NC Concealed Handgun Permit.

My Training Philosophy

1. Learning is built on Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude

You have to start with correct information. You then develop skills around that information.  Most importantly - the whole process needs to be approached with the proper attitude for true learning to occur.

  • Knowledge guides the effort.
  • Skills are the building blocks.
  • Attitude fuels the work.

2. Effective training has to meet the student where they are

The best training starts where you are right now and helps you move forward!

If you are new to firearms, getting started with them can be quite intimidating. There are all kinds of gear and training options available and the Internet is full of contradictory advice and opinions on what works and what doesn’t.

Let’s be real: learning to shoot requires a lot more than just buying a gun and going to the range. This isn’t just a pure marksmanship problem, either - especially if your primary interest is self defense.

I have honed my curriculum to effectively teach essential skills and firearm safety to everyday people with varying skill and experience levels, using easy to understand language and exercises, coupled with cutting edge technology. I make a point to back up the hows and whats I teach with experience-based why.

3. Shooting well isn’t all about gear! ;-)

In today’s world, too many people think they can buy skill. 

Don’t get me wrong - having quality gear does matters, especially when you may need to defend your life with it! However, even the best gear does not transform subpar skills into gold. The shooter makes the hits! Gear choices can assist with that but expensive gear is NOT what separates good shooters from average ones.

Good shooters shoot well with whatever gun they are handed because they have put in the work!

4. Maintaining and improving skills is a life-long process

I am a firm believer in the idea that shooting well is a journey, not a destination - especially since shooting skills are perishable. If you are not regularly working to maintain and grow your existing skill set, your skills will suffer for it.

I can help you develop a training plan that will keep your existing skills sharp and put you on the path to continual improvement.

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