Branding in the Firearms Training Industry
Training

Branding in the Firearms Training Industry

Having discussed the rise of civilian firearms training industry, as well as various means of ensuring quality in training services offered, including professionalization, licensing, certification, and apprenticeship, this post will consider one final approach to quality assurance in the gun training industry: BRANDING. “Brands” originally were physical marks put on animals (and slaves, human beings … Continue reading

Why Gunsite Apprentice Instructors Are Called “Provosts”
Training

Why Gunsite Apprentice Instructors Are Called “Provosts”

As I noted in my last post on apprenticeship as a path into the private citizen firearms training community, Gunsite Academy calls its apprentice instructors “Provosts,” following the founder, Col. Jeff Cooper. The term “provost” here is curious – but significant — because the most common use of the term, according to the Oxford English … Continue reading

The Apprentice – Private Citizen Firearms Instructor Edition
Training / Uncategorized

The Apprentice – Private Citizen Firearms Instructor Edition

Several years ago, the very smart Kathy Jackson published an article on her Cornered Cat website called “How to Become a Firearms Instructor.” Hers is a practical guide rather than an analysis, but is still quite useful for my purposes in trying to understand the private citizen firearms training industry because she distinguishes between “two … Continue reading

Blowback from #GVP #GunSense Advocate on My Road Rage and Guns Comments in Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Blowback from #GVP #GunSense Advocate on My Road Rage and Guns Comments in Fort Worth Star-Telegram

I have to take a break from my series of posts on the civilian gun training industry to address some blowback I received for comments I made that were printed in a story about road rage and guns in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Back in February (5 months ago), I had a fairly lengthy and … Continue reading