How Rangemaster Puts the “Certification” in the Instructor Development and Certification Course
Firearms / Personal Defense

How Rangemaster Puts the “Certification” in the Instructor Development and Certification Course

In my previous two posts, I have (1) considered non-governmental certification of instructors as an option to provide consumers of civilian gun training with information about the quality of services they are purchasing, and (2) looked at Tom Givens’s Rangemaster Firearms Instructor Development and Certification course as an example. In my last post I looked … Continue reading

Observing Tom Givens’s Rangemaster Instructor Development and Certification Course
Firearms / Personal Defense

Observing Tom Givens’s Rangemaster Instructor Development and Certification Course

As I noted in the first of this series of posts, this summer I began collecting data for the chapter of my book that will cover the civilian or private citizen gun training industry. My first stop was a Rangemaster Firearms Training Services instructor development and certification course conducted by Tom Givens. This course represents … Continue reading

Certifying Civilian Firearms Instructors – A Non-Governmental Approach
Firearms

Certifying Civilian Firearms Instructors – A Non-Governmental Approach

The growing number of private citizens interested in the use of firearms for self-defense both fosters and is fostered by the rise of the civilian gun training (cottage) industry. The civilian firearms training industry helps to solve the problem of teaching individuals with little or no personal (e.g., family, military, or law-enforcement) background in firearms … Continue reading

Occupational Licensing of Civilian Firearms Instructors?
Firearms

Occupational Licensing of Civilian Firearms Instructors?

In my ongoing consideration of the rise of the civilian gun training industry, my last two posts considered the possibility of the professionalization – or at least the semi-professionalism – of firearms instructors as an occupational group. As the path of professionalization seems unlikely, at least in the short run, other ways of regulating or … Continue reading

The Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors: Semi-Professionalization of Civilian Gun Trainers?
Firearms / Personal Defense

The Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors: Semi-Professionalization of Civilian Gun Trainers?

In thinking about the civilian gun training industry as a profession, I have drawn extensively on a 50+ year old article by sociologist Harold Wilensky on “The Professionalization of Everyone?” [1] Having outlined what a profession is and the typical process by which an occupation is professionalized, Wilensky concluded by observing that “many occupations which … Continue reading