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

Gun Culture 2.0 Posts on the Private Citizen (or Civilian) Gun Training Industry (or Community)
Concealed Carry / My Experience / Personal Defense / Training

Gun Culture 2.0 Posts on the Private Citizen (or Civilian) Gun Training Industry (or Community)

This page collects my posts on the private citizen (i.e., civilian) gun training industry (or community). These posts offer my initial reflections on the topic as part of my ongoing research. Therefore, I welcome readers’ reactions, responses, references, elaborations, and corrections. My recent set of posts on the rise and organization of the civilian gun … Continue reading

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

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