20th Anniversary Rangemaster Tactical Conference, March 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas
Firearms / Training

20th Anniversary Rangemaster Tactical Conference, March 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas

I just registered for the 20th Anniversary edition of the Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference. It seems I only attend the annual event on historic occasions because the only other time I attended, in 2014, was the last year the Tac Con was held at Rangemaster in Memphis. Registration is $349 plus an additional $20.19 … Continue reading

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

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

Contemporary Private Citizen Gun Trainers – Like Drawfs on the Shoulders of Giants?
Firearms

Contemporary Private Citizen Gun Trainers – Like Drawfs on the Shoulders of Giants?

One final thought on Tom Givens’s Rangemaster Instructor Development and Certification course before I move on to considering apprenticeship, credentials, and branding in the private citizen gun training industry. Listening to the Primary & Secondary ModCast #93 on how to find an instructor, the Rangemaster course was singled out as a high quality instructor certification … 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