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Tom Givens
09-11-2013, 03:22 PM
We only have one more instructor development course in 2013. Details:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
West Shore Sportsmens Association
October 4-6, 2013 Friday-Sunday
Skip Gochenour, srg@srgochenour.com
901-370-5600 to register

This is an intensive full three day (24 hours total) course that teaches candidates:
modern adult learning theory;
preparation, delivery, and documentation of training;
development of training aids, including power points and others;
coaching methodologies, diagnosing and correcting shooters’ errors;
modern, effective gunhandling techniques, designed to work under stress; and effective, efficient combat marksmanship techniques.

The course time is divided about equally between classroom sessions and range firing, and each student will fire approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Students will act as coaches for other students, and each will be coached extensively in turn. Students also receive a 170+ page training manual, which is a valuable information and reference resource. To graduate from this course, students must pass a shooting qualification, pass a written examination, and conduct a brief presentation in the classroom on an assigned topic. This course satisfies the training requirements for the Tennessee Department of Safety to become a State Certified Handgun Instructor and the Oklahoma CLEET requirements to become an OK SDA Instructor. It is recognized for 24 hours of continuing education credit for law enforcement in South Carolina by SCCJA. The primary instructor is Tom Givens, assisted by other Rangemaster instructors.

For this course, students will need:
A serviceable sidearm,revolver or semiauto, of at least .38 Special or 9X19mm caliber ( .38 Special, 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 Auto);
A serviceable uniform duty or concealed carry holster, worn on the belt, of leather or kydex construction, with a covered trigger guard;
At least three magazines or speedloaders (more is better);
1,000 rounds of full power ammunition for the sidearm.

Everything else is supplied by Rangemaster. Advance registration is required. Tuition is only $499.00. Call 901-370-5600 to register.
See www.rangemaster.com for more information.

Chuck Haggard
09-11-2013, 04:37 PM
Just did this class in Oklahoma a few days ago.

Highly recommended.

09-22-2013, 12:58 AM
+1 to the above post.

Tom Givens
09-24-2013, 09:20 PM
Last call for this one. We have space for about two more people.

Wayne Dobbs
10-13-2013, 02:32 PM
Any AAR on this class?

10-18-2013, 09:32 PM
Any AAR on this class?

See here:


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Tom Givens
10-22-2013, 11:49 AM

To my knowledge, no one wrote up the Harrisburg, PA, class. We did a class in Oklahoma a month before that one and a student did write an AAR on that class. Here it is:

Rangemaster Instructor's Course Sept. 6-8 2013, McLoud, OK AAR
Kirk Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico
I would like to start by saying thank you to Tom Givens, our assistant instructors Spencer and Gabe, our host Wes of Practical Shooting LLC, my brother for accompanying me to yet another training adventure in a far away place and all 19 of my fellow students who came together to make this a great long weekend of training.

Link to course description: http://www.rangemaster.com/classes/h...on-course.html

The Rangemaster Instructor's Course serves several purposes. It teaches students critical information, tactics, techniques, mindset and statistics. The class also teaches shooting methodology, proper shooting coaching and tests student's skill level on the range. Lastly, students are tested on their ability to retain knowledge taught over the course of the weekend and available in the workbook and to present knowledge to fellow classmates in a 5 minute presentation assigned to the student by Tom Givens.

This was my fourth instructor's course, the first three being through Sig Academy, the NRA and Tactical Response. The Tactical Response Instructor's class comes close, but in the end I believe that if you could pick only one of the above classes, you should pick the Rangemaster course. The Rangemaster course is the only one of the above that goes into detail about how to properly coach a shooter on the firing line. It also forces students to give informative, properly delivered coaching and to receive and implement the same.

The Course is a nearly even split between class time and range time. At first this might seem a bit range heavy for an instructor's course, but the split worked just right because of the way range time is used in the course. When you are not shooting you are observing and coaching. When you are shooting you are implementing the coaching given by your training partner. Whether in the classroom or on the range you are in turn learning and teaching, developing vital skills as an instructor.

Speaking to our class specifically, there were 20 students, with a pleasantly and surprisingly high 5 female shooters. Law Enforcement was also healthily represented. This class was notable for being a "that guy" free zone with all the students being safe, attentive and well adjusted. Skill levels ranged from very new to very experienced. I managed to win the Casino shoot, but finished in second place overall after being bested by the very talented Lieutenant Chuck Haggard.

I would strongly recommend this course to any shooter. Whether or not you plan on instructing full time or part time, you will (hopefully) eventually be given the responsibility and opportunity of teaching a friend, family member, child or spouse the basics of shooting, firearms safety, firearms storage, and or the realities and legalities of the use of firearms in self defense. This class will help you with all of the above, maximizing the learning experience of your loved ones, your customers and yourself. As usual Tom Givens offers an amazing training experience that is presented in proper context and executed successfully. Two Thumbs way up.