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Friday, 20 May 2022 09:28

New Instructors Corner

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We are excited to announce another new feature: The Instructors Corner! With the instructors corner we introduce you to firearms instructors from across the state every couple of months. Get to know who they are, what their qualifications are, and a little bit of what their personal faves are! Plus they will present you with a little piece of instruction to help you become a little better with your firearm!

See below for an example. If you are a firearms instructor based in Nevada and would like to participate and be featured... reach out to us as soon as possible so we can schedule you in an upcoming issue and work on getting our question answered and your short lesson prepped for publication!


Website Heading Example: Meet the Instructor - John Wick | Lesson: Tips to Improve Accuracy

Magazine - 1st Page: (see example on Page 20 of our Digital Preview/Media Kit Issue here: 

John Wick
In Your Face Firearms Training
Elko, NV

Instructor John Wick from In Your Face Training in Elko, NV takes a minute to answer some of our/your questions and provide some training tips and knowledge.

Q & A

What’s Your Experience with Firearms?

I started my journey into the firearms world at age 16 when my dad bought me my first gun, I then fell in love with shooting sports at 17, participating in local shooting matches at the county range.

How long have you been teaching firearms training?

At age 18 I joined the U.S. Marine Corps. There I would be able to share my love of firearms with other by becoming a Marine Corps Weapons & Tactics instructor.

In 2010 I left the Marine Corps and would join the Elko County Sheriff’s Department in the Summer of 2012 where I still serves as a reserve officer and as the departments Head Range Officer in charge of training all officer’s in firearms safety and tactics.

Since 2016 I have been teaching private citizens on a weekly basis.

What are your official certifications/licenses?
NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
NRA Personal Protection inside the Home Instructor
NRA Personal Protection outside the Home Instructor
NRA Handgun Instructor
NRA Rifle Instructor
P.O.S.T. Certified Firearms Instructor
P.O.S.T. Certified Carbine Instructor
B.S.I.S. Certified Training Instructor Firearms
Glock Certified Armorer

Where else have you trained?
Thunder Ranch Inc. – Team Tactics (two evolutions)
Thunder Ranch Inc. – Home and Vehicle Defense
Thunder Ranch Inc. – Integrated Handgun Rifle
Thunder Ranch Inc. – Mid-Range Rifle

In your opinion, what sets you apart from other instructors/companies?
I think my life long love for firearms and training plus m experience in teaching and in both the military and law enforcement over the past two decades gives me an edge over other instructors.

What’s a little piece of knowledge you would like to share with every gun owner?
Training never ends, you will never know everything but you can try and continue to try to... and when you think you know everything, start all over.

Why did you become an instructor and why is teaching safety, fundamentals, and tactics important to you?
I am strong believer that even though we have the right to own it we also have the responsibilty to be safe and responsible with it. It is important to me to teach what I have learned with others so they can take a bit of that wisdom with them.

Some Fun Stuff...

Favorite Gun Models (Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle)?
Handgun: H&K P30L; Shotgun: Benelli M2 Super 90; Rifle: Taran Tactical TR-1 Ultralight

Favorite Ammo (Practice & Defensive)?
Speer Gold Dot 124gr 9mm for Defense and American Eagle 124gr 9mm for Practice.

Favorite Shooting Spot(s)?
A desert area just Northeast of Las Vegas

Favorite Drill(s)?

Magazine/Guide - 2nd Page:

A Lesson from the Instructor

Tips to Improve Accuracy

Even experienced shooters can struggle to hit their target. If you’re tired of hitting outside the bull’s-eye (or worse, nothing at all), it’s time to go back to the basics. Follow these five handgun shooting tips and you can immediately start improving your aim.

1. Keep Your Grip High and Tight
How you hold the handgun is key to controlling recoil and can even slightly make up for a sloppy trigger pull. Unfortunately, the grip is also one of the things that shooters tend to get wrong.

When holding a handgun, your grip should be high and tight, meaning there should be no spaces between your flesh and the gun when you grip it. Having spaces in between your hand and the gun means that there is room for the gun to move when it recoils. The web of your hand should go as high as possible without interfering with the slide, and your non-dominant hand should come forward to fill the empty space on the grip panel.

2. Get Your Stance Right
Fast and accurate handgun shooting demands a stable shooting stance. A proper handgun shooting stance will set you up for success in other areas, such as sight alignment, trigger control and recoil management.

The most popular handgun stances include the Isosceles, the Weaver and the Chapman. There is no “best” stance. All three have their advantages and disadvantages. Experiment with different stances and choose one that you feel most comfortable with.

3. Use the Front Sight
One of the biggest mistakes that beginner shooters tend to make is looking directly at their target as opposed to their front sight. If you’re shooting for pure accuracy, you need to line up the front and rear sights. The front sight should be in clear focus, while the rear sights are somewhat fuzzy.

Don’t pull the trigger until you see that your sights are aligned. This will only instill bad shooting habits that will be hard to break.

4. Work on Recoil Anticipation
Recoil anticipation screws up a lot of handgunners. This is one of the reasons why dry firing—shooting without live ammo—is so important because it helps build muscle memory that can help you overcome recoil anticipation. If you find yourself flinching in anticipation of the recoil, try to pull the trigger as if you were just dry firing it and let the gun do its thing.

Dry firing is perfectly safe for the most part (the exception being rimfire guns) and can significantly improve your handgun accuracy. Keep in mind that the four rules of gun safety still apply to dry firing. So when you’re finished dry firing your pistol, be sure to immediately return it to the pistol case. People have dry firing accidents when they get distracted, load their firearm and return to “dry firing,” only to experience a loud bang. A handgun case can help prevent unnecessary accidents.

5. Learn Proper Trigger Squeeze/Press
Despite trigger pull being one of the most important aspects of handgun shooting, it’s often easily neglected by beginner and experienced shooters alike. If you have your sights lined up and your shot is still veering off the left or the right, an improper trigger pull is probably to blame.

Most handgun instructors advise using the center of the pad on your fingertip and the first knuckle joint to press the trigger. However, this may differ for everyone based on your hand and finger size.

Dry Practice Makes Perfect
Although live drills are important, dry fire drills are the single best thing you can do to improve your handgun accuracy. Dry fire drills can be done anywhere at any time and cost nothing. If you keep up with your dry fire practice, you should start to see improvement in your accuracy with each visit to the gun range.


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