Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with another shooter and discuss what goes into teaching a class. There’s definitely a art to effective teaching and by no means am I suggesting I know everything, I’m just happy to share what I’ve figured out so far.

The information we covered can be applied to ANY course, it doesn’t necessarily have to be shooting specific. The biggest take away is STAY IN YOUR LANE regardless of what you’re teaching! That applies to any field but we see guys making that mistake on a regular basis in the firearms industry.

During the conversation I actually reached out to Greyfox Industries to see if he had any recommendations for a instructor development course and Steve actually suggested basic speaking classes. We both agreed that the purpose of a instructor course should be teaching you how to better present material, not teach you course content. If you aren’t familiar with the content or the subject why are you teaching it? I busted by chops learning how to teach combatives in the Army, from there I went to basic rifle marksmanship and small unit tactics. I didn’t become a certified Army instructor or choose to focus on precision rifle until later in my career.

Bottom line, know what you’re talking about. Write out a curriculum and practice it. Have peers and mentors review it for weak points or areas you can improve. STAY IN YOUR LANE!!!!Do After Action Reviews so you can see what worked and what you need to improve on. And finally, never be afraid to ask for help and always offer help to the next guy. It pays off in the long run.

Thanks to guys like Steve from Sentinel Concepts Petty from All The Lumens Larry Vickers Jacob at RIFLES ONLY, Inc. Paul from Safety Solutions Academy, LLC Fred from S&S Arms AZ and countless Army NCO’s for their advice, mentorship and teaching me along the way.


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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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