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How to Be an Effective Assistant Instructor

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Serving as an assistant instructor requires unique skills that are often taken for granted. How can we be effective in this essential role?

Many people enjoy the limelight of being a lead firearms instructor, teaching at the front of a classroom and giving commands on the firing line. Equally important but less often recognized is the role of the assistant instructor. Being an effective assistant trainer requires more than just standing behind a row of shooters or loitering in the back of the classroom. How do you handle a nervous student? Or a student who doesn’t follow directions? Or one who is unsafe, chatty, inattentive, physically compromised, or just plain terrified? What is the assistant instructor’s role, and how is it different from the lead instructor, or the range safety officer, or the one-on-one coach? In this class, we’ll explore some useful tips, skills, and best practices that elevate the A.I. from just another person on the range to an indispensable part of the training team.

No ammunition is required for this class. All drills and exercises will be conducted in the classroom, with dummy ammunition or blue guns used to simulate range instruction. We’ll focus on classroom management, range preparation and set-up, and general safety enforcement. If time permits, we’ll also include practical exercises on firing line management. For a more in-depth explanation of the topics covered in CSA’s AI curriculum, please see our AI Training page.

This course is designed for experienced shooters who are serving (or aspiring to serve) as assistant instructors, helping lead instructors with firearms training courses. We have a limited number of seats open to the general public for $60. However, priority will be given to Top Gun Academy’s employees, range safety officers, and instructors.

Top Gun Affiliates: To access your discounted ticket price, please contact Will Dougan (Top Gun’s Director of Training) at will@topgunmemphis.com.

We look forward to seeing you in class! If you need an access code to register, please contact us. If you have any trouble with the embedded registration form below, you can also register directly on our Eventbrite page (click here). Thanks!


Citizens Safety Academy


Top Gun
2770 Whitten Road
Memphis, TN 38133 United States
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