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NRA Shotgun Instructor Certification Course

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm


This course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course. Instructor candidates learn to organize and teach the Basic Shotgun curriculum and demonstrate mastery through practical exercises, student-teaching, and a written exam. Please note that the listed price ($450) includes both the Instructor Course and the Basic Shotgun Shooting course, a mandatory prerequisite that we are hosting the day before (learn more about the Basic Shotgun course here).

This course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training (BIT) and discipline-specific instructor training (in this case, shotgun shooting). Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Shotgun Instructor Candidate packet, and NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course student packet.

To take the instructor course, candidates must already be knowledgeable in firearm safety and skilled in shotgun shooting. Before taking the course, candidates must complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises. Also, the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course is a prerequisite. For instructor candidates who need the prereq, we are offering Basic Shotgun the day before the Instructor course (click here for more info). If you’ve already taken Basic Shotgun from another instructor, you can send your completion certificate to Defensive Specialties when you contact them to register for the instructor course (the price to take only the Instructor class is $300 instead of $450).

For this class, CSA is pleased to welcome guest instructors Mike and Marie Bain of Georgia-based Defensive Specialties, LLC. Here’s a bit more about Mike Bain, from the Defensive Specialties website.

John “Mike” Bain is the owner of Defensive Specialties, LLC. He is an NRA Training Counselor & Chief Range Safety Officer, Regional Counselor for the NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim® Program & a State-Licensed Instructor for Georgia’s Armed & Unarmed Security Officers & Private Investigators. Disciplines he teaches include Tactical Shooting, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Defensive Pistol, Metallic & Shotgun Shell Reloading, and Muzzleloading. He is certified as an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor for Pistol & Shotgun. Mike holds NRA Distinguished Expert ratings in both pistol & rifle.

His background includes 14 years in law enforcement & the military to include the Alabama State Patrol, Mississippi State Harbor Police, & as a US Army Military Policeman. While in the US Army, he also served with the 63rd Chemical Company as an Assistant Squad Leader. While with the 63rd, he was trained in Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Operations, was the unit armorer, & served in Operation Desert Storm. Other military duties included Senior Patrol Officer, SWAT Team Member, Training NCO, Unit Armorer, Unit Medic, & Marksmanship Instructor.

He has been reloading his own ammunition since the 1980’s & casts his own bullets as well. He has been a concealed carry permit holder since 1976. Mike is involved in shooting activities at Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville, GA. He led the Ladies League there for three years & is currently serving as the Range Officer for the complex.

For this course, CSA is pleased to welcome guest instructors Mike and Marie Bain of Georgia-based Defensive Specialties, LLC. Anyone interested in the course should contact Defensive Specialties to register. You can learn more about Defensive Specialties and ask about registration via any of the contact methods below. You can also register on the NRA Training website (just run a search for Tennessee shotgun classes, and you should see it).


May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am
May 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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