Crisis Prevention And Training Services, LLC

Private Instruction

Why should I take private lessons?

As an instructor, I  understand that learning to shoot a gun can be intimidating, to say the least, so working with just an instructor eases the fear of failure or embarrassment a student might feel in a class.  Also, once shooters have started to develop their skill-sets, they (we!) want to make absolutely sure that we're on the right track and not developing sloppy habits or "bad" fundamentals.  This is where an expert opinion is helpful, especially in a one-on-one environment.  You have the ability to ask questions or work on a particular set of skills and drills without the pressure of being limited by the other people in a class.  Regarding tutoring or  private instruction, the Cowley College website (, lists the following "Benefits to Students:"

  • Offers more individualized, systematic, structured learning experience.
  • Provides greater congruence between teacher and learner, closer role model.
  • Improves academic performance and personal growth.
  • Improves attitude toward subject area.
  • Generates stronger effects than other individualized teaching strategies.
  • Motivates self-paced and self-directed learning.
  • Provides intensive practice for students who need it.
  • Improves self esteem.

An additional benefit is the direct instruction and oversight on safety while

handling guns as well as shooting on the range.

Do I have to own a gun to start? 

No!  I have several guns that you can use as part of the lesson, with a voluntary donation to cover the ammunition cost.

How much does it cost? 

$75/hr, with couples or family discounts.

What about teaching kids?

Parents know their children best.  When parents feel a child is physically able, emotionally ready, and mature enough to start the learning process, we're here to help.  Again, private lessons can either precede or follow another course such as NRA Hunter Education, or the 4-H Shooting Sports program.  And again, the children benefit from the tutorial method just as adults do.  A private lesson or two will also reinforce the parents' wisdom and help with the decisions to continue training, purchase an appropriate firearm,  or wait until the child is older.

Can we train as a family?

Absolutely! Having parents and children together will make sure everyone is on the same page, and parents will have an immediate, intimate knowledge of their children's skills, abilities, and maturity.  As above, I will gladly offer a "family rate" for this kind of instruction.