Howdy everyone, this is my first post on here and I was looking for some insight. Are any of you firearms instructors or know of anyone who is one as a career? I did some serious thinking about where my life is heading last night and I was trying to think of something I could honestly do the rest of my life and love going to work everyday. My father instilled a great respect and love for firearms at a very young age and I'd like to continue that passion. So what careers involve firearms, and specifically what is the exact route to becoming a firearms instructor as a career?
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I see what you did there....
Second suggest aside, John Muir makes my point exactly. He suggests owning and operating an indoor range...which would make firearms instruction part of the job, but not the whole job.
I hadn't ever considered a range. We have a few around here but they are all outdoor ranges that can only be used for about 5 months at a time. Upstate New York has some brutal winters and an inside range might just be what people would go for. Maybe a .22 range and a pistol range?
You can be an instructor and gunsmith as well. You will make twice or maybe three times the amount of money and you will know how to fix your own guns.
I get the impression that firearms instructors are a dime a dozen in the US but they're not all that common in Canada. Up here a good way to make a career out of it is to be a "use of force" instructor for a government agency or a police / military organization. They're common in police / military but they're a fairly new phenomenon for many government agencies (like customs & immigration) who only recently started carrying firearms.