Thanks for the tag @Randall318!
@OldGnome it depends on how fast you want to move
Here are some things you can start today:
- set aside a time to practice dry fire several times a week to every day. And then do it.
- make a decision on how often you want to go to the range… every week? Twice a month? … and then do it.
- think about what you want to teach, marksmanship is different than personal defense in both the skills and the purpose, so consider what you really care about passing on.
You dont have to be an expert marksman to teach, but your skills have to be adequate for your discipline. There are probably more than a few on here who can outperform me on the range, but teaching is about teaching not perfect shooting. I have to know what I’m talking about, and what I’m doing, to teach, but good shooting isn’t enough. My hubby can out shoot me every day, and hes a good teacher, but I’ll wager im a better one.
Here are some of the near term things you can do:
- find a local trainer or coach. Get in their group class (for a less expensive look at how they train) or book a private lesson. Get some pro feedback on your current skills and what you need to improve.
- use that info to make a plan for your own training, book training time or range time and then do it.
- look at the USCCA on line courses and perhaps take those as a head start on your teacher training
- sign up for one of the USCCA live courses and take that to see what the training you will be conducting teaches. You’ll get some learning on your own skills while you’re in it, but take it for the chance to watch the teacher work too.
- sign up for one of the USCCA instructor courses if you think you’re ready to take on certifying as an instructor.
NRA also offers the same sorts of program, but personally I like the USCCA material better. Some folks like me are certified under both houses.
Finally, take some friends shooting, get them started, but really pay attention to communicating safety, and focus on setting them up for success, and making sure they’re having fun. Think about what they ask, what they do, what they have trouble with. Think about their experience of learning.
Theres lots more detail to look at, things around business of teaching, teaching skills, getting the stuff a teacher requires, getting students, etc. Let me know if you want to talk about those now
Let me know if that gets to what you’re interested in or if I haven’t answered your questions.