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Rangemaster AAR

Usually, I will start this off with a disclaimer about the segment you are preparing to read, but I’d like to start this post differently.

The following post will be an “After Action Review” (AAR) of my recent Rangemaster Instructor Certification course attendance. Before I dive into the review, I’d like to share a little about Rangemaster.

The Mission of Rangemaster

Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, LLC was formed with a single mission in mind: to provide good and decent citizens with the tools, physical abilities, and mental skills to protect themselves and their loved ones from society’s predators.

The History of Rangemaster

Rangemaster was founded by Tom Givens in 1996. It started as a 10-lane indoor range in Memphis, Tennessee. After 20 years of growth, the brick-and-mortar range was closed so Tom and his wife Lynn could focus more on itinerant training all over the country. Tom now travels almost every weekend to offer 35+ classes a year at ranges in dozens of states from coast to coast.

Now, the above was pulled directly from the following source (https://rangemaster.com/mission/).

The Real Deal Reason(s)

Disclaimer: I encourage anyone seeking out training for best practices and techniques with a firearm should always vet his or her instructor(s). Always make an informed decision before investing your money. How can this be done?

  • Reviews (Google, Social Media, Website, etc.)
  • AAR (After Action Reviews) from other students
  • Curriculum Purpose
  • Potential Student Goals (Your Goals)
  • Contact the Instructor

These are just a few steps you can take to ensure that you can get your money’s worth.

Speaking of ‘Money’s Worth’. I received just that after attending the 3-Day Rangemaster Intensive Instructor Certification course. The course was exactly as described in the emails before arriving on Friday to the wonderful Boondocks facility located in Raymond, MS.

Tom is an older gentleman, so you have to be sure to keep up with his pace. When he says move, you move. When he says stop, you stop. The whole reason for this is to ensure you stay on task the entire time you are there.

Day 1

The 1st day was like any first meeting with your instructor. You cover the policies of the company and the range. You complete waivers. You cover the expectations and goals for the event. You even go over what happens in an emergency. Tom spent a considerable amount of time laying the foundation, and I appreciated it as a current instructor. He made sure to cover every aspect of what we were there to do. The 1st day covered a lot of stuff you may already know, but Tom provides the context and the history of it all. He’s very knowledgeable about why we do a lot of the things that we do and have done with firearms.

Day 2

The 2nd day was intensive. We spent the majority of the day on the range covering different drills. It’s all about the reps and refining your skill set. If you’re a great shooter, then you should do well. If you are not, then you should do well if you listen.

Day 3

The 3rd day is the most intensive day. Why? Because it is qualification day. You will need to be proficient for both the range qualification and the written exam. I can say for me that I was nervous. Not because I was not prepared, but because I wanted so bad to succeed. You have to know that I care so much about those who choose me as their instructor that I was not just doing this for me. I’m doing this for every previous customer and student and those to come. Range Qualification = Success (95%) | Written Exam = Success (98.8%).

Takeaways

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend! I came in as a clean slate, and I can only encourage you to do the same. If you choose to attend, I encourage you to leave your ego at the door. Tom has been in this business probably longer than you’ve been alive. His knowledge supersedes his wisdom, so yeah, he’s nothing to play with.

  • Come ready to work. I mean, work.
  • Be on time and be ready to do what is asked of you.
  • Make sure your tools work. Bring only what you have reps with.
    • Never bring new guns to any class that has a qualification attached to it. That’s just performing malpractice.
  • If you are corrected, then apply it. You may see improvement immediately.
  • Study. study, study.

Lastly, I could write a whole book on the weekend, but I’d rather you research on your own and make an informed decision to attend. I can say all day long that it’s valuable, but you may not feel the same way. This is not a beginner’s course. This is a course designed for those who want to take being an instructor seriously.

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