Got my instructor certs the other day.
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A few months ago, after I got out of the Marines, I decided that I was going to use my training funds this year to get some NRA instructor certifications, including basic pistol, which allows me to teach Ohio CHL classes, and rifle, because well, I like rifles. A few major points went into this decision. First is that my old platoon and company would refer to me as "Old Man Knowledge" I was on average 3-4 years older than my peers, and had a pretty solid base. It wasn't unusual for my platoon sgt. or lieutenant to go "Buckeye, we need to kill and hour, go talk to the new guys about threat weapons (or IED composition and detection, or tactics, or friendly weapon systems, or land nav, or a lot of other stuff)." So I discovered that I actually enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and seeing it make a difference. I like to think I made a difference in helping keep my fellow Marines alive on their deployments, by sharing as much of what I knew with them.
The next point is that I want to help others enjoy shooting as much as I do, and I want them to do it in a safe manner, because unsafe gun owners are a danger to everyone, both physically, and politically. My theory has always been, if you have a brand new shooter and introduce them to shooting correctly, one of two things happens. Either they enjoy shooting, and continue doing so in a safe manner, adding another law abiding gun owner to the fold. Or at least some of the taboo associated with guns is removed, and they now know how to safely handle a gun, even if they choose not to. Either one is better in my eyes than someone completely uneducated and uncomfortable around guns.
And the third point is that to really continue my shooting hobby at a level I want, I need some way to make some extra cash, aside from my new career. And I figured I talk about guns a lot anyway, and like being at the shooting range, so if I am going to pick up a second job, I might as well do that.
So, I am pretty excited about doing this. I still have some stuff on the business side to take care of before I start instructing, but I did get my shiny certificate and card the other day, so I thought I would share.