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"One is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano.
There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." Col. Jeff Cooper

If you own firearms it is your responsibility to learn to use them safely and skillfully.  That is the NRA's mission and that's what I stress in my classes.  But first, you'll need to determine your experience level to determine which class best fits your experience.

Here's a quick reference to determine which class you should take:

bulletExperienced:  If you're experienced and knowledgeable with firearms, then the NRA FIRST STEPS Pistol Class or a Florida CWP class is all you need
bulletMinimal or it's been a long time:  Take the NRA Basic Pistol class.  Trust me, you'll be thankful you took the time to learn.
bulletNovice: Take the NRA Basic Pistol class plus additional training by an experienced NRA Instructor if needed
bulletWant to become an NRA Instructor: Take our BIT & Basic Pistol class - Book it now!

My specialty is bringing my training class to you!  I noticed that there are many 'instructors' who truly don't train students on the skills, knowledge and attitude on how to handle firearms.  Handling them with safety, accessibility & concealment are key components of my training.  I also didn't want to 'tie' myself down to a range that has restrictions on how I would properly train people safely.  Therefore, I developed a combination CWP & basic pistol training class where I can train in just about any location.  We can do the classroom training convenient to you and then go to a local range for qualifying.  All that's needed is a minimum of four (4) students and I'll gladly train at your location.

For more information please email me at

John Bottomley
NRA Certified Instructor & Training Counselor
Chief Range Safety Officer
Tampa, FL
(813) 787-7120



'I can tell you the probability of needing a firearm is remote, but it's more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.'
- Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County, FL




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