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Hey I've been doing my classes with students whom have been sent my way by current and former serving armed service members, and students who had previously taken my course. So I haven't been advertising. I've been doing twenty students a month and I still have large back-order(had to take three weeks off for law school exams), but now my summer vacation started so I want to take on doing forty students a month, clear up the back-orders and offer my services to the public at large. At the center of this I'll be offering free demonstration only courses at local public libraries for newbs, never-beens, and didn't-get-enough-from-that-other-CWP-class. With that I'll be putting up a website over the weekend and would appreciate any feedback that any of you could give on the written content for my website before it launches. Thanks ahead of time, if you want to send someone my way before the site launches let me know so I can see about some kind of discount or extra additional service as gratitude for sending them my way. Um prepare for a read.
Hello, and welcome. If you’ve found this webpage by some means other than google searching, googling, Firearms Instructor, CWP, concealed weapons permit, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Oviedo, Florida, then you likely met me at the gym, at a firing range, or saw me in my T-shirt advertising myself like a Nascar driver.
My name is David, and I’m an NRA certified basic pistol instructor, a law school student, Florida Native and locally I teach First Steps Pistol, a target shooting class. A lot folks who complete this class use it as their qualification to apply for their Concealed Weapons Permit ‘CWP’. You don’t have to take the local Gun Show class to apply for it or take a class offered at a gun shop, to apply for your CWP. Taking the class is one of the ways you can fulfill the requirement for application.
So how am I different from the local Gun Shows and Gun Shops. Well I’m not going to give too much away in the beginning. To complete the shooting portion of the class we’ll usually meet up at a range that is having a free day where folks don’t have to pay to shoot, and spend at least an hour getting the students through the shooting portion. I supply two .22lr pistols or more depending on the size of the class, and all the ammo and targets. We will certainly be shooting more than three rounds, and don’t worry about being a first time shooter. The focus of the shooting portion is on safe handling and conduct while at the range. Believe me, I’ve taught kindly widows in the seventies to shoot on target at twenty feet, we’ll likely have the luck of getting you to shoot on target as well. You’ll be learning the fundamentals of shooting so that afterwards you’ll be able to self-teach yourself using the fundamentals. Granted there is additional time as an option but that’s for later mention.
Besides offering to hang around for a bit after doing the shooting portion and checking people out on firearms they own, a lot of people have been buying guns they know little about other than what the guys at the gun counters have been telling them, trust me I’ve shot nearly everything there is in modern production and few classics that belong in museums. I also have a few guns to let you experience a small variety of the shooting experience with, mostly Tokarev pistols in 9mm and 7.62x25, a few Rugers, and so on and so on, it’s mostly based on what I feel like lugging to the range and having to clean afterwards. Granted if you want to shoot beyond .22lr there will be additional cash consideration required but that is something I only discuss during lectures.
So here’s how it works, I’m here to teach you the skills, knowledge, and attitude behind the safe handling and use of firearms for the purposes of shooting targets. I will actually work with you to turn you into a proficient shooter, that’s why I bring a great deal of .22lr with me lol. I have a great deal of knowledge to impart and I’m here to make sure the newest crops of gun owners are as armed with knowledge and safe habits as they are with their firearms.
For those who are unsure about the expense, or aren’t really sure about firearms, I do hold a ‘free demonstration only’ class, where you are welcome to show up. It is not the complete lecture and has additional bits of learning, like the history of handguns, politics of firearms and various other things I have learned. Check the schedule to see when I have one next. If you have already taken a CWP course and feel it was….lacking(I’ve got students who’ve taken the courses with other people and have found mine more fulfilling) you are welcome to take my course as well. If you have proof of having taken the a previous CWP, then contact me about a possible discount because I realize you’ve likely dropped anywhere from $100 and $150 (no my prices are not that high) and don’t feel like doing it again for the same results.

WHO AM I---“ join the many of us who know we have a right our Founding Fathers bled and died for, as safe and responsible firearm owners and sport enthusiasts.”
Well I’m a Florida born and raised native, going to be 25 years old this September of 2009. Been a local boy all my life fortunate enough to travel the world. I wasn’t per se brought up around guns, I started shooting .22lr rifles when I was ten for my birthday, Christmass, Hannukah, good report cards, really anytime my grandfather could sneak me off to go shooting. When I was twelve I started shooting revolvers in .38 special, and when I was fourteen I was handling .357 magnum and .44 Magnum. Didn’t get my hands on a semi-automatic till I was seventeen because my grandfather had found an old Browning Hi-Power 9mm he had stashed and forgot about some years before. I didn’t become a gun owner till I was twenty-one, thank God for uncles with gun collections who let me started shooting their guns when I turned eighteen.
But see here’s what happened. I’m twenty-one, got a fist full of cash I’ve been saving up since I was twelve, the usual pennies, dimes, and quarters most of us forget exist, ready to buy my first gun. And having been brought up to a lesser degree on guns I hadn’t been brought up on the ‘gun culture’, yeah seriously there is a gun culture and I never would have figured that in a million years but “30 Days” and “CNN” keep say there is one lol for some reason, must be a California of New York thing, just always figured owning a gun was as a natural and common as owning a car, both require mature and safe handling, and each can get you hurt if you are stupid with them. Well something I’ve found in the ‘gun culture’ is know-it-alls, now grant you I’m an info junkie and gear-head, that guy you sat next to high school who always had the answers in deafly quiet classrooms as students were praying to themselves not to be called on. Know-it-alls are a….strange breed, hell I’ve gotten plenty of students who are know-it-alls but seem to know or are able to do so little.
My first time to buy a gun the salesman tried to sell me a 1911 .45 Semi-automatic for nearly $900, yeah seriously, a sucker born every second right. When that didn’t work and I asked about an SKS rifle I got handed some garbage about how I would need a $1500 M14, and Marines this, and Navy Seals that, thank you I’ve shot a few myself. So yeah I didn’t buy a gun that day. Later on, my first gun was Ruger Security Six 4” which I much later trade/sold for a small profit, and regret, it was a great gun looking back, I just wanted the other guys S&W 640 and hundred cash (the gun was too hard on his hands he admitted) for a CWP gun. And from there I got the bug.
Since then I’ve learned from old hand shooters, NRA instructors, and a myriad of folks ranging from former IDF(Israeli Defense Force) soldiers who have retired to Miami, Marines, Green Berets, and law enforcement. And here’s what I have found out. There’s no real great mysticism to guns, like any kind of information, you just need to find it and find someone willing to share. I’ve been blessed to know gunsmiths, home-brewers building antique model firearms, and FFL transferors who have freely handed out knowledge, granted I’ve had to pay a time or two for it but the equity I got out of it was a great deal.
So simply enough that’s why I’m an instructor. I’m not some ‘Tack-ti-kool’ elitist sitting behind a gun counter, I’m not some CWP instructor who says he trains law enforcement and then hands you some pieces of papers with statutes on them along with a few war stories, has you fire one to three rounds and chucks you out. I’m an NRA Instructor and I take what I do seriously. These to me are scary times folks. Lots of people want to paint gun owners as nuts and weirdoes, blame societies problems on guns and not look at the reality facing them, and more than a few folks who for some strange and idiotic reason want to destroy an American tradition that has helped shape and building of this country (i.e. Samuel Colt, Shane McFinn, John ‘Mosses’ Browning, Alvin York, Audie Murphy, General Patton, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, John Madison, etc. etc. etc., it’s an incredibly long list). You are welcome at my free classes, and I urge you to take the paid class, and join the many of us who know we have a right our Founding Fathers bled and died for, as safe and responsible firearm owners and sport enthusiasts.

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Revolvers versus Semi-Automatics
Miss with six, miss with fourteen or more, the idea is to get you where you don’t miss. I’m a fan of revolvers admittedly. I find them being an exceptional platform for target shooting, as well in some cases, excellent concealed weapons for self-defense. But semi-automatics are certainly deserving their due as well, and can be great target shooters and concealed weapons for self-defense. And I own a good number of both and enjoy shooting both to a great degree. Semi-automatics do tend to offer a larger capacity as far as the ability to continually shoot.
But I’m a target shooter and I teach a target shooter class, and while I offer classes in semi-automatics after a student has completed the First Steps Pistol class, I prefer to do the qualification with revolvers. It’s been my observation that the simplicity of using the revolver tends to relax most students and allow them to focus on proficiently aiming on the target and punching nice little .22lr caliber holes at twenty feet. While revolvers don’t normally have safeties, a few do and are still enjoyable shooters, you must remember that the two cheapest and easiest safeties are ‘yourself’ and ‘an unloaded firearm.’ If you have ever seen “Blackhawk Down” there is a really brief scene where one of the Rangers holds up his trigger finger and says to an extent that that is his only safety. That’s why I teach people not to put their fingers inside the trigger guards when picking up a gun, loading the gun, or unloading the gun. Your finger, even inserted absentmindedly, can cause you or someone else a great deal of harm in a brief second of inattention, again that’s why focus in part on teaching safety.
So yeah, I tend to carry a snub-nose .357 magnum in my pocket(normally one in each pocket), and depending on the model, sometimes in a pocket-holsters, sometimes not, and I’ve been doing that for nearly four years now. I certainly don’t recommend it for reasons that we are litigious society and urge you to find your own safe and responsible means of carrying a concealed weapon, once you have your permit of course. There is a wide variety of ways to carry and I certainly urge you to look into them. Just because I’ve pocketed carried and not shot myself doesn’t mean you won’t, or that I won’t one day (though I doubt it for myself).
I also will at times carry a semi-automatic, depending on model, in my pocket, waist band(generally in a Inside Waist Band ‘IWB’) and the occasional shoulder holster. So there is wide world out there for you to explore, and I certainly urge exploring safely and responsibly, and making sure when your firearms is and is not loaded (it’s a good idea to practice with an unloaded firearm), and when your finger is definetly outside the trigger guard.
It all really comes down to what works for you. I know old hands who love their revolvers and wouldn’t trade them for the world, folks who think Glocks are the greatest thing since sliced bread (and yeah I love my little Glock 20 with a 6” slide and barrel for target shooting), and those folks who wouldn’t dare shoot any semi-automatic that wasn’t a 1911 semi-automatic. You have to find what will work for you, but that is the beauty of my class, because I’ll help you do that.
….and of course there is that silent majority of us who love shooting snub-nosed revolvers out to fifty yards.
Yeah if you are ever on a gun-board website and ask which is better “.357 magnum or .45 ACP”, prepare for the fireworks lol, I just find a figurative foxhole and pull out the popcorn. There are all kinds of folks with all kinds of opinions, and plenty of folks who declare that the 9mm Luger aka Nato (9x19) is the best round for all kinds of reasons. But this is a target shooting class so if you want to talk to me about calibers during class on a break period, feel free, I’ll fill your head with knowledge lol.
Seriously “MORE TO COME,” I’ve just got a habit of liking things in place before I offer them. It is my wish to eventually teach classes on how to shoot snub-nose revolvers for target shooting, Milsurp (Military Surplus) pistols of all kinds, Glocks, 1911s….there’s a great deal out there I can handle quite well lol. Mind you I will only teach the classes to those who have successfully, safely, and responsibly taken the previous First Steps Course.
Before you can do the shooting portion of the course you will need to have filled out the Release Waiver I have as part of the class. You can take the lecture portion one day, and wait to do the shooting portion till you are ready or time permits. Pregnant women have taken the course, at eight months oddly enough, waited till they were done breast feeding their babies and then done the shooting portion.
You need to be prepared to learn, be prepared to listen not just hear because I do reserve the right to boot you from the class and at my discretion reserve for myself up to twenty dollars from the fee you have paid when refunding you. I’m saying I have the right to kick you out of the class, if I feel you are not properly learning as you could be a danger to the class later, if you are being disruptive, and arrive late for the class. Those previous reasons are not exhaustive. You also need to have a valid driver’s license. You can be under 21 years of age and take the class, I’ve had twelve year olds but safe to say they weren’t getting their CWP. And you need to understand that taking the class does not automatically impart unto you the right to conceal a weapon on your person, the state has to issue that unto you and I don’t play a role in that other than supplying you with my NRA Instructor Number once you have completed the course and sending the necessary documents to the NRA for when the Department of Agriculture contacts them. If you have a criminal history you should not be taking this class, if you are a non-legal drug user (that includes non-prescribed pharmaceuticals) you should not be taking this class and I can kick you out if you smell like alcohol or appear high or under the influence, also if you have emotional problems or a history of emotional instability. I myself and an assistant who is generally a former armed member and sometimes a currently serving armed service member will be there to monitor you and you must consent to minor touchings (moving hands, shoulders, nothing inappropriate) as part of taking this course as physical instruction is part of this course. And also if you should do something unintentionally dangerous, or intentionally dangerous, understand either I or my assistant will be ‘touching’ you in the interest of protecting ourselves as well as the students who are present and other potential bystanders. By taking this class you accept those potential ‘touchings.’
And finally payment, I do not take cash for the lecture portion, please bring a money order. The kind you get at the post office or Western Union at either Publix or Wal-mart, so have you. For the shooting portion you can bring cash or a money order.
Remember, once you have successfully completed the course successfully, there will be opportunities for further instruction at later dates at either minimal cost or no cost to you depending on the conditions of the instruction required. Feel free to ask my competitors or folks who have taken other courses if they get a continual relationship with their instructors once they have taken the course.
The lecture portion is $55 dollars. The shooting portion is $25. You do not need your own firearm and .22lr ammunition and targets will be provided by me for class. If we are at a range offering a free a day that is one matter where you might not have to pay a fee to use the range. If you wish to do the shooting portion at a more convenient time, receive instruction at a range where you will have the option to rent firearms(rental of firearms by range is not tied to this class) and receive instruction on them once you have completed the course, or for one-on-one instruction there will likely be a fee to use the range, and depending further on details, an additional sum to the fee, feel free to ask for details. If you do the lecture portion one day and then the shooting portion with me at a free day at the range on another and only wish for the bare bones to shoot .22lr for qualification, it will run you $80.
This class does not give you credit for completing the course. It gives you a partial knowledge and insight into the class. Essentially a free sample to see if you want to pay to do more. You will not receive class materials to keep, and will not be able to partake in the shooting portion of the class or receive private instruction with only the ‘FREE DEMONSTRATION ONLY CLASS’. When you take the class you can opt to take the remaining portions at another time with full payment for the lecture. The class is held at a Public Library generally and I cannot sell services on the premises so if you wish to take the rest of the class afterwards you must either let me know ahead time or seek with the classes immediate end to complete the class.
Generally there is a coffee shop nearby where the rest of the course can be completed, granted I’ll expect an extra five dollars paid to me(which can be paid in cash) to patronize the store so they are not put out by us being there for an hour. I reserve the right to deal with up ten people in this manner and will do it with no fewer than three so please ask ahead time to coordinate with other potential clients, some exceptions can be made at my discretion regarding the fewest amount of people. You may opt to prepay for the whole class, meet at the library and then meet at a local coffee shop(of my choosing) to complete the lecture, for this you may pay by check but the check must clear ahead of time and that generally requires two to three days and you may pay up to a month ahead of the class.
If you are late I will not give you full credit for the class in regards to the lecture portion, if you show up late for the shooting portion you best call me to let me know so I can hang around and if you are more than half an hour late than you have to have an additional ten dollars with you to pay for a tardiness penalty for being late. If you are late for the lecture portion you will be required to come to a later course to make up what you missed, also if you have to leave early or an emergency arises you may attend the course for the missing portions at no additional cost, just additional time. And I will decide when you may make up the time. If you miss the class entirely, so long as I get a phone call the day before, or an email predating by three days, there will be no additional cost, but space to attend may be an issue and you may have to wait. If you do not call or e-mail, then you will be at my mercy for how long you have to wait to finish the course
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