Baxter Firearms Training

Baxter Firearms Training

5.0 (7)
Best of 2023
1 hire on
2 employees
4 years in business

About this pro

Mike is a competitive shooter, certified by both NRA and USCCA. This allows us to provide a broad range of courses to fit just about anybody's needs.

We provide family friendly gun safety and proficiency training. Our training is for those who have never touched a gun, or those looking to improve their proficiency.

We also have home defense seminars for those who just want to learn how to make their home safer.

We provide Concealed Carry training for Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties.

I really enjoy the piece of mind my personal and home defense training brings to families.  But more than anything, I love providing new shooters with the skill and confidence to really enjoy shooting.  I want you to really have fun shooting, so you'll want to do it more!

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Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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7 Reviews


  • Davis N.

    Very thorough and informative!

  • Anthony M.

    Very. Knowledgeable and experienced. He answered questions thoroughly and followed up with things after class.

  • Joey C.

    It was my first time to hold a gun with Mike Baxter as my instructor. I was nervous in the beginning but after our first session I feel confident that I will be a responsible gun owner because of the knowledge that I learned from him. He’s very detailed and patient to explain the safety and use of every gun whichever you prefer to own. In a single session, he let me used 22 caliber then a 9 mm then a 45 caliber and even his AR. It was a delightful experience and highly recommended to be trained by Mike.

  • Logan L.

    I have a high respect for Mike. He is knowledgeable and personable. I learned a lot from his firearm safety class, and he was always ready to answer any questions I have. I am more confident and comfortable using a firearm because of Mike.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I prefer to start with email and/or telephone discussion to assess your needs and establish a training plan that works for you.  Then, you are free to schedule classes with the confidence that you are getting the best training for your goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

While I am certified by both NRA and USCCA, I have been training shooters for over 20yrs. I started training new shooters when I was in the Army, WAYYYY back in 1987.  I also have a lot of experience training in a variety of other topics, and have won awards for communication and training.

I pride myself on patience and clarity when training anybody on a subject that is new to them

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Course prices are clearly stated on my website, but there is always wiggle room for those with special needs or special requests.

One on one, or private group training prices will be determined on a case by case bases.  To clarify a bit, the more people in your group, the less you will each pay.

Your initial assessment will always be free!

How did you get started teaching?

I have always enjoyed coaching and mentoring others.  I started as a student tutor in grade school. Then, I helped coach running in High School, followed by training new remedial shooters in the Army and Army National Guard.  Finally, I have been training friends and family for decades, until several people suggested I should do it professional.

So, I did an apprenticeship with one of the top USCCA instructors in the Sacramento area, and eventually started my own business.

What types of students have you worked with?

Kids, adults, soldiers and veterans.  I've worked with people of all ages, and from all walks of life. 

I have helped people overcome their fear of firearms.  I have helped shooters and veterans with disabilities to overcome physical issues.

I pride myself on patiently communicating at a level appropriate to my audience, no matter who that is. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I had a student who was terrified of guns.  She was in her late fifties and had physical problems that made walking and standing for long periods difficult.  

After several trips to a local range, we gradually worked her up to shooting a gun.  

Eventually, she overcame her base fear. Now she owns a gun and goes the to range at least every other month. She is working on becoming a quicker and more accurate.

I love when she texts me the picture of a target she's proud of!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Think "coach" or "mentor".  Interview each by phone or in person. If your personalities don't fit, try another.  If they do match, you're more likely to learn a lot and establish a relationship.  Anybody can teach you to point a gun at a target.  You should select someone you can trust to help you grow as a shooter; someone who will mentor safe technique that builds as you develop comfort and competence. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you eventually want to do with firearms?  Do you want to hunt? Have you thought about competition?  Do you just want to feel safer?  Can you accomplish your goal without a gun?  If so, can your instructor still help you reach that goal?

I offer home defense options that do not require guns…

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