I love teaching and passing on the knowledge I have acquired from decades of work in the firearms business. I am very mellow, and believe that students learn better when spoken to in a calm, relaxed manner. I believe that women should make thier own choices in firearms, after they have had training and have done their own research. Knowledge is POWER!
Watching the expressions of my students when they hit their first bullseye...
I am a complete novice at firing pistols and I hired Derek to teach me safety and how to fire the weapon. He was on time for the lesson and we spent about an hour reviewing all aspects of my Glock 17. I learned how to load the magazine, stance, aim, and most importantly how to use it safely. We did this without any bullets in order that I was completely safe and proficient. We then spent about two hours of actual target practice. We reviewed my results after firing the complete magazine in order to analyze my results. He informed me how to correct my misses after each round. We fired about 8 magazines total and my results continued to improve after each round. During the round he would often stop me to correct my hands, stance, etc. At all times Derek was very informative and professional during the session. I would certainly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their skills.
I had a three hour basic pistol class with Derek, he was very informative and professional. I really enjoyed my class and would recommend him if your looking for a knowledgeable professional to teach you.
I had never really shot before and Derek Ringley gave me very thorough instruction before I even shot the gun. His instruction made it so that my first shot was a hair away from the X at dead center. Spectacular instruction. Told me how to hold my body position, where to focus, even how to breathe. Very supportive.
I typically sit down with them and ask what their real goal is. Is it to pass the License to Carry Exam, is it to feel more confident with a firearm, or is it for self-defense? Once I know these goals, I evaluate their current skill level and design a curriculum for them. Students learn at a different pace, so I customize the classes for them.
30 Years in firearms / Instruction
Owned / Operated 6 Gun Ranges
Prior Military (Instructor)
Typically $50 per hour
I have worked with couples, groups, security companies, and of course individuals. I prefer teaching women becuse they tend to be better students. Thats not saying I dont have great male students, but women seem to have clean slate. aside from some bad ahbits they might pick up form the past, they are just a hoot to work with.
This is arguably one of the most personal decisions you might ever make, as it affects you, your family, and other people around you if "God forbid" you ever have to use your sidearm. Choose someone who you have a strong comfort level with. There are tons of instructors, and if you took a class from all of them you would take away bits of useful information from all of them (sometimes large bits, sometimes little bits), but all have something to teach you.
What is your purpose for learning how to shoot?
Is it for personal protection?
Is it for passing the License to Carry Class?
Where do you want to carry it, or is it just for the home?