Instructor Development Course Pistol/Rifle Combo May

Course Description

For more than three decades Clint Smith has been teaching firearms to students from all professions from civilian to law enforcement to military.  In his own career of teaching he has taught in various capacities while a Marine, LE Officer, working for other training companies and running his own company for the last 35 years.  This course contains Clint's philosophy of teaching not just the HOW but the WHY with Logic at all times.  Course will include breakdown of fundamentals, safety, marksmanship, drills, manipulation, tactics, room search, and student critiques. Students will teach range blocks of instructions of given course material.  Recommended for both new and current instructors.

  • Necessary Equipment
  • Pistol with solid holster and 4 magazines minimum and pouches
  • Rifle with solid sling and 4 magazine minimum and pouches
  • 250 Rifle  250 Pistol  Lead Free or Frangible ammunition
  • Safety and protective gear
  • Note taking material
  • An open mind

All Tuitions for Courses and Tutorials are to be paid in full at the time of registration. Please be sure of the class you want. There are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS.

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Instructor Development Course Pistol/Rifle Combo May

May 24, 2018 8:00 am
May 26, 2018 4:00 pm
Thunder Ranch Oregon 96747, Hwy 140 East, Lakeview, OR, 97630   View map
Rated 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
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4 reviews for Instructor Development Course Pistol/Rifle Combo May

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    There is no one that teaches like Clint, and very few environments like Thunder Ranch. Not just because of his unique and entertaining delivery, but because he is one of the few that speaks from personal experience, not just reading about it. There are very few Teachers of Weapons Craft that have Military combat experience, LEO, and four plus decades of teaching Weapons Craft to everyone from first time shooters, to Operators.

    I think it important for anyone who is considering attending this class to clearly understand that it is an Instructor, better yet, Teacher, class. As such the round count is intentionally lower than most classes. If your looking for a high round count, run and gun class this is not, nor is intended to be, it.

    Teaching teachers the What, Why and How – and WHY it is SO important to teach this to students cannot be understated. The IDC class excels at this.

    The class content was extremely well thought out and delivered in digestible layers, one building on the last, culminating in 3 days of extensive of Instructor Training.

    Once again the intention of delivering a very thorough syllabus was obvious in every segment of the class. However I feel the time spent running through the shoot house could have been shorter, or potentially skipped, as very few have the resources to build one, and even fewer have any business teaching tactics. A fact that was clearly stated by Clint during the class.

    To be a good teacher, one must always be a student and though there are other great schools in the U.S., there is only one Thunder Ranch and only one team like Clint & Heidi Smith.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    The course was productive for me. I gleaned a few tips and suggestions to become a better instructor. I think for future classes a bit less shooting and more individual drill running and range control would benefit attendees. i.e. Each student will perform several verbal/physical demonstrations in range safety, range commands, drawing instruction, malfunctions, shooting errors/correction, proper loading/reloading, equipment check and a brief emergency reaction drill. These drills should be critiqued by staff instructors and repeated until the student has more confidence and perfect delivery of said information. Handouts were quite helpful. A list of suppliers ( targets, first aid kits, audio equipment, insurance suppliers, types of background checks, etc) would be helpful in getting the right gear to potential school instructors. Price was affordable and anyone interested in becoming a better instructor would be well advised to get on board.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin McCarthy

    This was a great course and I highly recommend it to all who are looking to be instructors, or looking to build and / or improve upon their instruction / curriculum. I will be back for other courses!

    Thank you Clint, Heidi, Roger and Shaun. You guys did a fantastic job!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott V.

    This was my first time taking a class at Thunder Ranch and I was not disappointed. If you’re looking to teach firearms, you owe it to yourself to take this course. Clint and Heidi are incredible people and run a fantastic school. Their staff are top notch as well as the facilities. I highly recommend this class!

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