2019 N.A.P.S.I. Instructor Development Workshop - June 13 - 16!  Click HERE for details!

N.A.P.S.I. Founding Member:
Chris Shoffner


Additionally, he dedicates hundreds of hours each year to his own research in the areas of self-defense encounters and violent crime, as well as the physiological and psychological reactions of the human body to the severe stress associated with violent encounters. Consistent with his belief that one of the best ways to learn and solidify knowledge is by teaching, he is dedicated to helping students learn and develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to become safe, confident, and proficient in their use of firearms, tactics, and less-than-lethal methods as they apply to protection of self and family.

Chris has written and had published numerous articles for the Missouri CCW Instructors website as well as several other firearms/self-defense related websites. He also writes for the N.A.P.S.I. web blog as time allows.

Chris has completed hundreds of hours of formal self-defense, firearms, counter-ambush, mindset, less-than-lethal, and Missouri P.O.S.T. (law enforcement) Approved firearms training from numerous Instructors, Training Counselors, and Accredited Schools, in addition to over 65 hours of Force-on-Force training. He expends several thousand rounds of ammunition each year in his own practice and strives to take at least two new training courses each year to further his own knowledge base and skill level.

Chris's Certifications Include:

NRA Pistol Instructor
NRA Shotgun Instructor
NRA Personal Protection In the Home Instructor
NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor (Defensive Pistol)
NRA Training Counselor
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
TASER International Certified Civilian Trainer (expired)
Missouri Approved Concealed Weapons Instructor
N.A.P.S.I. Approved Advanced Defensive Pistol Instructor
N.A.P.S.I. Approved Senior Instructor Trainer

Additional Training Summary:

Warrior Science Group (Lt. Col. Dave Grossman) – “Bulletproof Mind”
I.C.E. Training Company (Rob Pincus) – “Counter Ambush”
Gauntlet Professional Services (Jeff Dill) – “2-day Tactical Pistol”
Efficient Combat Training (Chris Ishmael) – “Combat Focus Shooting”
Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors (Rob Pincus) – “Intuitive Sighted Fire Instructor Development”
Martial Arms Tactical (Steve Collins) – “Vehicle Gunfighting” (four time graduate)
American Heart Association - "Adult, Child, & Infant CPR, First Aid, and AED"
Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors (Rob Pincus) – "Becoming a Defensive Shooting Instructor"
Suarez International (Steve Collins) - "CRG4 Force of Force Gunfighting Skills" (four time graduate)

Suarez International (Steve Collins) - "HITS8 Defensive Knife"
Suarez International (Steve Collins) - "SGF1 Defensive Shotgun"

Emergency First Response Corp. (Sheriff Chris Heitman) - "Primary and Secondary Care CPR/AED/First Aid Adult/Child/Infant"

ShivWorks (Craig Douglas) - "ECQC Extreme Close Quarters Concepts"

No Soft Targets (Josh Gideon) - "Place of Worship Risk Management"

Professional Affiliations:

NRA Life Member
MSSA (Missouri Sport Shooting Association) Individual Member
MSSA (Missouri Sport Shooting Association) Affiliate Member
Member MSSA Board of Directors

Team Member - Missouri Carry (www.missouricarry.com)
ADSI (Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors) Associate Member
N.A.P.S.I. (National Association of Professional Shooting Instructors) Founding Member

Chris is co-owner/operator of Armed Missouri, Inc, a full service training company located in Central Missouri.  He logs hundreds of teaching hours and provides training to approximately 300 civilian and professional clients each year.  Chris is the lead curriculum developer/writer for AMI and specializes in Instructor Development and defensive handgun program development.

Over the years, Chris has worked hard to establish and maintain working relationships with a network of professional self-defense trainers from around the country, which helps him stay up-to-date with new information and training protocols as well as providing exposure to a wide range of disciplines and thought processes.