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Nic has been involved in firearms training since he was thirteen years old. As a teenager, he would accompany his father to Missouri Hunter Education courses to provide logistical support. Much of his duties involved taking registration and distributing handouts but he was also frequently asked to demonstrate the operation of the various firearms during lesson presentations.
He became certified to teach Missouri Hunter Education in 2001 and, as a volunteer, he participated in several courses over the next few years. Then, in 2004 when Missouri's concealed carry law was in full effect, he began assisting his father with his concealed carry courses. Nic became NRA Pistol certified in early 2007.
Desiring to add to his knowledge and skillset, Nic obtained certification in NRA Personal Protection In the Home, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home and NRA Range Safety Officer in 2008.
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When the opportunity presented itself in 2010, he attended an NRA Training Counselor Workshop and received a recommendation upon its completion. He also received an upgrade to Chief Range Safety Officer at the same time.
With his new appointment as a training counselor came an increased demand for classes. That prompted his decision to allow his hunter education credentials to expire so he could focus on more hands-on and practical training.
In an effort to be better-rounded in his knowledge of firearms instruction, he took the steps necessary to acquire certifications as an instructor in NRA Shotgun and NRA Rifle in the first half of 2015.
Nic believes that the best instructors are perpetual students and should always strive to improve their own knowledge, skill and attitude. He makes a point to attend at least one class each year taught by another instructor in order to expand his knowledge and skills. He is also aware that teaching skills, like shooting skills, are a perishable skill and can only be maintained and improved through regular use.
Nic's students’ needs come second only to safety. He understands that a significant amount of trust is placed in him when a student spends his or her time and money on one of his courses. He holds himself to very high standards in knowledge, skill, attitude and ethics and conducts himself in accordance with those standards.
Nic's Certifications Include:
NRA Pistol Instructor
NRA Shotgun Instructor
NRA Rifle Instructor
NRA Personal Protection In the Home Instructor
NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor
NRA Training Counselor
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
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:
Gauntlet Professional Services (Jeff Dill) – “2-day Tactical Pistol”
Efficient Combat Training (Chris Ishmael) – “Combat Focus Shooting”
Martial Arms Tactical (Steve Collins) – “Vehicle Gunfighting” (four time graduate)
American Heart Association - "Adult, Child, & Infant CPR, First Aid, and AED"
Bloodborne Pathogens: CLMI Safety Training, 2014 - Present
Suarez International (Steve Collins) - "CRG4 Force of Force Gunfighting Skills" (three time graduate)
Suarez International (Steve Collins) - "HITS8 Defensive Knife"
Saurez International (Steve Collins) - "SGF1 Defensive Shotgun"
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