I'm a 20 year military veteran who fired expert on the .38 revolver and M16 rifle but I've never owned my own firearm. The AOP pistol course not only improved my pistol skills, but more importantly, I actually understand the rules & great responsibilities of firearm ownership and am less than a month from purchasing a pistol with confidence. The instructor clearly has tons of experience (he and wife are marines...of course they do) and is definitely a subject matter expert in the truest since of the phrase. And yet, the training environment is homey and inviting (it's actually their home), and I couldn't have asked for better course to recommend for my wife and my brother and his wife to take. To top it all off, I accompanied them free of charge and received a referral fee which I didn't see coming. Shoot (pun intended), I would of gladly paid a refresher fee but getting one is a whole lot better!!!
My wife and I took the NRA Pistol Instructor course from Dwayne Chaney a few years ago. He is one top-notch squared away instructor. I would recommend taking any instructor class that he teaches as you will learn and become a better instructor for doing so.
Had a great time learning in the first step course. I feel more comfortable with shooting pistols and fee like I have the knowledge to be relaxed with my pistols technique and around guns.
My husband asked me if I would consider attending this NRA-certification class with him and I just could not disappoint him, so of course I said yes. I was really not thrilled about going because the year before we had attended a local handgun safety course and, although I learned the basics, I was still uncomfortable as I had little experience with handguns and especially because of the memory of a fatal accident that claimed the life of a dear family member. The local instructor taught his class as if everyone were familiar with the anatomy of handguns and understood the terminology. He also called out and purposefully humiliated students in front of the class, which embarrassed and irritated us all. In short, my previous instructor was completely unqualified to teach a class comprised of five women with relatively low levels of handgun experience.
As we travelled to this NRA class I tried to keep an open mind, but I was really dreading the day. Much to my surprise, our instructor Dwayne Chaney was engaging, positive, funny, very professional and an absolutely first-rate teacher! I left the class not only knowing all the safety rules and parts of a handgun, but also every aspect of the basics: the grip, the stance, aiming, trigger reset, and how and when to fire. I now know how to field strip and clean my own firearm, and I am a much better and more confident shot too! Dwayne didn't just tell us the information, he really taught us all that we needed to know to be safe and to have fun, and many more things that I had not known or thought about before.
Thank you Dwayne! The NRA has made an excellent investment in certifying you as an instructor and training counsellor! I am really glad that I decided to go to your class that day!
-- Lynn Radencic
This class was excellent and I’d highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about guns or shooting. Dwayne was an excellent instructor. He was knowledgeable about every aspect covered in the course and explained everything well and patiently until it was understood. Excellent class and an excellent instructor!
Outstanding course for anyone, but especially relevant for those with little or no experience with firearms. Dwayne's knowledge of the material along with his ability to instruct was apparent and represents another admirable aspect of the NRA.
We have done it and still doing it for our country and now it's time for us to do it for our communities.