It may sound strange for a professional firearms instructor to say this, but I am adamantly opposed to laws that require, mandate, or force people to take a shooting class as a requirement to own a firearm. I am talking about simple ownership, not for CCW or professional armed guard purposes, which require state issued permits. Different subject there.
America has a lot of guns, and a lot of gun owners, yet we have so many untrained people. Why is that? There are several reasons, not the least of which is the fear of performing poorly in a public training class.
There are other factors as well. Do you own a gun, but perhaps hesitate to take a class to learn how to properly use it? Fear not, for there are some very good, patient instructors out there who genuinely want you succeed. No one wants a drill instructor who screams at you for your mistakes. Nor does anyone (especially women) want a hyper-macho Rambo who struts about in a testosterone fog. Sadly there are a few of those out there as well.
How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Read testimonials. Listen to word-of-mouth recommendations. Call the business owner and speak with the instructor directly. Sometimes they are one and the same. Is he polite? Does he listen to your concerns? Is he willing to work with you on a one-on-one basis at the range or are his classes so large that he cannot possibly spend time with you? Also be cautious about gun stores, for gun store clerks may or may not give you solid leads on quality instructors, as many have cozy relationships with instructors. While this is by no means unethical, it may not be unbiased intel you will be receiving.
Back to our original thoughts: What is stopping you from seeking out instruction? Some more thoughts here:
At Semper Firearms Training we encourage you to buy a good firearm, get trained in how to use it, get a Nevada CCW permit, and continue your firearms training as part of a defensive lifestyle.