Semper Firearms Training






Why choose Semper Firearms Training?

The detailed answer:

You will receive patient instruction and individual attention from mature, experienced instructors who really care about you.

We teach with a friendly, comfortable style, without pressure.  Students receive positive feedback,  not criticism. We will never ask you to perform something that we ourselves cannot do.  We seek excellence, not perfection.

We are dedicated to providing you the very best instruction for your money. Check our prices! No one can match the value we offer.  We are neither the most expensive nor the cheapest school. Our prices are where they should be, in order to be competitive. 

You will shoot on a clean, safe shooting range, specifically designed for that purpose,  not in a desert junkyard.  This is very advantageous for you because it is much safer when the downrange area is free of dangerous, splattering debris and shrapnel from ricochets.

We truly enjoy getting to know our students, and that feeling is mutual.  We promise you an energizing, positive, rewarding experience.   Read our testimonials section.

On the firing line you will be under the watchful eye of mature, trained instructors who have a 100%  perfect safety record and intend to keep it that way.  We are firm, but fair.  All instructors are certified range safety officers (RSO), and in case of the unthinkable, we carry full liability insurance.

We strive diligently to bring you up-to-date information and training techniques.  When we're not on the range, in the classroom, or attending to business matters, we are immersed in all manner of media related to guns, ammo, gear, and training subjects.

We are full-time firearms instructors, not weekend hobbyists.  We  are dedicated to this one profession.   In other words, it is what we do and who we are, and we love it!  Ask others what they do when they are not teaching a class - you may be surprised.

Your phone calls, texts, and emails are answered in a timely manner, seven (7) days a week.  If you get our voice mail during business hours,  we are probably in the classroom, on the range, or on the road, or maybe out of cell phone range.  We promise that your calls and emails will be returned as soon as possible.

The owner is a Marine veteran and is proud to have served. We understand and respect that there are significant differences between the military (offensive)  and the civilian  (defensive) mindset, and we teach our civilian courses accordingly.

We are humble enough to state that we are not omniscient on all matters in the gun world. We, too, are "students" in this world, and believe that continuing education is crucial to one's development.  Yes, we have opinions, but we strive to separate opinion from fact.

We enjoy different opinions, ideas, and viewpoints. Let's hear it!  We enjoy an exchange of diverse thoughts in the classroom, or seeing a different technique on the range, so long as it is safe.

We always have time to listen to you. We are created with two ears and one mouth, and we like to use them in that same proportion.  Besides, after a lecture, we would much rather rest our jaws and exercise our ears.

What we are not and what we don't do: 

  • We do NOT run a production-style, training certificate mill out of a big box store.

  • We do NOT put pressure on you to buy guns and equipment like some instructors working out of gun stores. You came here to learn, not to be subjected to sales pitches and promotions.

  • We are NOT braggarts or hyper-macho Rambo types. "Well-mannered, educated, and professional" describe our instructors' attributes.

  • We do NOT present rote, monotonous lessons. While the core material remains constant, the presentation in each class is ever-evolving. The interaction with new and unique students keeps each class fresh and interesting.

 Former students have left tremendous, positive feedback that you can read in this next section:

Meet Your Instructor:

John Glatthar

  • NRA certified pistol instructor

  • NRA certified shotgun instructor

  • NRA certified rifle instructor

  • NRA certified Range Safety Officer

  • NRA certified Home Firearms Safety Instructor

  • Nevada PILB - certified firearms instructor (CFI) for armed security guards

  • Nevada State - approved CCW instructor

  • Nevada State CCW permit holder

  • Glock® certified armorer

  • Utah non-resident concealed weapon permit holder

  • United States Marine Corps Expert Rated Rifle and Pistol Shooter

  • Experienced in shooting firearms for more than 50 years

  • Life Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)

  • Life Member, Gun Owners of America (GOA)

  • Member, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

  • Member, Oath Keepers

  • Member and Web Sergeant, Marine Corps League Detachment 672

  • American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid Certified

  • American Heart Association Heartsaver®  CPR/AED Certified






Semper Firearms Training
9732 Pyramid Hwy #409
Sparks, NV 89441
9 am to 7 pm Seven Days a Week
We are a training school, not a retail store

Images courtesy of Oleg Volk