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Firearms Training- follow-on to the tidal wave versus the dripping faucet

July 21, 2018

I wrote about the shortcomings of traditional weekend firearms classes. The comments brought me two instructors who invented their own significant improvements over the standard curriculum. Thank you and them for responding. Here is what I’ve learned.

Roger Temple goes first.

Who are you? Where do you teach and how long have you been there?

I’m Roger E. Temple and I started Sheepdog Firearm Training LLC seven years ago. I teach in southeast Pennsylvania. I’m a certified NRA Pistol Instructor and Associate Instructor for the USCCA.

How are your methods different than most training courses?

I teach a customized class at my students’ homes or offices. We meet weekly or whenever they can schedule an appointment. I teach from one to four students in each lesson, and charge a simple hourly fee plus expenses.

I teach introduction to defensive pistolcraft, basic marksmanship, home defense and armed/unarmed personal self-defense. I test each student and then place them into the appropriate curriculum so they don’t waste time and money on material they already know.

I bring a portable computer/screen for the classroom portion of the class. I also provide snap caps, airsoft guns with a portable backstop, and laser cartridges for real guns.

Because most of the instruction is indoors, we have class all year long independent of the weather and time of day. This way the students get lots of hands-on practice at home before we go to a shooting range and shoot with live ammunition. This is a very safe way to learn.

By using firearm simulators, I’m able to safely teach armed self-defense that my students couldn’t learn at a static range. I teach them how to move and shoot, shoot from behind barricades, shoot multiple bad guys, threat assessment, draw and fire, low light shooting, Force-on-Force, etc.

Once the students become proficient and safe with the simulators, then we apply these lessons using live ammo at an outdoor range. I also teach Force-on-Force using airsoft guns so the students can apply what they’ve learned in real-life scenarios.

Where did these ideas come from?

I didn’t have the money for my own training facility so I used the music lesson model.

Have you made money teaching this way?

The number of students goes up and down. New students are referred to me by local gun shops and my old students.

Do you train instructors?

Not yet, but I’d be glad to pass on what I’ve learned.

Where can we learn more about you?

Contact me at



Beau Doboszenski also responded.

Who are you? Where do you teach and how long have you been there?

I’m Beau Doboszenski and I own Defensive Mindset Training. The company used to be called Sealed Mindset Training. I’ve taught there for 10 years.

How are your methods different than most training courses?

Most training systems throw a lot of information at you over a weekend. We teach a 90 minute course every week. We teach the same way you would learn at a martial arts gym. This allows your brain to process and retain the information from each class.

We use a lot of dry practice.  Students progress through simulated firearms, live fire, and finally to simulated force-on-force scenarios.

We teach defensive handgun, defensive rifle, and custom classes. Our students test the same way they would in a belt-test in judo or karate. To reach the Advanced level they need 3 shots on target from full concealment in 2.5 seconds. Our students usually deliver about 6 tenths of a second faster than that.

We also test them in scenarios so their training will be effective in a real-life situation.

Where did these ideas come from?

Dustin Salomon and Larry Yatch found that the traditional training methods were not very effective. They came up with the new curriculum. I’m their first instructor. I worked with their notes on adult learning theory, neurology, and the physiological response to stress. This led me to the martial arts method for teaching armed defense.

Have you made money teaching this way?

Yes, just like a martial arts gym does. We have a committed membership that comes in regularly. The key is helping prospective clients see how this method produces significantly better results than traditional methods.

Do you train instructors?

Yes, but it is a slow process. I can’t make a new shooter overnight. I can’t make a new instructor overnight either. Our instructors are great at identifying and correcting errors in the students’ techniques.

Where can we learn more about you?

My website is We’re also on instagram, Facebook and Youtube.


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2018 2:52 pm

    That is the kind of training I could believe in and should have been happening years ago!

    Liked by 1 person


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