Carson Guns and Training
A Carson family, owned and operated business!


Owner, operator, and Primary Instructor Randall Brooks is a Certified NRA Training Counselor. He is also a NRA Instructor & Chief Range Safety Officer, NV & CA Approved CCW / CFP Instructor, IALEFI Master Instructor Graduate, CA DOJ Certified Firearms Instructor, NV PILB Approved (CFI) Certified Firearms Instructor.

• Randall started in the firearms industry in the 1990’s selling handguns, then transitioned to working as a Range Master and instructor at a indoor shooting range in Sparks, NV. He later joined the Sparks Constables office as a sworn peace officer. In addition to his normal duties, he was also the Range Master & Firearms Instructor. When the department closed in 1998, Randall returned to the private sector.

• Recognizing a need for highly qualified and safe firearms instructor in the Carson City area, Randall started Advanced Firearms Training & Consulting in 2012. With more than two decades of firearms training experience, Randall brings a well rounded approach to firearms instruction. Randall has designed and conducted training courses for shooters of all levels, including children, teens and adults, Civilian, Military, and Law Enforcement Officers. Having been a CCW permit holder since 1996, Randall uses his unique background to tailor his training from a civilian perspective.

• In all training events, Randall ensures his students are first and foremost, comfortable and safe with their chosen firearm.

“If you are not safe / comfortable swinging a hammer at a nail you can easily smash your thumb, if you are not safe / comfortable with your firearm much worse can happen. Train with me to be comfortable with your firearm. My class sizes are limited so my students get my full attention. You won’t be just a number in my class.

I truly feel it is everyone’s responsibility to be safe around firearms. If you are going to own, posses or use a firearm be sure to get the proper training. You don’t just get to buy a car and start driving without someone showing you how to put the gas in and operate it safely, why would you not get proper training for a firearm?”

Randall is also a Certified Glock Armorer.

Jennifer, is Randy’s wife, she is responsible for all of the behind the scenes work that goes along with owning, operating, and running a retail business. Jennifer has about 20 years experience in retail,11 of those years in a retail firearms sales. That being said Jenn is not all about the gun, she is however all about making sure everyone gets a great experience while visiting our store.

Sierra is Randy’s Daughter. She is a normal active 12 year girl, who likes getting her nails done & wearing dress, but also loves shooting. So much so she is now shooting IDPA (Glock 17 MOS – with green dot Optic) and not doing to bad at it. She hopes to improve her shooting and get a college scholarship. Thankfully she is currently in 7th grade, so we have a little time for that. Sierra has been helping in the store since before we opened the door at this location in 2016 and has been working part-time in the store all summer. She answers the phones, gets our customers setup for classes, and is great at running the Point of Sale Computer system.

Associate Instructors & Store Staff

John, has been with Carson Guns since we opened our current location back in 2016. He is currently the President of NNIDPA (Norther Nevada International Defensive Pistol Association), and a member for 12 years. In addition, John is certified as an IDPA Safety Officer. He is also currently Certified as a NRA Pistol Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and Lifetime Member.

Our newest team member is Carson City local AJ Hitch. AJ is a professional shooter and has competed in competitive shooting competitions all over the United States and will be traveling internationally this fall to compete in Thailand. Current Disciplines:
IDPA – ESP Sharpshooter
USPSA – C Class Single Stack
USPSA- B Class Open
USPSA – C Class Limited
3 Gun Nation – High Marksman
Man on Man Steel
Active 3 gun competitor in USPSA, IDPA and 3 Gun Nation
Active Precision Rifle competitor

Don Q. comes to us with 30 years of firearms experience and is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. He has been teaching our Pistol Orientation course for some time now. He loves helping everyone overcome the nervousness of being a first time gun handler. Don is great at helping those who are new to firearms learn the fundamental rules to firearm safety. Students spend lots of time in the classroom with him getting comfortable with both revolvers and semi-auto handguns.

We are in the process of listing all of our associate instructors on the website. Be sure to check be to see who you might know.