Carson Guns and Training
A Carson family, owned and operated business!
Owner, operator, and Primary Instructor Randall Brooks is an NRA Appointed Training Counselor (this means he can train responsible individuals to be NRA Certified Instructors). He is also a Certified NRA Instructor in multiple disciplines, Chief Range Safety Officer, NV & CA Approved CCW / CFP Instructor, IALEFI Master Instructor Graduate, CA DOJ Certified Firearms Instructor, NV P.I.L.B. (Private Investigators Licensing Board) Approved C.F.I. (Certified Firearms Instructor), and Refuse To Be A Victim Regional Counselor. He also donates his time as a Volunteer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, teaching Hunters Education classes
• 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 their Range Master (Firearms Instructor). When the department closed in 1998, Randall returned to the private sector, specializing in financial crimes investigations.
• Recognizing a need for highly qualified, 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 our team to be comfortable with your firearm. Our class sizes are limited so my students get the full attention each one deserves. You won’t be just a number in our 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?”
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 more than 20 years experience in retail, 14 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 & Jennifer’s Daughter. She is a normal active 14 year girl, who likes getting her nails done & wearing dress, but also loves riding her quad, and shooting. She has participated in I.D.P.A. shooting matches with her Glock 17 MOS – with green dot SightMark Optic. Sierra is also a Junior Hunters Education Instructor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife – and really enjoys teaching Hunters Ed. She helped organize a Hunters Education class at her Middle school in early 2018 that had about 65 students in attendance. in 2019 she did it again. She is working on organizing her Hunters Ed class for 2020, and is hopeful this time to have even more students. She hopes to improve her shooting skills and get a college scholarship. Thankfully she is currently in 9th 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 . She answers the phones, gets our customers setup for classes, and is great at running the Point of Sale Computer system. She is also more than happy to show you any of the firearms we have for sale and to answer your questions, and when she is not sure of the answer, she will do the research and get you the correct answer.
Since opening as Advanced Firearms Training in Carson City Nevada back in 2012, we have taught a few classes. As of September 2019 we have taught 95 NRA Courses, 147 CCW Classes, 157 Introductory Firearms Classes, and almost 2800 students.
Our staff of instructors, teachers, and coaches continue to take classes so we can bring you the most current and up to date information.
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 more than 12 years. In addition, John is certified as an IDPA Safety Officer. He is currently Certified as a NRA Pistol, Personal Protection inside & outside the home Instructor, Certified Range Safety Officer, and Lifetime NRA Member.
John and Cat Orfield are both Range Safety Officers and Pistol Instructors Certified by the NRA. Together, they have taught and coached family and friends over the years. Now, through Carson Guns they have been given the the opportunity to share their experience and enthusiasm with the general public. John, a retired medic fireman, has been involved in the shooting sports since he was a child. He is a competitive shooter (USPSA and IDPA) and self-taught gun tinkerer. With his many years of practical experience, he is eager to pay it forward and share his passion for all things firearms related. John’s favorite student, Cat grew up in a family that did not own any firearms. Through John, she became interested in the shooting sports and loves the fun, challenge and camaraderie of competition shooting. She retired from teaching after 32 years and is excited to share her knowledge of shooting with people who are new to firearms, especially women. The Orfields volunteer their time with Carson Guns and see it as their Community Service. They want to give back to the sport and spread the enjoyment and accomplishment that the shooting sports can bring. Their goal is to help novice shooters become safe, knowledgeable and competent gun owners.