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.
• 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.
• 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?”
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 13 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 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. She is hopeful to help again in early 2019, this time with even more students. She hopes to improve her shooting and get a college scholarship. Thankfully she is currently in 8th 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 also currently Certified as a NRA Pistol, Personal Protection inside & outside the home Instructor, Certified Range Safety Officer, and Lifetime NRA Member.
Don Q. comes to us with 30 years of firearms experience and is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. He teaches our Pistol Orientation course. 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 of firearm safety. Students spend lots of time in the classroom with him getting comfortable with both revolvers and semi-auto handguns. Students also love the live fire drills Don conducts at the Carson City Public Shooting Range on Sunday afternoons.