Best Handgun Training
About the Firearms Instructors
John Taylor (J.T.)
John has a passion to educate as many students as possible of proper firearms storage, safety and
As Chief Firearms Instructor, John was introduced to the sport of target shooting at the age
of 11. He was raised with aggressive gun safety and shooting skills. After attending the P.O.S.T. Police
Academy, John became a Life Member, and then a recruiter with the National Rifle Association.
For over 30 years, he has enjoyed and participated in the many sports of shooting activities.
Beyond teaching his professional academies and instructions, John had the privilege of teaching many friends,
family members, associates and colleagues to shoot safely and skillfully.
Prior to obtaining professional licensing and certification, over the years, John had observed both
carelessness and negligence with persons at public ranges. This boils down to simply one thing.... The lack of the
proper training required to shoot safely and skillfully. All of us have heard of gun "accidents" close to home, and
it is John's personal agenda to inform and educate as many people as possible, to avoid these kind of "accidental"
shootings (either negligence or carelessness), injuries or fatalities.
John is a Certified Instructor with the National Rifle Association, including Chief Range
Safety Officer, Basic Pistol and Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside The Home, Personal Protection Outside the
Home, Home Firearms Safety and the "Refuse To Be A Victim
He is a CCW Instructor for the State of Utah, certified
through the Bureau of Criminal Identification. He currently instructs CCW training for up to 38
"Shall-Issue" states, various NRA programs and disciplines, as well as the state of Utah. He is also certified
to instruct for the following local Northern CA counties: Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, El Dorado, Sacramento,
San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba.
Currently certified through the CA Department of Justice (DOJ)
as a Firearms Instructor, John offers FSC tests and certifications (Firearms Safety Certificates which
are required to purchase or transfer a firearm within the State of California).
John is a member of the International Association of Law
Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the National Rifle Association, the California Rangemasters Association,
the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, and the Lincoln Rifle
John has worked for various agencies within the State of CA,
such as the CDF (Cal-Fire), Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. John also has
extensive experience in other positions such as Security/Loss Prevention, Firefighter/EMT, Retail Management,
and he also served a four year term as an elected City Council Member of the City of Grass
John is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and continues to
help sellers and buyers, working out of his real estate office (Lincoln Group Real Estate) located in Lincoln,
John enjoys and loves what he does - Firearms Safety
and Training, NRA Courses, CCW courses, and of course.....Target and tactical training and shooting!! He
typically instructs over 2,000 students per year with Best Handgun Training.
John has undergone extensive local, state and federal
background checks with various agencies. John personally conducts background checks on any Instructor
affiliated with Best Handgun Training, and all Instructors must undergo and pass an extensive background
check before becoming a Certified Instructor with Best Handgun Training. Most of our instructors are retired
Law Enforcement Range Masters, and all are NRA certified (or were POST certified).
Mike is a retired Correctional Sergeant for the California Dept.
of Corrections, where he worked for 27 years and has been a CDCR Range Master since 1998. During his career he was
assigned as the Range Master at Folsom State Prison/California State Prison, Sacramento for six
Mike has an extensive knowledge of firearms and shooting techniques gained from a lifetime of
being involved in the shooting sports. Mike has shot competitively in numerous disciples with all manner of
Since his retirement, Mike enjoys sharing his knowledge formally through the Basic Pistol
classes, and on an informal basis with family, including his grandchildren, and friends. Mike has a passion
for teaching education, safety and marksmanship with firearms. He typically instructs over 1,000 students per
year with Best Handgun Training.
Mike has undergone extensive local, state and
federal background checks.
Some of his training certifications are:
NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer
FBI Certified Range Master
CDCR Range Master
Department of Justice Handgun Safety Certified Instructor
Paul is a local, active law enforcement officer with over 12 years experience in the
field, and is SWAT trained, as well as an active law enforcement firearms instructor. He enjoys all types
of firearms training, and offers an advanced CCW tactical training course. Paul currently offers this advanced
CCW tactical course with Best Handgun Training, approximately once a month. Paul is extremely safety oriented,
and maintains a safe environment and range at all times. He enjoys instructing others with firearms as a
hobby, and finds it very rewarding and satisfying. Paul has undergone extensive local, state and federal
Terry is a retired law enforcement Range Master, with the CA Department of Corrections.
He is an NRA certified instructor in several disciplines. Terry loves instructing, and teaching others to shoot. He
is very safety oriented, and maintains a safe range at all times. Terry volunteers a great deal of time with youth
groups, instilling handgun safety/storage and marksmanship. Terry has undergone extensive local, state and federal