Do you want something more personal?
We have amazing instructors here at SafeFire that don't just teach groups but also teach individuals. They all are amazing shots in their own right and have a bunch of experience to back it up. No matter if you have never shot before and are hesitant to take a class or if you are advanced and want someone to beef up your practice sessions, we've got you covered! These are appointment only instructions, so just send an email via the buttons below each instructor and let us know that you interested in setting up a time. Private lessons do not include a rental, ammo, or targets. Targets must be purchased from our facility.
Two people- $120/hour
Please Note: We want to be mindful of our instructors time so please give us 24 hour notice to cancel your appointment or you will be charged for that lesson.
Paul was a Deputy Sheriff with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for 27 years, during which he became a firearms instructor for police officers. Since his retirement, Paul has found his dream job at Safefire. He is passionate about teaching people how to shoot; from beginners who have never shot a gun, to experienced shooters who want to improve their skills. His goal for his students is for them to have fun shooting, and ensure they do it in a safe manner. He is also happy to help people find the right gun for them, which can lead to improving their shooting abilities and enjoyment of the sport. Paul competes in firearm competitions, and has set two world records. He has enjoyed traveling to Europe and Africa with his wife Peggy. Two of his favorite places are at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and on the Serengeti in Africa. Paul is a well rounded instructor and is great for people who are willing to learn anything and everything about shooting.
Paul is available: Friday through Tuesday, 11am - 6pm
Tim has been shooting for 42 years, starting with being on the high school rifle team. From there, he went on to achieve his expert marksman in the US Army & US Coast Guard. After the military, he continued as a police officer where he received the Top Shooter Award at the police academy. He loves to teach SafeFire's Handgun Essentials and teen classes as well as direct all of our competitions. He knows his stuff about being precise and making shots count under pressure. In addition to shooting, Tim loves woodworking. You can see some of his woodworking throughout the store and range including his sign for the gunsmith, holders for brochures, and so much more. Tim is great instructor for anyone, and he can turn a nervous shooter into a confident shooter.
Tim is available: Tuesday through Thursday, 11am - 7pm
With over 15 years of firearms experience, Amelie was lucky enough to have been introduced to the world of shooting at a young age. Since purchasing her first firearm of her own, her passion for shooting and building her marksmanship skills has blossomed. She has trained with Paul Prather of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (ret.), Glock Professional, and loves passing on the knowledge and experience she has accumulated. She has done a wonderful job at SafeFire so far and is definitely a great fit for anyone looking to get into shooting or advance their skills. In addition to her firearms expertise, Amelie is fluent in German and Mandarin.
Amelie is available: Saturday through Wednesday, all day
Rob is an instructor full of experience. Over 35 years of it to be correct. His experience started with the military as a US Army Field Artillery Officer in the mid 1980's, and then as a Camas Police Officer for 27 years. As a Camas Police Officer, Rob was one of their firearm instructors. He is also a NRA Certified handgun, shotgun, and rifle instructor. Rob loves to compete in smallbore benchrest and other such matches. He is an avid hand loader and just really enjoys shooting anything that goes bang! He loves to teach our intro to handgun course and bringing new people into the world of shooting. When he isn't at the range, he enjoys going bow hunting and hanging out with his wife.
Rob is available: Saturday and Sunday.
Cody has grown up around firearms in his family and goes out to shoot with them frequently. He has about eight years of professional experience with firearms as he joined the Navy as a military police officer. While he was there, Reeder was awarded expert pistol marksman. After the military, he has continued to train by himself as well as receiving training from the Washington State Patrol, and from the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Reeder has also attended classes by Garett Schwindel of Kagwerks. Cody loves teaching new shooters and children how to shoot. When he isn't here, he enjoys hanging out with his daughter and wife. Reeder will definitely make you feel comfortable and right at home here at SafeFire.
Cody is available: Friday through Monday, all day.
John has been shooting practically since he could walk! At the age of 3 he started learning the basics of marksmanship. From there, he moved up to small bore competitions and ended up going to national matches for service rifle. His training is fairly extensive with a military background and even training with Tim Kennedy, founder of Sheepdog Response, in classes addressing carbine and medical readiness. He really does love teaching beginners and the Intro to AR classes. If you have a rifle issue- he is definitely your guy! When he isn’t shooting, John loves to work out through martial arts or read a good book.
John is Available: Monday thru Friday 11-7pm (gone till June 12th)
With over 30 years of experience, starting with 24 years as an active duty Marine, Mike has developed and refined his rifle and pistol skills to a very high proficiency. Any time that he was not on duty during tours or at home, you would find Mike at the range. After retiring from the military, he competed in USPSA for a couple years. He then made sure he maintained his high proficiency by attending the Firearms Academy of Seattle, take courses, and gaining a mastered qualification every time. Mike loves to teach people, anyone who wants to learn, more about firearms. He is always a friendly face, and willing to help out customers to better their skills. Mike loves teaching brand new shooters, addressing whatever anxieties or fear they may have, and take that all away. He loves to see people grow in their confidence and competency in safe handling of firearms.
When Mike isn’t shooting, which is quite rare, he fosters kittens with his wife for the Southwest Washington Humane Society or goes sport kite flying. If you want to really laugh, just ask Mike about the mop bucket situation!
Mike is available: Thursdays - Mondays
Kent has had a very long experience with firearms, about 50 years to be exact. They have even landed him in jail! Of course he was correction & transport officer for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and not in as an inmate! Kent started shooting as a young teenager going on hunts for deer and elk. Once he was in high school he got into the Clark County Law Enforcement Explorer program and learned how to shoot handguns. After all that and his career as a corrections officer for CCSO, Kent enjoys giving back by teaching others how to shoot safely. He is currently a NRA certified rifle, handgun, and shotgun instructor. If Kent isn’t here, you can probably find him enjoying the great outdoors of the pacific northwest or with his family. Kent makes a great instructor for those wanting an un-intimidating one-on-one experience.\
Kent is available: Monday, Tuesday and Fridays