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Firearms trainer interview – Tisma Juett

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While Tisma Juett is probably not a name recognized by most shooters, she is one of the most prolific trainers in the industry. Tisma is the manager of the First Shots program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Through events like the Big City Tours, and First Shots seminars at individual ranges around the country, Tisma and First Shots have provided entry level firearms training to many thousands of new shooters. We interviewed her at SHOT Show 2014 about firearms training.

We asked Tisma seven questions about training and what it means to her.

1) What is the value of training?
Education, education, education.

2) Why did you become a trainer?
I wanted to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained with others who can then do the same thing.

3) What is the emphasis of your class?
First Shots is a basic introduction to firearms and the shooting sports. It is geared as an educational experience conducted in a safe, controlled environment. Our program focuses on safety, education, and responsibility.

4) Who is your market?
We cater to anyone who has never touched a firearm before. Anyone able to legally use firearms, whether young, old, or in-between, is welcome.

5) What do YOU do to train/practice?
I dryfire quite a bit. With a handgun, I work hard on maintaining my front sight focus. Because I enjoy clay target shooting, I also do a lot of dryfire with my shotgun, using a mounted flashlight to improve my swing.

6) How would you describe your training philosophy?
First Shots is a relaxed environment focused on safety and fun.

7) Why should people take training?

  • Never stop learning.
  • Always learn something from someone, either to enhance or increase your knowledge through other trainers.
  • There’s always more than one way to do something. You just may not know what the other way is until someone shows you.

We appreciate Tisma taking the time to talk with us about this important topic.

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