Safe Gun Handling

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
    —Jeff Cooper

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Tom Russell is a Master Firearms instructor as given the title by Colonel Jeff Cooper.

A word from Tom Russell

“I was privileged to train under and then instruct with Colonel Jeff Cooper and received my Master Firearms Instructor rating from him in 2000. I have faced potential and actual deadly force situations on the street and in the game field and dealt with those problems quickly and efficiently. The goal is to end the fight before your assailant realizes he has jumped on a wolf and not a mouse.

I am a Christian and gospel preacher and do not apologize for it, and yes I am armed even in the pulpit. My wife and I have been very happily married for eighteen years and have three children.

I look forward to training with you.”

Tom Russell, Master Instructor