Shady Oaks Gun Range Firearms Instructor – Brian Payne
- US Army Major (Retired) *YES I really am Major Payne
- NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor
- USCCA Elite Member
- NRA Patron Life Member
- Member of Gun Owners of America
Message from Brian
Firearms have been a part of my life for 40 years. I have always believed that when it comes to firearms, safety is paramount. I believe that firearm ownership, and thus the ability to defend yourself and your family from harm, is a right endowed to us by our creator. I believe we never rise to the occasion – we always fall to the level of our training. I believe the only easy day was yesterday. I believe a firearm is a tool just like a hammer or a fire extinguisher. And just like a fire extinguisher, I believe that your choice of a firearm should be based on it’s purpose of use and the intent to train.
I am a retired, United States Army combat veteran. I served just under 21 years on active duty as an Airborne Ranger and Blackhawk helicopter pilot. I’ve been stationed all over the country and served overseas in places like Panama, South Korea, and Iraq. In my years of service, I always had a firearm by my side. I trained and became an expert in the use of pistols, rifles, machine guns, grenades, and even mortars. I have trained individuals, teams, and groups as large as several hundred service members.
Although I am firmly focused on safety, I prefer a laid-back and relaxed approach to coaching. Training means growth, growth means getting better, and getting better is always fun! I love teaching and coaching and I love helping people discover their potential. Whether you want a quick one-hour refresher, an introduction to firearms, you’re preparing for the LTC qualification, or you want a regular training routine, I would be honored to join you on that journey. I promise you will leave feeling better about yourself, your firearm, and your ability to overcome the unknown when it comes to firearms.
Major Payne’s Firearms Philosophy
- It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
- You will always fall to the level of your training
- Don’t ever take a chance you don’t have to
- There is no such thing as too much ammo
- If you are not prepared, things will go wrong
Book a private lesson below today. Let’s start a journey that will reward you for a lifetime! You will receive my contact information once we have conducted a lesson. If you do not see a slot on the calendar below you should contact Brian directly to get on the schedule.
Book a Private Lesson
Brian is available for one-on-one private lessons for PISTOL or RIFLE. Availability is highlighted on the calendar below. Book your appointment today!
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