About AFI

The Association of Firearm Instructors, or AFI, is a grassroots organization with the goal of providing top notch educational resources to shooters everywhere. Established in 2015 by a close-knit group of instructors, range safety officers, former and current military members, our growing member base is currently less than 100. Through the efforts of our members, those numbers will grow quickly.

In the past, it was difficult for a potential firearm student to get in touch with instructors in their area. In many places, gun instruction classes aren’t advertised well, and it can be difficult for would-be students to seek out the education they need. This leads to many people missing out on proper firearm education and being frustrated that they couldn’t access the resources they needed.

At AFI, we’re working to change that.

AFI is a website and community designed to connect qualified instructors with eager students throughout the country. Here, instructors will soon be able to advertise credentials and students will be able to ask questions and hire well-suited instructors for private training. No other website offers this, and we’re happy to be the first in this field.

Beyond that, AFI also provides resources for instructors to use so that they can make their offerings more standardized and streamlined, ensuring that each trainer has the tools needed. This improves the field of gun training and education and standardizes education in all areas of the U.S.

Our resources are also available to mentors (experienced shooters without instructor certification) willing to help new shooters learn safe firearm handling techniques. Through AFI’s Annual Mentorship™ Drive, we proudly support these efforts with our easy to understand training tools.

In addition to making gun ownership safer, AFI is also providing a place for gun enthusiasts and instructors to connect and come together. Dedicated to safety, responsibility, and proper education, AFI is your all-in-one source for responsible gun ownership.

What’s to Come

We encourage potential students and instructors to sign up for our newsletter. As our list of certified instructors and trainers grows, we will establish an online database to connect instructors and students across the country.

We are also continuously developing our training resources to provide resources to instructors, mentors and students across the globe.

Our Team

AFI’s team of instructors, current and former military members came together to create our firearm glossary about three years ago. We strive to create a nonjudgmental and safe place for people to learn about firearm safety and responsibility. While we all have our day jobs, we work hard to make AFI the high-quality educational platform that it is.

New Shooters: Unlike some other firearm education organizations, you can relate to us. We’re ordinary people, just like you, which means you can trust us to understand where you are coming from. Everyone who handles firearms had to start somewhere. Our goal is to get new shooters up-to-speed as seamlessly as possible.

Have a question? Ask us anything! We won’t talk down to you or act like “know-it-alls”.

The AFI Process

One of the things that sets AFI apart is our dedication to quality. To ensure we have the best instructors and education possible, AFI makes it impossible for instructors just to sign up and get a certificate. While this is common in some programs, it’s not the name of our game. Instead, our instructors go through a rigorous screening to earn the right to call themselves AFI-certified trainers. This keeps the bar for our instructorship high and ensures that all our students get the best possible education at all times.

Our Training Resources

In addition to staffing the best trainers and making it easy for students to find qualified instructors in their area, AFI also works to provide the resources students and instructors need to further their knowledge. Our most important resources come in the form of our books.

From our first Glossary of Firearm Terms to our most recent book, Defensive Firearms Selection & Use: Practical Advice for Novice Shooters, we strive to present the best knowledge for all levels of shooters and firearms enthusiasts.

Regardless of whether you’re a brand-new shooter just getting started, or a skilled instructor looking to deepen his or her skills, AFI is your one-stop-shop for informative and in-depth resources you can trust.

The AFI Difference

When it comes to learning about firearms and their various applications, trust is critical. Not only do you need to confidence your instructors, but you also need to be able to rely on the organization that’s providing the educational platform. The Association of Firearm Instructors strives to create an accessible and user-friendly learning environment, which allows people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come in and learn how to safely and responsibly own and handle firearms.

From instructing novice shooters how to choose the best firearm for their defensive purposes to helping aspiring instructors get the high-quality education they need to shape the perspectives and outlook of incoming students, AFI is a community-led leader in firearm safety, ownership, and handling.

The passion project of a group of dedicated and experienced gun enthusiasts, AFI is born from the ideas of responsibility, education, accessibility, trust, and ongoing training. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your firearms background may be, you can learn, grow, and thrive with AFI.

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