How to Choose your Instructor
Credentials - How important are they? – Very Important, but they are only the FIRST stage to acquire the LEGAL right to instruct in firearms with the NRA and most other agencies.Even though one may have the legal right to instruct, they may, or may not, have the non-mandated ability to convey their “classroom-only” attained knowledge to another.
Instruction Ability - This second stage of instructorship is where vast amounts of experience begin to help. After years of instructing, you learn not only How to spot a student’s weakness, but also how to correct this weakness. To point out a weakness and be able to correct it, is not only “just half the Job completed” but also very discouraging for the student.
Shooting Ability - How dose an instructor complete the cycle of becoming a master instructor? He does it by perfecting the third stage of instructorship. The ability to perform to their own standard of instructional technique. The ability to “Practice what they Preach” to have “Been there done that” is imperative! They must have put their own “Feet to the Fire” by attending hundreds of shooting matches over a 60 plus year period and becoming a champion at many of them, as Jim Dinan has done.
Those that can, do.
Those that can’t do, teach
Dose NOT hold true for Firearm Instructors
Those that can, do
Those that can’t do should never teach
If you wish to be a recipient of this superior form of instructorship, then give Jim a call at where all of the for mentioned technique is practiced The James Dinan School of Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Located in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, Long island New York.
James Dinan is a firm believer in the right to bear firearms but with one condition: No one should utilize this right until he or she has proven their ability to handle a firearm safely and with a reasonable degree of accuracy. His main ambition is to make all American citizens proud of their ability and accomplishments as safe and effective gun handlers by his continued instruction and encouragement.
- United States Marine Corps.;
- Military MOS 0231 S2 Combat Intelligence;
- Trained as Firearms Instructor
- Taught the Plebes at Annapolis Naval Academy, and
- Member of USMC Rifle and Pistol Team.
- Police Firearms Instructor for the Suffolk County Police Department and various small village departments.
- U.S Marine Corps Marksmanship Instructor School;
- U.S. Army Small Arms Firing School;
- U.S. Army Special Pistol Marksmanship Instructor Course, and
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Firearms Instructor School.
Classified by the National Rifle Association and New York State as:
- 2600 Club Master Shooter;
- Lifetime Master Indoor Pistol;
- Lifetime Master Outdoor Pistol;
- Lifetime Master Police Combat Pistol;
- Certified Master Training Counselor;
- Certified Pistol Instructor;
- Chief Range Officer,
- Certified Rifle Instructor;
- Certified Shotgun Instructor;
- Certified Personal Protection inside the Home Instructor;
- Certified Personal Protection outside the Home Instructor;
- Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor;
- Pistol Coach;
- Police Firearms Instructor.
- Security Firearms Instructor;
- Chief Reloading Instructor;
Please note some of the following awards that James Dinan is wearing:
The U.S. Marine Corps Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) Rifle Badge and the U.S. Marine Corps Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) Pistol Badge. Commonly known as "Leg" medals.
The U.S. armed forces awarded Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) Badges to their members based on the CMP's records of leg points earned at a rifle and/or pistol match and in accordance with that member's service regulation(s). For example, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps awards their Bronze EIC Badges when a sailor/marine earns six leg points when competing in an authorized excellence category of competition, their Silver EIC Badges when eight leg points have been earned, and their Gold EIC Badges when ten leg points are earned.
The NRA 2600 Patch
Awarded to an elite group of shooters who have succesful shot above 2600 points of the total 2700 points achievable in the below course of fire.
Course of Fire
All courses of fire are from a standing position using a one-handed grip at two different targets depending on the distance and type of match. The slow-fire targets have the 810 rings inside the bullseye and the rapid fire targets have only the 9 and 10 rings inside the black.
The match format, the competitor are required to shoot as many as 90 rounds from each of three handguns. Each shot scores a maximum of 10 points. Hence, a three-gun competition is a "2700". A shorter form is the National Match Course consisting of a single Slow Fire, a Timed and a Rapid Fire target, 30 shots for a maximum score of 300.
Outdoor competitions are typically fired at 50 yards (46 m) for slow fire courses and 25 yards (23 m) for timed and rapid fire courses. A "short course" shoots only at 25 yards and uses a reduced-size target for the Slow Fire segment.
An example outdoor 900 match would include:
2 strings of slow fire. Each string consists of 10 shots at 50 yards at a NRA B6 target. The bullseye diameter is 8 inches (20 cm)
1 National Match Course consisting of one 10-shot slow fire string at 50 yards, two 5-shot strings of timed fire at 25 yards, and two 5-shot strings of rapid fire at 25 yards.
4 strings of timed fire. Each string consists of 5 shots in 20 seconds at 25 yards at a NRA B8 target. The bullseye diameter is 5.5 inches (14 cm).
4 strings of rapid fire. Each string consists of 5 shots in 10 seconds at 25 yards at a NRA B8 target. The bullseye diameter is 5.5 inches.
Other Special Awards
- 1955 Two awards toward National Distinguished Rifle and Pistol shot;
- 1959 & 1961 Individual Police Pistol Champion of Long Island;
- 1963 Member of Champion 4-man New York State Indoor Police Pistol Team;
- 1971 Awarded membership in NRA Select 2600 Club;
- 1984 Aggregate winner of N.Y. City, Nassau, Suffolk police Emerald Society Pistol Match;
- Numerous trophies and awards won while competing marksmanship matches from 1953 to present;