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8/22/2012 9:30:00 AM
Firearms trainer teaches Cooper's techniques
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Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

Instilling self-confidence and insuring safe, knowledgeable, effective and responsible use of firearms in their intended role of recreation, sport, hunting and self-defense is what firearms trainer Douglas Smith of Chino Valley is all about.

"I became interested in hand guns in the 1970s while I was teaching my wife to shoot, and from there it became a hobby and I started instructing people in firearms," Doug said.

Doug has over 40 years as a firearms instructor and has trained hundreds of citizens, military, and police in all types of small arms.

"I have attended 14 courses with Jeff Cooper at Gun Site in Paulden on rifle, carbine, pistol and shot gun," Doug said. "I have devoted my life to promulgating Cooper's modern technique of firearms training. I do this through my firearms training company (Rescue.One LLC), and my service to the Arizona Rangers."

Part of Doug's 40 years of instruction was done as a training officer during his 20-year career in the U.S. Army. He also has three master degrees, one of which is in Military Operations.

"I teach a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons) class at the Chino Valley Community Center, the last Thursday of the month from 5 to 10 p.m. But, I can also design an individual or customized class as required based on student experience and desires," Doug explained.

All of Doug's instruction starts with explanation and demonstration and continues with student application and practice building towards mastering their skills.

"This work is very satisfying to me, when I know I have empowered my graduates to safeguard themselves," he said.

"I shoot, train and carry firearms because it gives me a sense of control over my own destiny. I refuse to be a victim. Firearms provide a sense of security and independence for responsible citizens."

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