Northwest Florida Firearms Training is owned and operated by Barry O’Neal. He is a certified instructor in the internationally renowned Intuitive Defensive Shooting Program. He is also an NRA Certified Instructor in multiple disciplines.
He has received professional training and certifications from some of the most respected trainers in the country.
He is a member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors and adheres to the tenets of “The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors”.
Barry is certified as an Intuitive Defensive shooting® Instructor and certified by the NRA in Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Rifle, Home Firearm Safety, and Range Safety Officer. Barry is a retired Air Force Officer, with over twenty-three years of active duty. He flew combat support missions in B-52’s during Desert Storm.
Barry has been shooting and hunting with rifles most of his life. It was just within the past ten years that he got heavily involved with handguns. He has taken advanced handgun training with Massad Ayoob, Suarez International, Sig Academy, and Intuitive Defensive Shooting Program.
Intuitive Defensive® Shooting Certified Instructor
Certified S.A.R.C. (School Attacker Response Course) Instructor
Defensive Firearms Coach – Intuitive Defensive® Shooting
Intuitive Defensive® Shooting Instructor – Rob Pincus
Intuitive Defensive® Shooting Advanced Pistol Handling
Two Person Armed Defense
LFI-I (Lethal Force Institute – Massad Ayoob) Judicious Use of Deadly Force
MAG-80, Advanced Defensive Skills – Massad Ayoob
Suarez International – Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator
Suarez International – Close Range Gunfighting
Shooter Down Self Rescue – Centerfire Training
SIG Sauer Academy – Shooting Outside Your Comfort Zone
NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
NRA Certified Basic Rifle Instructor
NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
NRA Certified Home Firearms Safety Instructor
NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
Certified SIG Armorer
The Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors has developed “The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors”.Northwest Florida Firearms Training agrees whole heartily with these tenets and have adopted them as a Professional Code that we will strive to live by.
I. I am committed to the safety of my students, and hold that the expected benefit of any training activity must significantly outweigh any known or perceived risk of that activity.
II. I believe that it is my responsibility to understand not just what I’m teaching, buy WHY I’m teaching any technique or concept, or offering specific advice.
III. I recognize that defensive shooting skills, along with the drills and gear used, are inherently specialized and usually distinct from those of target shooting, competition, and hunting endeavors.
IV. I will encourage my students to ask questions about course material, and I will answer them with thorough and objective explanations.
V. I understand that Integrity and Professionalism are subjective traits and I strive to maintain high levels of both. I am capable of, and willing to, articulate the reasons for the way I conduct my courses and how I interact with students and peers.
VI. I believe that is valuable to engage my peers in constructive conversation about differences in technique and concept, with the goal of mutual education and evolution.
VII. I believe that the best instructor is an avid student, and I will strive to continually upgrade my own skills and knowledge. As part of this belief, I understand that my own teachings need to be subject to critique and open to evolution.
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