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Hello. My name is David Ray, I am 40 years old, and I am the owner and lead instructor of Close Quarters Firearms Concepts. I am a former Emergency Medical Professional, Emergency Dispatch Professional, and am currently a Police Officer with a Class A POST license through the State of Missouri since 2003.

I am currently certified as a Law Enforcement Concealed Carry Instructor, a NRA Law Enforcement Pistol and Shotgun Instructor, an Advanced Tactical Rifle Operator, and have received advanced training in Defensive Knife Tactics Operator, Collapsible Baton Operator, Taser Gun Certified, Close Quarters Combat with and without a weapon, Tactical Breech Force Entry, OC Spray use and tactics, and numerous other categories. I currently am an active competitor in Action Pistol Shooting, USPSA, IDPA, and 3 gun competitions in both rimfire and centerfire brackets.

The benefits you receive by getting your concealed carry instruction from a member of The Missouri Association of Law Enforcement CCW Instructors ( are great.

Your training comes from a true professional, not only as that of an instructor, but that as a current law enforcement officer.

Whatever instructor you choose, he or she is aware that if you find yourself in a legal court proceeding because of an armed encounter you were engaged in, he or she will more than likely be summoned by your attorney to testify on your behalf.

Do you want the person on the stand testifying on your behalf to be the fellow down the street who works in the factory or sells insurance during the week and went to a basic NRA instructor’s course so he could make a few hundred bucks on the weekends? Someone who has never filled out a police report or written a statement? Someone who has never taken the seat as a witness in court, and is unfamiliar with the courtroom environment? you want someone who will testify that is very familiar with the procedural environment? Someone who has filled out police reports, affidavits, and other legal documents on a daily basis? Someone who is very comfortable and competent on the witness stand?

Even the NRA course admits and encourages its instructors to have an attorney or a law enforcement officer give the legal portion of the class, which there are none in this area that follow that advice.

As you can see, the benefits carry on way past the initial superior training. The choice is up to you!