Best Handgun Training
About the Chief Firearms Instructor
John Taylor, the Chief Firearms Instructor and President/CEO of Best Handgun
Training, was introduced to the sport of target shooting at the age of 12. He was raised with
aggressive gun safety and shooting skills. After attending the P.O.S.T. Police Academy, he became a Life
Member of the National Rifle Association.
For over 30 years, he has enjoyed and participated in the many sports of shooting activities.
Beyond teaching his professional academies and instructions, John had the privilege of teaching many friends,
family members, associates and colleagues to shoot safely and skillfully.
Prior to obtaining professional licensing and certification, over the years, John has observed both
carelessness and negligence with persons discharging firearms at public ranges. This boils down to simply one
thing.... The lack of the proper training required to shoot safely and skillfully. All of us have heard of
gun "accidents" close to home, and it is John's personal agenda to inform and educate as many people as possible,
to avoid these kind of accidental shootings (negligence or carelessness), injuries or fatalities.
John became a Certified Instructor with the National Rifle Association in disciplines,
including Basic Pistol and Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside The Home, Personal Protection Outside the
Home, Home Firearms Safety and the "Refuse To Be A Victim
John is a CCW Instructor for the State of Utah, certified
through the Bureau of Criminal Identification. He currently instructs Non-Resident CCW courses for 32 "Shall-Issue"
states, through the various NRA programs and disciplines, as well as the state of Utah.
John is currently certified through the CA Department of Justice
(DOJ) as a Firearms Safety Instructor. He offers HSC tests and certifications (Handgun
Safety Certificates which are required to purchase or transfer a firearm within the State of
John is an active member of the International Association
of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the National Rifle Association, the California Rangemasters
Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, the Lincoln
Rifle Club, the Folsom Shooting Club, and the United States Concealed Carry
He had maintained managerial and administrative support
positions for various state agencies within the State of CA, such as the CDF (Cal-Fire), Department of Fish and
Game, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. John also has extensive experience in other positions such
as Security Guard, Loss Prevention, Firefighter/EMT, Retail Management, and he also served a four year term
as elected City Council Member of the City of Grass Valley. He is President/CEO of several nationwide
businesses, from Real Estate sales to housing rehabilitations.
Although John continues to operate in the capacity of
President/CEO with his other businesses, he has trained Management Teams which primarily manage the day-to-day
operations of his companies. This has allowed him to do what he loves - Firearms Safety, NRA Courses and
CCW instruction courses.
John has undergone many local, state and federal background
checks with various agencies. John personally conducts background checks on any Instructor affiliated with
Best Handgun Training, and all Instructors must successfully complete and pass a background check before becoming a