About Rick


Rick Sindeband Certified Firearms Instructor

Have Gun Will Train Colorado………

Training Philosophy for  Rick Sindeband Certified Firearms Instructor

Training for my students is based on the best gun handling techniques and safety that the top Instructors use around the country for the classes they teach.  I am on top of changes in the law and legislation for our area and many others around the country.

People who I have trained become confident in their gun handling skills and their ability to make good decisions about concealed carry techniques and issues.

Most people learn with a combination of lecture, audiovisual, and hands-on. All of these techniques are important in self-protection training. Many of my students have never handled a firearm and are now faced with the real world worries of how they will defend themselves and their loved ones if the time ever presents itself.

No one class will get your training level to where you need to be. These skills and qualifications are built like building blocks with the base being the most important part. A good strong base gives you a foundation for the rest of your training throughout your training cycle.


•USCCA  Certified Firearms instructor

•USCCA  Certified RSO Range Safety Officer

•NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

•NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

•NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor

•NRA Certified Personal Protection In the Home Instructor

•NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor

•NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor

•NRA Certified Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor

•NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor

•NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer

•NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor

•NRA/NLT Affiliate Instructor Sirt Training Pistol

•MAG-40  2016 and 2019  Massad Ayoob Group 

•Certified Glock Armorer  Dennis Tueller

•TJA Use of Force Training Certified Instructor OC Spray

•Law of Self Defense Colorado  Andrew Branca 

•NRA Double Distinguished Expert in Semi-Auto Pistol shooting and Defensive Pistol shooting 1

NRA Women on Target Guest Instructor/Multiple Years/Multiple Disciplines

•Multiple disciplines with Patrick Watts,  NRA Law Enforcement Instructor

•Gunshot Wound First Aid U.S. & Texas Law Shield

NRA Recruiter

Rick Sindeband is a Chief Range Safety Officer with the NRA, and as such can certify Range Safety Officers for duty on any range anywhere in the country.

Currently, Rick is training individuals, businesses, and families in all aspects of safe gun handling with regard to self-defense and concealed carry, he has been a shooting sports enthusiast for most of his life, starting with his dad as a young child with shotguns, rifles, and reloading, then migrating to pistols and self-defense. After Rick spent four years in the United States Air Force, he spent almost 20 years in the Insurance industry as a trainer and Certified Insurance Counselor. Rick was instrumental in implementing the Free Gun Safety Program now in use by Pueblo Municipal Shooters. Rick has recently achieved Double Distinguished Expert status in pistol shooting with the NRA.


NRA (National Rifle Association)

USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association)

Pueblo Municipal Shooters, Inc

USA Carry

GOA (Gun Owners of America)

Firearms Instructor Patches




Apr 042017

picking firearms instructorsA student seeking a firearms instructor will evaluate the quality of training offered. You are making an investment and your life may someday depend on this training and the ideas your new instructor may have. Modern handgun skills have not changed much in the past as far as standards of safe gun handling and the fine points of good marksmanship and shooting skills. There are leaders in the firearms industry who set the standards of exceptional training, such as Massad Ayoob and many others. Some people are fortunate to have trained with these individuals and share their knowledge throughout the country. Learn where your instructor received training and make sure that you’re getting quality and correct information. Think about the difference between the pro athlete and the coach.  The pro might or might not make a good coach.  The coach played that sport, maybe not at a pro level, but can bring others to that level.


Picking Firearms Instructors-

Most good instructors have trained with a variety of mentors that discuss different styles and methodologies. Keep in mind that military and law enforcement personnel may have received exceptional firearms training, but that does not mean that he or she is a firearms instructor. Further, instructors that do not have experience teaching civilians may have mindset and tactics that are very different from the training you want.

If your instructor has only recently become an instructor, or maybe even a gun owner, he or she may not be a good resource. Look for diversity of training and additional classes being offered before deciding to take a class or lesson. A person may be certified to teach a License to Carry or CCW permit course, but he or she may not be a firearms instructor that can teach safe gun handling and points of marksmanship. One teaches you how to shoot; one teaches the law for a permit or license.

Some credentials that show your instructor can shoot is always helpful. Instructors that do not encourage you to seek additional training either have large egos or they are overconfident about their curriculum or worry that you will give your training dollars to someone else.

A reputable instructor is not always the teacher, but enjoys being a student. He or she will attend continuing education sessions and training to constantly advance and/or reinforce their skills. Be sure your instructor is industry connected. The firearms industry is very competitive, but also very interconnected. Good instructors collaborate and participate in the greater firearms community. See if your instructor has ever taught at a Women on Target event with the NRA or other similar large events.

As you look at your instructor’s bio and resume, you want see some of these top instructors and others: Kathy Jackson (Cornered Cat), Karl Rehn (KR Training), Massad Ayoob and Gail Pippen, Tom and Lynn Givens (Rangemaster), Marty and Gila Hayes, Rob Pincus, Robert Vogel, Ben Stoeger, Rob Leatham, Ken Hackathorn, Larry Vickers, Paul Howe, Clint Smith (Thunder Ranch), Jerry and Kay Miculek, John and Vicki Farnam, Jim Higginbotham, and those who have trained with them.

See Ricks Credentials