Former Cop and Army Veteran Brings Gun Safety Training to St. George – St George News
ST. GEORGE-Is it a fear of weapons or a lack of knowledge?
Rustin Staheli, a certified National Rifle Association instructor, said he spent nine years in the military, which involved everything from artillery to military intelligence, as well as time in special forces. After completing a combat tour in Iraq, he attended the Metro Police Department Academy in Las Vegas and became a police officer for the City of Washington Police Department.
“I’m very, very supportive of the Second Amendment and your right to wear and own, but I’m also very strongly of the belief that it’s your responsibility to learn how to use it and if you don’t, don’t. don’t put in those situations,” Staheli said of gun ownership.
In order to spend more time with his family, Staheli moved from law enforcement to sales. As he continued to see the purchase of firearms by those who were too afraid to use them, he could see the significant lack of education and training becoming a heartbreaking issue. Passionate about teaching home defense and firearms safety, he began teaching firearms classes outside of his full-time sales career. He turned Modern Shooting Solutions into a full-time business in August of this year.
Modern Shooting Solutions offers a variety of courses ranging from introductory firearms education courses to advanced courses for those with years of experience. Classes are primarily held at the Sweat Springs Range in Hurricane.
Staheli said when it comes to firearms, there are many misconceptions, especially about weapons such as the AR-15. He has created information-based courses that include PowerPoint presentations as well as interactive activities that include practice guns and lasers. These courses teach participants how to shoot a gun without actually shooting the gun.
After the initial introductory course, Staheli said many people find solace in education and choose to take various courses where they learn proper firearms training and practical shooting. Courses include the type of firearm a person should purchase while testing several gun calibers to determine the best fit. At the start of the lesson, students look at the weapons and are asked to choose which one they would initially like to own.
“I can’t tell you what gun you should buy until you learn how to shoot, how you work, your hands work,” Staheli said. “You can’t just go to the gun store and pick one up. After taking the course and learning the basics, safety, and how to shoot different calibers of guns, each person changed which one they would choose from their original choice.
As a former member of the Washington City Police Department, Staheli said the community tends to turn a blind eye or just not notice the rising crime rate. For those who carry a concealed weapon without the proper training, it can create potential dangers and risks for themselves and the community.
“When it’s bad, you go back to your training level and below. If your training level sucks, you get watered,” he said.
Staheli said he does not advocate gun fights and is meant to be used as a last resort to protect individuals and their families. While these situations don’t happen every day, he wants people to be prepared for an emergency.
Another common misconception about gun ownership, Staheli said, is the presumption of innocence when shooting an intruder during a home invasion. Repercussions such as criminal and civil lawsuits will likely occur down the road, and proper training beforehand mitigates this risk.
Modern Shooting Solutions offers a specialized home defense course, which includes a home visit with the creation of a tailored safety plan for individuals and their families. The plan includes how to move around safely and “clear” the house, observe and eliminate potential threats inside and out, and teach the whole family, including children, what to do intruder emergency.
“It’s crazy that we have plans for things like a fire, but nobody has a plan if someone breaks into their house,” he said. “It gets really scary when it’s just, ‘I’m going to shoot them.’ You should also be able to know how to move around and clear your own home to give yourself the best chance of surviving and doing so safely, and we teach that.
To give back, Staheli offers free training dedicated to teachers. It also works with a variety of stores in Washington County that supply ammo, with the goal of providing free or discounted ammo for these classes.
“I think if they understand it and become proficient, they should be able to carry because it’s your first line of defense,” he said. “These teachers are willing to put their lives on the line for the children, but they have no way to protect themselves.”
Whether members of the community are trained by him or someone else, he hopes they choose to gain knowledge and understanding of firearms for their own safety and that of those around them.
“It’s an investment in yourself,” Staheli said of the firearms training. “You invest in insurance, but when was the last time you actually used your car insurance? When something happened, you were happy to have it. It’s an investment in you and your protection, especially if you plan on carrying a gun.
For more information on modern shooting solutions and to register for a course, see their site Where find them on Instagram. For custom courses or questions, contact Rustin Staheli at (435) 668-4859.
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