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Meet Rick Ector, Firearms Instructor Extraordinaire

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

Courtesy Photo-Rick Ector training a student. Rick is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW/CPL Class training in metro-Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit. Ector is a recognized expert in Firearm Safety and Personal Protection and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, National Public Radio, MSNBC, The Guardian, Townhall Magazine, The Politics Daily, and Aljazeera.

Meet Rick Ector of ‘Ricks Firearm Academy of Detroit’ where the mission is; “To empower citizens with the education, training, and mindset to defend themselves in an increasingly violent time”. Not only is Rick a National Rifle Association (NRA) credentialed Firearms instructor but, he is also an author, public speaker, and Guns Rights Advocate.

I recently had the opportunity to train in Rick’s State of Michigan CCW/CPL training class. This experience was well worth it for anyone wanting to learn about the rights and Responsibilities of Gun ownership. Not only did I get to learn key information for firearms handling and safety, but I was also able to hear firsthand why Rick Ector dove into this line of work. After hearing Rick’s account of being robbed at gunpoint, one can understand the need to be prepared to defend ourselves from danger.

Rick does an excellent job of sharing compelling stories and providing personalized instruction to each student within the class. His good sense of humor, coupled with his firearms knowledge is amazing. His ability to build rapport with his students helps to communicate the importance of responsible ownership. Rick shared how getting robbed in his driveway after work one day made him rethink his personal safety, leading him to buy a pistol and get a concealed carry license.

After sitting in the class for some time, I realized he is motivated to teach others, so they can be informed of their rights to protect themselves from imminent danger. Some years ago, Rick saw a story on the news about a black woman being assaulted and killed. Her body was later found discarded at the side of the road. This is the experience which motivated him to hold an annual training seminar for woman. Since 2020 Ector has trained over 1,900 women free of charge. During this annual training he raises funding to provide firearms for use, ammunition, and all protective gear. Rick says, “I am committed to helping empower woman who would like to educate and protect themselves.”

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to learn from someone so skilled and knowledgeable in Firearms Safety and protection. If you are interested in learning more about Rick Ector’s Training events, you can visit


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