Meet Bob Rathke

Bob  Rathke

I discovered my love of firearms a little bit later in life. I started shooting and training on a regular basis in 2009. As I started on my training journey I quickly realized there was much more to gun ownership than I anticipated. I really enjoyed training and found myself registering and attending Rochester Personal Defense, LLC training courses as fast as they were scheduled. 


As I started to acquire the "winning mindset" I thought it was important to have more than just firearm skills, Self defense and retention training followed. Somewhere along the line I purchased my first AR-15 and enjoy shooting the rifle just as much as the pistol. Both my sons are also interested in firearms and I thought the best way to teach them was to become a firearms instructor myself, I became an NRA certified Instructor in 2010 to make sure I was bringing them up the right way. I soon realized that I really enjoyed teaching and pursued an instructor position with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC.   








Philosophy

Be Prepared!









Training Experience:

  • 2009. NRA Basic Pistol class
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Basic Self Defense
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 101
  • 2010. NRA Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Handgun Retention
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Rifle/Carbine 101
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 301
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 201
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Low Light Handgun Skills
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Shotgun Skills 101
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • Teaching Experience:

  • Range Officer for Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates, LLC
  • NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • BSA Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badge Counselor
  • BSA Range Officer
  • Community Involvement: