David Webster founded Personal Security Dynamics when he grew bored with retirement. The former law enforcement agent offers concealed firearms training classes. / Jan Peterson/For the News-Leader
Name of business: Personal Security Dynamics
Hours: By appointment
Owner: David Webster
About the business: David Webster has done two things throughout his career: been employed in the law enforcement field and, for much of that time, trained others in security.
After retiring in 2011, Webster did what any freshly minted retiree would do: hunted, fished, rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But all that rest and relaxation wore thin.
“After that six months, it was time to do something,” Webster says.
He took a job in security at Ozarks Technical Community College, but wanted more than anything to get back into training others in safety. He sought certification to be a concealed carry weapons permit instructor and opened Personal Security Dynamics about three months ago.
Webster now provides training to groups and individuals who are seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon. While the bulk of his business focuses on helping people meet the state requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, he also offers courses covering a broader spectrum of personal safety. The safe use and handling of a firearm is of utmost importance, he says, but knowing when to opt for other less lethal solutions is also important.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 30 years and never have I had to pull my weapon and fire it,” he says.
Some of the other areas Webster explores as students demand it are weapons retention, how to disarm armed suspects and defense against edged weapons.
Webster says he enjoys going over less-lethal options. “I’m a firm believer in chemical agents,” he says.
Webster also offers individual shooting lessons designed to increase clients’ skill and comfort levels when using a weapon. “When I give shooting lessons, I want you by yourself so you’re not intimidated by anyone in that class,” Webster says.
Experience: Webster has worked at all levels of law enforcement, but the majority of his career was spent with the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons. During his time at those two departments, he was a lead instructor teaching everything from firearms use to quelling prison riots.
And throughout his career, Webster always owned another business on the side, one of which was a printing shop. Those two skill sets combined well for him to set up Personal Security Dynamics.
Challenges: Webster says getting the business off the ground posed no great challenges. Instead, he’s found “keeping people interested enough to stay engaged” has been the hard part.
Webster says he strives to go beyond the state’s requirements to make sure every student gets all of the instruction he or she needs to be safe.
Goals: “I would like for everyone that’s taking this course to be as comfortable with their skin and their weapon as I am,” Webster says.
“My goal is to give you the information and the skills you need to protect your family,” he says.
— Jan Peterson/For the News-Leader