I have been an instructor for about sixteen years now and I have been fortunate enough to turn some good students into great friends over those years. I am delighted to see these same folks come back to class after class but I would be doing them a huge disservice if I didn’t encourage them to obtain training from other instructors.
Have you ever considered taking a defensive shooting course? I’m talking about a course that goes well beyond the basic firearms safety and operation taught in most concealed carry classes. Most people that take a concealed carry class or other basic firearms course never consider continuing their training. Others think about it but never do it. Then there are those that buy a gun for “self-defense” but never take any formal training of any kind.
How can you expect to use a firearm as a defensive tool with minimal or no training? How can you expect a basic firearms safety course to prepare you for a life and death fight with a gun?
Every year as we near the Christmas season, I see memes such as the one posted above all over Facebook. Honestly, I would love it if someone bought me a new gun for Christmas and, admittedly, I get the slightest twinge of jealousy as I see my friends posing with their new “toys” in front of the Christmas tree.
But does giving someone a gun really tell them how much you care?
Instructor: Steve Collins
Some have asked why I would spend my time taking a course like this a second time. The answer is simple; there’s no way to adequately remember the lessons learned in such a course by going through only once. Too much time passes from the beginning of the course to the end of the day and there isn’t sufficient time to take notes even if note taking were more practical on an outdoor range.
Tactical Ted is my favorite hypothetical person. Despite his complete and utter lack of any formal training, he considers himself to be an “operator” and, unlike me, he knows every answer to every question in the defensive shooting world. Sometimes Ted shoots only occasionally and sometimes he shoots every week. Sometimes he shoots competitively and sometimes just for fun. In spite of all of his shooting experience (or lack thereof), Ted is all knowing.
Sometimes it blows my mind when I hear some of the ridiculous excuses made by folks when it comes to why they don’t carry their gun. They have put a lot of time and money into buying a gun, taking a state mandated safety course, paying for their carry permit, and buying a holster and other equipment but choose, instead, to leave their gun at home.
Let’s look at some of these excuses and see why they are invalid.
Part two in my series of “gun people” getting words mixed up will take a look at who you are receiving your training from. Many people, especially instructors, confuse the words certified and qualified. Continue reading