Cardboard gunfighters Part IV
So I went to this tactical pistol training course!
You just finished sending 1000 rounds down range, sat six hours in the classroom listening to one or more instructors, another 14 hours of range time, and spent a few hundred dollars to do it. Did you learn anything? Did you go to a training course that had competent instructors with proven backgrounds in the field of defensive pistol training? Did you take the time to checkout the training facilities reputation, or did you just assume that because they had a cool name, a website and charged big bucks that they know what they are doing? Did you do some research and seek help before buying your equipment? Did you learn and practice the basic fundamentals needed to shoot a handgun effectively before you signed up? Did you take a basic or level one course to start with? Did they teach you what you need to know to survive a gunfight, or are you expending a lot of rounds and time being shown a lot of tactics that you will never practice or learn to do proficiently?
The answer to all of the above questions should be yes. If you answered no to more than one, then you probably wasted hundreds of dollars, will spend hundreds more to get rid of the bad habits you picked up and to get the proper training needed to survive a gun fight. Remember the statistics have not changed over the years, most gun fights are still, one on one at a little over an arms length distance, with only a few rounds fired.
Sam Hardy gives some excellent advice on training in his “Tip of The Month” articles posted on this website. Sam’s views and mine run pretty much the same when it comes to training, so instead of me repeating what he has already written, I would suggest you read his articles pertaining to training.
DVC, Jim G.