Training, and how to get the most out of it.

One component that many people overlook is their need to pursue legitimate firearms training. By legitimate training I mean formal instruction (not to be confused with the practice of plinking, which has its own individual merits.

One major problem of informal practice is that it lacks critical assessment of your performance. This assessment can be used to correct bad habits, unsafe acts and in the end make you better. Also, practice makes it far too easy to work exclusively in your comfort zone, which is detrimental to improvement.

Too often I have meet people who believed that past experiences are sufficient replacement for actual proficiency. I can say my firearms training in the Army applied very little towards the skills I needed later on. Another problem with that mindset is that it completely ignores the fact that skill sets are perishable. Experienced shooters and even athletes will attest to becoming ‘rusty’ overtime if when they neglect their skills.

Picking a Class
Civilians have incredible access to a wide array of firearms training, ranging from concealed carry classes to helicopter operations. Choose classes that will help you accomplish your goals and best apply to you.

The internet gives some great opportunities to review training schools and check various testimonials. Like anything take these reviews with a grain of salt. Some schools may use negative reviews as a means to tear apart their competition.

No schools in your area? Fear not, the best instructors travel to every region and will likely be available in your area.

Being a good student Prior to going to your class ensure that you have all of the required equipment. Many schools will provide a list of both required and suggested gear for the course. Always opt for function over looking cool. I assure you won’t be booed off the range for not being ‘tacticool’ enough.

Stay ready, there will be plenty of distractions. Make sure you and your kit are good to go at all times. Jaw-jacking when you should be loading magazines will cost you valuable training time. On the topic of jaw-jacking, don’t get too wrapped up in side conversations; you get distracted from the class. After all, you didn’t pay the other students to teach.

Always maintain a positive attitude, even if the instructors are making you shoot drills you don’t like or the weather is shitty. You’ll not only ruin your experience but your classmates as well.

These are just a few suggestions to help you on your way to getting some decent training. As always have fun with it and don’t take yourself too serious.

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4 thoughts on “Training, and how to get the most out of it.

  1. It is good to have a critical appreciation of your weapons handling every so often YET I can’t seem to get round this problem I have of blue barrels and beep machines to tell you when to fire and timing your reactions.

    Too often weapons training is to a set format and in an unreal, clinical, safe, controlled environment aka a range. Even more often it doesn’t provide a Hogan’s alley option.
    Whilst it may improve your speed and handling, it does very little to prepare you for shooting “real world” and as you rightly say, speed drills need constant practice.
    For example, weapons training you may expend the best part of 1000 rounds, shoot round those lovely blue barrels and through wooden frames. To what end? I’ve yet to find these objects on the street as standard.
    Then (certificate in hand) you go home, lock your weapon away, and sit back confident you are trained. What, people don’t do that? Really!

    In a fire fight the scene may be ill lit, USUALLY FAST MOVING, cramped, cold, wet, you won’t have time to don ear or eye protection.
    You’ll have to consider backdrop (unless you WANT to cause collateral damage), and people WILL BE SHOOTING BACK AT YOU.
    There in a nutshell is why training will always be “incomplete”. It’s only one way.

    YET if you were to add a few regular sessions of air-soft in a professionally run urban environment, you’ll learn more about fire with movement and cover in an hour than 10 hours on a range and those stupid blue barrels.

    OK it probably hasn’t got the macho feel of blowing through mag after mag of 9 mm but it’s strangely humbling when an air-soft warrior (aged 8) keeps taking you down as you can’t get yourself behind adequate cover.

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    • You are absolutely correct. That’s commonly referred to in the states as ‘force on force training’. I think ranges have their place but a culmination of those skilled learned should be applied in force on force training. I prefer simunitions over say airsoft, only because simunitions are more painful. Yet airsoft is exponentially more available, less expensive and provides a greater variety of weapons. I use airsoft to practice in my home as it provides a safe training aid that mimics my real firearms.

      When I was in the army we used miles gear which is essentially military grade laser tag. The problem with that system is people have no fear reaction in engagements which comes along with the physical consequence of being shot. As you said airsoft gives you immediate feedback that your tactics are not sound.

      Many schools offer scenario based courses where they use simunitions or airsoft training. Unsurprisingly this type of training is less popular because it presents the possibility of failure. These failures offer greater chances to learn but can ding ones ego.

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      • Laser tag we called it in the forces.
        A dead loss for the reasons you said.
        There again one guy got seriously hurt with simunitions.

        Our slime of a training officer went ballistic at our reaction i.e. your f’k’d up exercise plan has cost a person the sight in one eye.

        The next day all 35 of us emptied our simunition rounds in his direction.
        No charges were laid at our feet and for some reason he was posted shortly afterwards.

        Must have been something we said.

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