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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