Instructor Tidbit for the day

I often get asked by both people that carry professionally or people with CCWs how often they should practice. To answer that let’s first take a step back and talk about training. A lot of CCW holders in a lot of states are not required to take a course with live fire. Folks we’re talking about skills meant to save your life (and those around you). Should you ever be faced with an imminent threat to your well-being the “training” your grandfather gave you with a 50yr old firearm (while valuable) is simply not going to serve you. Even as valuable as I think the NRA basic pistol course is it’s simply not enough in terms of adequate training to be prepared to potentially face a gunfight. While holding a CCW and carrying is good……in reality if you do not take it upon yourself to receive proper training then in a really bad situation you could well end up being just another liability. Basic pistol courses teach you to fire rounds from a standing position into a circular target. Self-defense scenarios are dynamic with a lot of movement, noise, and inherent stress all of which serve to ruin the shot patterns you fired from a calm, standing position. If you haven’t received training on effectively drawing, moving, and placing well grouped rounds into specific and alternating areas of a target then I strongly advise you to be honest with yourself and consider just how prepared you really are to use your firearm in self-defense.
Aside from training comes practice. Skills do fade fast. Dynamic skills fade even faster. Most police and armed security agencies I’ve worked with qualify just a few times per year and I’ve always said this is simply inadequate. But budgets must meet with practicality somewhere. Personally, I try to find space in my schedule for at least a little front sight time every week. I realize isn’t feasible for most people, but I will urge everyone to find a way to fit trigger time into their schedule at least once per month. Realistically unless you’re a special operator or on a SWAT team you probably don’t get enough training or practice time so try to get the most you can. Also remember practice makes permanent. So, practicing sloppy habits, inaccurate shooting, etc. will only lead to horrible technique that could put you in a very bad place if you ever must defend yourself. This also highlights the need to try to find a way to regularly link up with a trained instructor or attend a school every year. This isn’t just about learning new skills (although anyone that handles a firearm on a frequent basis should strive to always learn and perfect their technique!) it’s also about reemphasizing the basics and resetting bad habits. The firearm you own and possibly carry does you no good if your skills are not developed enough to use it accurately and effectively. Train hard and never stop learning!

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