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Training

Training Overview

Making the decision to become an armed citizen is a big deal. More often than not, I hear of people wanting to obtain their concealed carry permit “just to have” or because its “cool” to carry a gun. People do not realize that having a concealed carry permit is the largest liability you can take on. There are endless potential repercussions from another citizen calling the police to report seeing your gun when you were reaching to the top shelf at the grocer, to pulling your weapon on a criminal, to the liability of every bullet that leaves your weapon should you use it in public. There are some key things that I believe must be kept in consideration with becoming an armed citizen. One of those is training. I have attended too many concealed carry classes where the participants could barely land 5 shots, slow fire, on a 8×11 piece of paper with no timer, standing still. Apply those same skills to near death experience, adrenaline pumping, moving target, and as fast as your adrenaline yanks the trigger. The result, a liability. I’ll have to find the exact quote, but it’s been referenced in many classes I’ve taken, “We do not rise to the occasion, but rather sink the level of our training.” The lesson? Train, train, train, and train some more. And once you are trained, keep training and practicing. Training equates to real life application of defensive handgunning, not standing still doing bulls eye practice once a week.

Training Tips and Resources

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IDPA and USPSA are the two largest competitive pistol organizations. Both organizations offer a safe and competitive atmosphere that will both challenge and develop your skill sets.

As an armed citizen, competing and/or participating in these types of organizations will greatly enhance your confidence and firearm skills.

Many gun clubs and local ranges offer informal leagues and shooting events. To enhance practical shooting skills that an armed citizen may encounter, any events that involve moving while shooting, malfunction drills, one handed/off handed shooting, target acquisition and the like have the most real world application.

Do not be intimidated to get started! The gun owning and competitive shooting community accepts new shooters and new competitors with open arms. Seek out some experienced shooters and they will be happy to help you get started. Send an email to the event coordinator or range office to introduce yourself and ask for information and advice. Once you show up to your first event you will find that most of the shooters enjoy helping out new participants.

DISCLAIMER: NOTHING ON THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE! WE ARE AN INFORMATIONAL RESOURCE– NOT LAWYERS. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO CONTACT A RELIABLE ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE PRIOR TO ARMING YOURSELF FOR DEFENSIVE PURPOSES.

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