Guns and training are both tools that everyone needs in their personal toolbox to protect themselves and their loved ones. Let’s face it the world isn’t a pretty place and it’s really not getting any better. A firearm is worthless without the proper training. It’s truly a game of chance and akin to pin the tail on the donkey when it comes to marksmanship without training. Unfortunately all too many people buy a weapon and feel they are ready to take on the world. What’s worse is that in today’s political climate people are buying guns, getting concealed carry permits, and carrying everyday with minimal or no training. To many that is pretty insane. We require driver’s education and testing to drive a car, you have to pass a state exam to sell insurance, real estate, or a myriad of other things that won’t kill someone.
My point is that because it is our second amendment right to own a gun, so we have the ability to buy one and are expected to have the good common sense to get training. For some unknown reason, most men think that because they are “men” they “know” about guns. Let’s set the record straight here, just because you are male doesn’t mean that you know everything that you need to know about guns. I have been around guns and various weapons for the better part of two decades. I’ve shot just about everything except artillery. Guess what, I just requested a fellow instructor to give me more training. He’s been in the business for a long time and I realize that he has forgotten more than I know about guns. Does that make me less of a firearms instructor? HELL NO, it doesn’t. It makes me a more competent instructor because I can learn new and different methods of teaching as well as refine my skills.
If you are going to spend your hard earned cash on a gun, which are generally a minimum of $500 these days, why not spend a tenth of that on an NRA class as a start for training? If you prefer, one on one instruction is more that worth the money. In four hours time you can become very familiar with your weapon and learn all the basics or even polish up on skills that have gotten a bit rusty. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these skills are diminishing. I was recently humbled so I know from experience.
You’ll find out that the more training you get the more that you’ll want. It’s enjoyable and flat out fun to play with guns! The more you learn the more prepared you are to defend yourself and family, so not only are you having fun, you’re developing a real skill that is life saving. It’s not about how expensive your gun or gear is, it’s about how well you put what you have to work when the crap hits the fan. The cheapest gun out there is still better than a sharp stick or rock as along as it’s reliable. Training isn’t a fashion show or battle of egos (read wallet size). Training is about being a responsible gun owner and developing a skill that deserves as much or more attention than your job or hobby that you’ve put so much time and energy into.
It doesn’t matter what skill level you are, there is still more to learn. There will always be someone out there that has more or different experience that what you have. My entire adult life has been spent carrying guns, but I love learning. Get some trigger time, burn some gun powder and if you can do it with friends and family. It’s a great way to bring everyone close and keep ’em safe. Until next time, I’ll see you at the range .