Since I haven’t published my firearm defense book as of yet, I want to plant this seed prior to completing the book, so if a comparison were to be made between the book and what I’ve said, it will match when verified.
I have been training for a long time. Have trained well over 100k students of all walks of life. I learned a lot from my students and other instructors and continue to adjust to new information, but not ‘new’ tactics.
Some people/businesses use the word: ‘Tactics’ to draw civilians into their range/classroom and charge them more. Please take a moment and look up the word Tactic in the dictionary, then come back. Go ahead…I’ll wait.
Welcome back, now that you understand what the word tactic is, you’ll understand why I dislike that word. Deadly situations requires one to remain dynamic, if they want to survive. You pre-planned for tactics may no longer apply to the ever-changing situation. If you do not embrace that, you are in big trouble and probably won’t survive the encounter.
Too many instructors believe their way is the ONLY way and will only teach that information. They do so without putting the most important thing at the very front of the focus…the students. Each student is different and a good instructor would know and live that fact. However, that is not currently the case.
Many instructors force-feed information into their students for a couple of reasons:
-To boost their ego
-To make them feel like they are the best of the best instructors
-They truly believe in ONLY the information they teach
-They’re fearful to be proven wrong
Aggression will follow when an instructor is told that they have provided information incorrectly. But think about this…are they students or fellow instructors coming to them for a class? That’s correct, it is going to be a room full of students who attend the class to learn how to shoot their firearm.
Sadly, many people will leave a single ‘defensive’ class and believe they are ready for a gunfight. This is a deadly mindset…and I don’t mean deadly for the armed criminal that shoots up the restaurant we are all in. I mean deadly to those around this individual. I have met entirely too many people who believed they were ready for a gunfight and I put them in a course of fire, they do really poor on a target stupid-close and still say “I’m good” or “I would do better against a real person”.
Please understand if you cannot hit a paper target, when your brain knows it is never going to be a threat, with precision accuracy under stressful conditions, then you have little chance in surviving in a real-world situation.
I’ve seen ‘pros’ who compete that put out poor information online, which is deadly to those who want information and believe that a competitor MUST have great information if they are successful in competition. Again, those targets are not going to ever provoke a stressful situation where one would fear for their life. This isn’t to say these competitors all put out bad information, but I am saying that some are definitely putting out information that I would deter others from listening to.
I say all of this, not because I know it all or I think I know it all, I am saying this because I evolve with my students and desperately need people to embrace their deficiencies. If you embrace things you need to work on, practice good training techniques and conduct practice at home without ammunition, then you will grow your skill exponentially, but you have to practice. You cannot shoot once a year and consider yourself proficient.
Egos will get many people killed. Saying they are a tactical instructor doesn’t make them a good instructor, nor a knowledgeable instructor, nor a good teacher. If your instructor shoves information down your throats and refuses to accurately explain something you didn’t quite get the first time, that should show you that you may be in the wrong location for proper teaching.
Each person is different. Each gun is different and just because your friend loves a certain gun, it doesn’t mean that pistol would fit your hands properly, or the caliber is perfect for your control. My book is going to be honest and filled with the lessons I’ve learned over the years through my students and my failures on the range. Failure brings forth solutions when the person who failed remains diligent in learning what failed and what was needed to be successful.
Always remember: if you are attending a class it is because you want to learn. If you walk away feeling like you didn’t learn much, or your confidence in your abilities hasn’t risen, then you now know that investment was poor. Do your research and find out the best investment opportunity for you and pursue proper training.