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One Class for 3 Levels of Preparedness

One Class for 3 Levels of Preparedness

People who never bother with formal training will never take the time figure things out on their own. They have all the preparedness of a guy with one karate lesson wearing around the karate clothes feeling invincible in their own mind. Don’t let that be you.


Seeing what the average person needs in order to perform well in a critical life-death situation the class we design is to meet the requirements of most shooters to survive an encounter. The class is divided up into 3 levels,

  • Introduction to Shooting,
  • Level I
  • Level II

It is a reflection of 3 levels that shooters can choose to prepare to the level they want to commit to.

To put it another way, the three levels of training are 1. Critical Skills, 2. Important Skills and 3. Advanced Skills. You have to decide the level of preparedness you want to achieve and be willing to invest in yourself.

Introduction to Shooting = Critical Skills, 1st 90 minutes.
This is for students who either have no idea what they are doing or have an idea but no real formal training on the basics of how to shoot a handgun. It is also a class that more advanced students should take as a refresher to make sure you are really doing it right. You go through this class to get to Level I & II.

This class will cover:

  • Knowing how to safely handle your pistol and the 4 rules of gun safety
  • Range expectations for a safe environment
  • Understanding the proper grip and motion to be in firm control and know you are doing it right
  • Trigger control
  • Sight alignment
  • Recoil control for follow up shots
  • Basic malfunction handling
  • Reloading

All of these are absolutely critical skills that will need to be developed or “anchored” after the class with practice and repetition. If you don’t do this you will come close to wasting your time.

Think of it this way, what would you think about someone who said, “I want to take a karate class so I can be better equipped to handle an attacker. One 90 minute intro class should do it, right?” What are the odds you’d give that person in a fight investing that little of effort into learning karate? Can you simply take a class or two and be ready? Doesn’t it take a few trips to the dojo to practice, or in home routines to bone up on the lessons taught?

Yet that is the frame of mind of the average shooter, even those with a concealed carry permit. They’ve never had formal training on the critical skills needed to survive beyond luck. They will never bother to learn much more than how to strap it on.

Level I = Important Skills, 2nd 90 minutes
Once you have an idea of the Critical Skills we can now proceed to an understanding of the mindset necessary to prevail and learn other important skills.

  • Trigger Finger Control and Pull
  • Grip management beyond the basics
  • More refined recoil control
  • Efficient and safe draw from holster
  • Quickly coming onto target
  • Rapid shooting in close quarters
  • Drills to work on after class
  • Quick reloading
  • Drawing from concealment

I’ve seen more than a few students who have never tried to run their gun from concealment get themselves all tangled up in their jackets, shirts, poorly thought out equipment and poor gun handling. There are simple ways to do this that work well but unless you are taught it can take years to really figure it out.

People who never bother with formal training will never take the time figure things out on their own. They have all the preparedness of a guy with one karate lesson wearing around the karate clothes feeling invincible in their own mind. Don’t let that be you.

Level II = Advanced Skills, 4 hours
Advanced is a super relative term. You really can’t get too advanced in one day. Advanced is the basics mastered and until you have the practice time to really anchor the skills above you will not have it down. In class I teach the fundamentals of Advanced Skills so you will have the direction you need for personal practice time. Don’t mistake the two.

During this segment we start learning

  • How to move off the X,
  • Drawing on the move
  • Reloading on the move
  • Rapid reload drills
  • Honing in on smaller targets, aim small, miss small
  • Timed shooting exercises to understand skill levels
  • The use of concealment, cover and motion
  • Instructions for further practice

So how much training is enough. To put a number on it, I’d say 60 hours of formal training with practice will put you in rarefied air of what’s needed. Would 60 hours of training be enough for an army rifleman? Good to go?

Remember, if a bad guy has a gun and is ready to use it on you, odds are it’s not his first gun fight and he has won all his past fights. It will probably be your first fight. You need to be the most prepared.

Here’s the importance of practice and dry fire exercises. If I’m going into a basketball game, what would do me the most good, 100 shots on basket a week ago or 10 shots just before the game starts? The answer is obvious to anyone who has shot baskets. Not that last weeks 100 are unimportant but you will be a poor shot without doing the last 10. Only recent practice can keep you instantly sharp and it’s ongoing.

I can tell you most gun owners and carriers will never ever be committed to competence. Set yourself apart by being there with competence both for you and your family. Lives depend on it.

See you at the range.

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