Gun Training After The Class

There are lots of opportunities out there to learn to shoot.

Gun training classes are as plentiful as summer watermelon. You can learn the most practical self defense techniques to hard-core tactical operations. In between are opportunities as vast and far reaching as your imagination and wallet can carry you. Gun training is the easy part.

It’s an interesting phenomenon when looking at the diverse nature of firearms students while teaching a class. All shapes and sizes, races and religions can be represented, but none of it matters because the students will always subdivide after the class has ended. What’s the nature of the division? The nature of continued training once the class is done.

Take, for instance, any basic-level type pistol or rifle course. It has been my experience that the graduates of the class will usually subdivide like this:

  • 50% of the class will most likely do nothing. Whether they own a gun or not, they will not practice with it or embark on any additional training. They take a “that’s it, I passed, I know how to shoot” attitude and the gun gets put away. that’s assuming, of course, that they even own a gun.
  • 25% of the class will continue to practice with their firearms, or actually purchase one and practice to some degree or the other. Usually more in the beginning and as time goes on, less and less.
  • The final 25% become obsessed. The infection sets in and they continue to practice, take additional classes, sometimes even start to compete in matches or leagues. Some even move on to become instructors themselves. These are the individuals who develop skills.

Gun training is not a development of memory – it’s the physical relationship transitioned from memory and repetition.

The point is that no matter where a shooting student falls within this breakdown, the only real way to develop a shooting skill set is to send lead downrange. While I always make it a point to stress that during any of my classes, it’s a tough lesson to put to practical use. Were I to tell the average student to go to the range twice a week for a month and practice the techniques learned in class so that they stay fresh and become part of your shooting system…. I would get blank stares. Unfortunately that is entirely what’s necessary.

It’s basically the same with anything learned that requires memory, some form of dexterity and technique. Prepare a fairly complicated meal from a cookbook. Put the cookbook away for three months and then try to make the same exact mean from memory only. Not so easy, right? Make the same meal twice per week for a month and by the end of the month it’s been etched into your rental lobe and you are unlikely to forget it any time soon (not to mention being exceptionally sick of eating it). It’s the same with gun training.

Realistically, i’m not going to tell you NOT to take a firearms training course of any kind unless you’re planning take off from work for the following month in order to practice. But if you want to get your moneys worth from a class or simply get the value from any type of training, you’d better be prepared to put in the time to develop the skill.

This Jew Shoots Guns

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