Sunday, July 24, 2011

Got Training?

A common theme I've seen on several gun forums is that some members wear their training resumes like a badge of honor for all to drool over in awe, it gets kind of old.

Now all that being said, while I will not fall over myself over one's training history, I will give them kudos for getting out and getting it done. Most permit holders in states that require training will seek out the bare minimum and call it good.

My wife was talking with a contractor working on our house and some how the topic of carry came up and the contractor revealed that he was a "carrier" and my wife informed him that we offer some intermediate classes etc. to which he replied "school's out" and went on talking that he didn't need any more training as he's "got his" and that's good enough... State mandated training is a check mark, not a bench mark and the bare minimum is probably not "good enough" if you think there's even the slightest chance you may have to use your firearm. In some states there is no training requirement and those that carry have no training what so ever.

I will not go into the argument regarding training requirements as there is a fine line in my opinion regarding sensible requirements and an actual infringement of one's rights regarding bearing arms etc.

Any way, a forum member recently asked where we find out about all these training classes etc.,  if you're looking for an intermediate to advanced class, here's a list to start with, start clicking and bookmarking:

APC Applied Protection Concepts, Inc. Training Specialists/Consultants
Defense Training International, Inc.
F.I.R.E. Institute
Dynamic Shooting Systems
Firearms Academy of Seattle
Grey Group Training
I.C.E. Training
InSights Training Center - Gun and Combat Training
Vickers Tactical
Langdon Tactical Inc.
LMS Defense
Massad Ayoob Group
Midwest Training Group
Pistol-training with Todd Green
Sig Sauer Academy
Suarez International
Tactical Defense Institute
Thunder Ranch
U.S. Training Center
Viking Tactics

This is nowhere near a complete list of what's available, but it's a darn good start.

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