Firearms Training Should Include Shooting a Real Firearm!

OK I have to say I am just a bit astounded and disappointed. I just discovered someone I thought was a reputable, stand up instructor of firearms is actually teaching concealed firearm carry license classes where the students do not even shoot real firearms as part of the “firearms” training class.

Now I am all for teaching as many law abiding citizens as we can to properly and safely carry firearms for self-defense. I do not believe that getting a license should be required to do so, it’s a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. But I also am a responsible adult and if I were new to firearms I would want to get trained and become educated on the firearms basics. Part of that would of course include shooting a real firearm.

Having taught firearms to law enforcement officers for more than 25 years and also citizens for a good portion of that, and still teaching them both, I know that you cannot teach someone how to shoot a firearm without shooting a firearm. Sure you can teach the laws, the fundamentals, how to do just about everything without shooting a firearm, but you can’t teach someone how to shoot a firearm without shooting a firearm! There is a huge difference between shooting a real firearm and say something like an plastic pellet or BB type pistol and a real handgun that goes bang.

Part of proper training with a firearm includes learning about how the firearm functions when you shoot it and becoming comfortable with the noise and action of a real handgun. The noise, the recoil, the grip and more are all different with real firearms. You must shoot a real firearm to experience that and become comfortable enough to carry one for self-defense. And malfunction training requires a real firearm.

Also I have enough experience training people in firearms to know that you cannot teach a large group of people a basic firearms class in just a few hours. The Basic Handgun class I teach takes at least 8 hours for a large class and that includes a couple hours on the actual firearms range shooting actual firearms.

I guess this bothers me so much because I realize that the people taking these classes at gun shows and from others where you do not shoot a real firearm are being done a huge disservice and it’s more about the money than proper training. Just remember you usually get what you pay for, a $20 couple of hours course verse an all day training session on a real range with real firearms is no comparison.

Don’t let the first time you actually shoot a real firearm be when you need it most, to defend your life or the life of another. Get training with real firearms and learn the right way. And just think of sitting in a courtroom and saying that the training you got for your concealed carry license didn’t require you to shoot a firearm. Might not go over to well with the jury or judge.

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Group of “teens” attack bystanders with hammers and “bars” at light rail station in Minneapolis.

There are many obvious reasons this was not covered by the MSM. I will leave it up to the reader to decide why this did not make national news since it seems every mass attack on people does as long as it involves a gun or can advance the agenda of the MSM.

On May 17th a group of 8-10 young males attacked people waiting for the light rail train near the University of Minnesota. The UMPD responded and held several juveniles. The police reports can be found here: http://bit.ly/2WjFvn4

Some may wonder why if people were attacked why non one was charged with it. Well there is a possible reason for that: http://bit.ly/2WjFvn4

Folks listen. You either are or are not willing to protect yourself. If you are not just take the beating and call the police. Give them your hard earned money and valuables, and don’t complain. Or stand up for yourself and defend yourself and those you care about. And for some of us that includes innocent strangers.

Tired of the victim mentality and whining that there are to many guns when people fail to realize that without them, this kind of thing will not only become common place but a regular thing. Time to take your personal safety and responsibility into your own hands and stop relying on others who are only minutes away when seconds count for your life!

The internet is good for some things, but not for telling you what firearm is best for you!

Recently on a Facebook group I read and follow a well meaning person asked the group in general what type of handgun she should buy. She gave a little bit of info in that she was a shorter in stature female but that was it.

And of course the responses were many and varied as greatly as the types of firearms recommended. And some of the responses are just plain bad advice.

And while some of those are great suggestions, Firearms are not a one size fits a certain sized person. Also some handguns are not made for concealed carry or for personal defense although almost all will do that if you have it in your hand at the time.

If you are looking at getting a handgun first what are you getting it for? Learning to shoot a handgun? Self defense at home or to concealed carry? There are many factors that go into what you look for in a handgun and to be honest, the internet and complete strangers is not the place to look for help.

If you are looking for a handgun or wanting to learn to shoot a handgun, go to a reputable gun range or gun store. Or find a reputable firearms instructor that you check the references or reviews on and get them to show you different firearms. DO NOT buy a firearm you have not shot the same model on a range! Handguns can look and feel very different. But until you actually shoot it on the range, you can not know how it feels in your hand and how you like or dislike the way it functions. Not all handguns are created equal.

So if you are new to firearms or handguns, do not take advice from the internet. Find a real person who is a professional and knows what they are doing when it comes to handguns or training.

Once you do decide on a handgun, make sure to get training in how to use it properly and how to shoot it. Remember why you were getting it in the first place. Isn’t your life (or the life of your loved ones) worth the time, effort and money to do it right?

While I have to say, retirement is not really retirement..it’s realignment..

After the passing of my beautiful wife Carla to cancer in February I didn’t think I would be able to function on any level. And to be honest I am still adjusting quite a bit. I had to retire a bit earlier than I had planned from supervising the law enforcement academy at Santa Fe College where I had been doing so for over 22 years to care for my 20 year old autistic son and our home and pets. But I digress.

One of my favorite things that I got to do while working at the academy was teaching basic firearms to law enforcement students. After retiring in Florida you have to sit out a year before you can work for a state organization again. Silly, but the law. Lucky for me one of my former students, and former local deputy changed careers a couple of years ago and started a local gun shop and bought the local outdoor range. It’s called Shoot GTR (www.shootgtr.com) He asked me several times to teach some of the classes they offered and it was hard to work it into my schedule while working full time and also caring for Carla and other personal things.

But that has all changed. With my free time now I can schedule the classes he wanted me to teach. And boy have I been surprised. I like teaching citizens/ civilians as much as I like teaching police recruits. I have found the people that pay to take a full comprehensive full day long concealed carry class really want to learn and improve. Many then go on to take some of the advanced classes that we offer.

They very greatly in age and shooting experience. I get them from 20 years old to 70 something. And with no shooting experience at all to lots of experience. I have even had the “anti” gun person in my class and she did fairly well and in the end was not so anti anymore.

So if your in the North Florida Area near Gainesville, and want to take a Basic Handgun Course to get your CWFL or even if you already have it and want to take some advanced training, check out our offerings. The range is being improved on all the time and includes 13 separate ranges, with one 200 yard rifle range.

Hope to see you out on the range practicing!

But no one ever uses firearms to defend themselves or save lives! It just doesn’t happen, or so says Shannon Watts and Moms Demand Action. Ya OK.

—April 1, Mullan, Idaho. A domestic violence incident ended badly for the male attacker after his female victim defended herself by shooting him in the face. The man survived and is facing charges of domestic battery and attempted strangulation. The woman was hospitalized with her own injuries from the altercation, but escaped with her life.  

—April 3, Duquesne, Pennsylvania. An elderly taxi driver picked up a passenger who, during the ride, proceeded to pull out a gun and demand money from him. The passenger didn’t know that the driver had a concealed carry permit and was armed with his own handgun. The driver shot and killed the passenger in self-defense.

—April 5, Tallahassee. Police responded to calls about a shooting, but arrived to find that the injured man was actually a would-be armed robber who had demanded money from his two victims while threatening to shoot them and their dog. One of the victims, fearing for his life, used his own gun to shoot the man in self-defense. The man was treated for his injuries, then charged with several felonies, including armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.   

—April 7, Largo, Florida. Two good Samaritans stopped to help the victim of an apparent hit-and-run driver, only to have the man pull out a box cutter and threaten them. One of the good Samaritans was a concealed carry permit holder and shot the man in the leg in defense of himself and the other individual with him. Incredibly, the armed good Samaritan then used his belt as a tourniquet to treat the man’s wounds until medical personnel arrived. Local police said the good Samaritan acted in lawful self-defense.

—April 8, Chicago. A 78-year-old homeowner found three men using a crowbar to break into his house. When one of the robbers raised the crowbar to smash the glass door, the homeowner—who has a valid Illinois firearms permits—shot him, sending all three scattering. The homeowner told reporters that shooting another human being was a hard decision: “I didn’t feel good about doing that, but he would have gotten me with the crowbar. If I get hit with something like a baseball bat, or a crowbar, [I] ain’t gonna make it.”

—April 10, Shasta County, California. After his brother brandished a firearm and threatened their mother by firing a round into the air, Jeffrey Snyder confronted him in their garage. When the brother advanced toward Jeffrey and pointed the gun at him, Jeffrey drew his own gun and fired several rounds, striking and wounding his brother. Deputies interviewed several family members and determined that Jeffrey acted in lawful self-defense, indicating that the brother will face criminal charges.

—April 14, Louisville, Kentucky. Tina Burton’s neighbor broke into her home, entered her 12-year-old daughter’s room, and stripped down to his underwear. Burton alerted her boyfriend, who then yelled at the man to leave and began hitting him with a broom. The man was undaunted and reportedly growled at the boyfriend before getting into a physical altercation. At that point, Burton handed her boyfriend a firearm, and he shot the nearly-naked intruder, who fled and was later arrested by police.

—April 16, Hampton, South Carolina. Despite living less than a block awayfrom the local police department, a homeowner was forced to rely on his Second Amendment rights to defend himself against a home invasion after two men broke into his house. The homeowner shot both of his attackers, one of whom died at the scene while the second was captured by police a mile away.

—April 22, White Center, Washington. A homeowner shot and killed a manwho broke into his house in the early morning hours. Police released the 911 recording, in which the terrified homeowner whispers information to the dispatcher while the intruder can be heard smashing items in the background. The dispatcher—later praised for her calm demeanor and precise instructions—talked the homeowner through a harrowing 12-minute call. After shooting one intruder who attacked him, the homeowner hid in the closet for another 7 minutes until police arrived because he heard other intruders and feared he was outnumbered.

—April 26, Chicago. A 41-year-old concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an armed carjacker. The carjacker intentionally rear-ended the permit holder, then threatened him with a gun and demanded his keys when the permit holder got out of his car to check the damage. That’s when the permit holder used his own firearm in self-defense.

—April 28, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. After store security systems alerted a small business owner that someone was inside the building after hours, the owner and an employee—a concealed carry permit holder who happened to be armed that night—went to investigate. The armed employee, using his handgun, was able to successfully detain the would-be thief until law enforcement arrived.

—April 30, Bradenton, Florida. A young homeowner saw two men walk onto his property, and then split to approach his front and back door at the same time. As the two would-be burglars attempted to use screwdrivers to break into the home, the homeowner saw that one of them was armed. He then procured his own firearm and fired several rounds at the men, who immediately took off running.

The previous summaries were taken form The Daily Signal at http://www.dailysignal.com.

Florida Legislators let the law abiding citizens down again. And we keep electing them.

Well I guess firearms were not a very popular topic in the Florida Legislature this year (or any year for that matter). While some of these were very negative and dangerous bills for firearms owners some were positive. It saddens me greatly that the House and Senate and Gov. are all one party and they can’t get anything done. Kind like our Federal Govt. Was before this last election. Remember this come next election cycle. Those who did nothing to protect or restore your rights. 
But hey at least Felons get to vote!

SB 500 (2019) Gun Safety
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00500
SENATE – Died in Criminal Justice

CS/SB 598 (2019) Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00598
SENATE – Died in Criminal Justice

SB 108 (2019) Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00108
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 170 (2019) Federal Immigration Enforcement
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00170
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 364 (2019) Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00364
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

HB 403, 1st Eng. (2019) Safety of Religious Institutions
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00403
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 466 (2019) Assault Weapons and Large-capacity Magazines
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00466
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 468 (2019) Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00468
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 654 (2019) Transfers of Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00654
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 752 (2019) Concealed Weapons and Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00752
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 764 (2019) Home Safety
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00764
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 922 (2019) Discharging Firearms in Public or on Residential Property
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00922
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 956 (2019) Three-dimensional Printed Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00956
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 996 (2019) Possession of Firearms on School Property
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00996
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 1532 (2019) Local Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01532
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

SB 1718 (2019) Sale and Delivery of Firearms
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01718
SENATE – Died in Judiciary

So what is anything positive pass? Nope… time for new tactics I think by the people that support the Constitution and the rights of citizens as protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. Maybe time to use the right to peacefully assemble and maybe also to exercise our rights as much as can be done under the current system. Not sure yet, but will think about it and get back to you all. 😉 The least we can do IS VOTE OUT EVERY legislator that could not get things passed with both the HOUSE and SENATE and Governorship in one party! Is there more going on? Of course.

Well after a short time away, I’m back!

I wanted to let those that read this paltry blog and follow my thoughts and articles that I have not written anything for several months for a reason.

The love of my life, my wife of over 25 years, Carla Wagoner passed away from lung cancer on Feb 12th, 2019. I have been adrift for a while. So for a few moths prior to that and a few after I have not been in the writing mood as one can imagine. Well I am trying to change that. Finding my new normal.

I have recaptured the need to write and express myself on various issues and hope that you will come back and take a look, comment and otherwise pass around the thoughts and articles on your own social networks. I have even downsized those to the very basics.

Twitter was nothing more than a collection of false information and people ranting at other people. Nothing was even accomplished. Even when you presented people with facts and data they did not care. Kind of like pointing out to a anti-gunner that while they call for more laws that MURDER was already illegal.

So for now my mantra is “Deus Vult” which translates to God wills it.

So sit back, enjoy the ride and be brutal in your comments and remarks, and as always feel free to email me at chris@chriswagoner.us!