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!

The Walther PPQ & PPQ 45! Better than I expected?

Well, today I met the US Vice President of Sales for Walther Arms, and one of the Engineers from Germany, Peter Dalhammer. They were visiting the academy to speak to GPD and others about what it is in firearms that Americans and especially American law enforcement is looking for any problems we have found in our current weapons systems (Glock).

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Well after listening to all the typical issues with Glocks we have found over the years, we went out to the range to shoot the new Walther handguns. WOW! Talk about nice firearms and easy to shoot and accurate! I have not shot a Walther in a long time and I see I have been missing out on a few things. The ambidextrous slide stop, the magazine release and other things about it were just really nice and well designed. We shot the Walther PPQ & PPQ45. What a really nice firearm!

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The angle of the grip seems more natural than the Glocks I am used to (and own!) You do not have to adjust your wrist angle to make the firearm level and line up naturally on target. It just does it automatically when you raise the weapon to eye level. The extended and enlarged slide stop/release is VERY nice! Makes using it 100% easier than my Glocks.

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Accuracy is not an issue, they were all dead on. The takedown is really nice also, much easier than the Glock is. So for those who are learning to clean firearms and also shoot a nice solidly built handgun, these are top notch! We may be getting a few for T&E and if so I will be doing a much more in-depth write up of the weapons systems and how they perform.

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Shot with the Walther PPQ 45. Now when we get some to test, we will do a much more in-depth exam and test for you and post the results here!!

Barnes Tac XP EDC carry rounds!

Well, we had a Hornady Law Enforcement ammunition gel test shoot this morning. Very cool stuff. Learned a lot about the performance of bullets through various barriers and saw how they did first hand.

The nice thing was got to shoot my personal self-defense rounds I loaded myself at the gel tests, and they performed better than I even expected. Perfect formation, huge cavity and 100% weight retention. 185 grain Barnes Tac XP .45 bullets, sitting on new Starline Brass, CCI primers and Longshot powder. And this is what they looked like after 1 into bare gel and two into heavy clothing barriers and then gel. I think these are a keeper for my EDC carry!

A Cop’s Perspective on The Top Ten Concealed Carry Firearms

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By Chris Wagoner:

When asked what I thought were the top ten concealed carry firearms, I thought about it and realized that you really couldn’t pick ten guns to be “the” guns. Each person is different, and has current styles and needs based on life factors that will help decide what gun is best for them. There are a few things people need to consider before they go out and buy a firearm for a concealed carry weapon. You have to consider your size (not the firearm, but your physical size), your experience with firearms, your lifestyle, and your clothing choices.

If you are really considering carrying a firearm for self defense, or one for your home or vehicle, you need to do a few things first. You need to learn your state’s laws on self defense, home defense, and defense in your vehicle. You need to learn to shoot and become proficient in the use of your firearm. You have to know you can use it while under stress, and once you can do that, you should not stop learning and training with it; your life may depend on it. Find a local firearms trainer and a local gun shop. Try out a few different firearms and different calibers. Find one you like, that you can shoot well, and that you will actually carry.

Read the rest of the article here…