The Firearms Trainer

Okay, you bought a firearm now what?  

You must learn the rules of the road.

You have to learn to shoot safely and well, and

you must learn when you can shoot and

when you must not shoot.

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Firearms Law and Regulations

Firearms laws and regulations are the rules of the road for firearms owners.  A responsible firearms owner should know and understand the portions of Federal Firearms law that apply to his or her daily life and the portions of the state firearms laws and regulations of those states where he or she dwells or routinely spends time.  It is important to mention that the state laws  and regulations vary substantially from state to state. For example, Nevada firearms law does not mention firearm storage and Massachusetts firearms law does.

Failure to comply with the applicable laws and regulations can involve fines and/or jail time.

Please, Please do not get your information on gun laws from the guy at the gun store, your local police or the guy next to you at the range.  He/she may well know less than you do.




Self Defense

The laws governing self defense and the possible use of lethal force are very complex and vary from state to state.  This is one area that is not covered by Federal laws.  It is important to note that self defense only involves the use of lethal force a small percentage of the time.

A self defense plan may involve some combination of the following actions:

  • Awareness and listening to your inner self (pay attention to the hairs on the back of your neck)
  • Avoidance
  • Verbal
  • Physical (Mental, unarmed, and/or armed)
  • Legal aspects, and
  • Moral aspects

It is significant  to note that self defense is the most common reason that people purchase a firearm and the area that people get the least education and/or training.

Please, Please do not get your information on self defense from the guy at the gun store, your local police or the guy next to you at the range.  He/she may well know less than you do.


Shooting Well

There are three (3) main elements involved with shooing well.  They are Marksmanship, Manipulations and Mindset. 

Marksmanship  includes all of the physical and mental  activities that result in getting an accurate hit on the selected target. 

Manipulations are all of the administrative activities that we do to keep the gun running.  Some of these manipulations are loading the gun, unloading the gun, and fixing malfunctions.

Mind Set is principally an aspect of Defensive Shooting.

We believe that there is no single best way to shoot a firearm, and ,certainly no single best way to teach. We do not care whether your stance is Weaver, modified Weaver, Isosceles, or modified Isosceles. The important thing is that you do it well.

Please, Please do not get your information on how to shoot from the guy at the gun store, your local police or the guy next to you at the range.  He/she may well know less than you do.


Some thoughts on Firearms Training

In general, firearms trainers and instructors have not done a good, or even an adequate job of explaining why gun owners need any form of training.  I will strive to do a better job of explaining my thoughts of why training is highly desirable

First, you must understand that there as two aspects of learning that are needed to achieve a level  of competence in any endeavor.  These two aspects are education and training.  Remember when you were young and attended Driver's Education.  First you attended the classroom portion and studied the rules of the road.  This was the education portion.  Once this was completed, you attended the behind the wheel portion which was the training portion.

No matter what area you choose to pursue, there are a few adages and/or sayings. I am going to get this taken care of with these two wise thoughts.

  • "Buying a piano does not make you a musician and buying a gun does not make you a shooter or a marksman" (Source is unknown)
  • "There is no such thing as an advanced gun fight" (Source is John Farnam)

In the firearms training community, there are a number of types of courses, such as:

  • Firearms familiarization classes,
  • State mandated classes required to get "Concealed carry Weapon" permit or licenses,
  • Classes covering firearms regulations and firearms laws.
  • Classes to learn a shooting sport, and
  • Self Defense Classes.

Why students that always, or sometimes, carry a firearm do not take classes has been discussed many times.  Kathy Jackson at the Cornered Car web site (www.corneredcat.com) and Jim Conway in a thread at  Northeast Shooters web site (www.northeastshooters.com) asked this question and received a large number of responses, which can be summarized as follows:

  • I do not need any stinking tactics ,
  • it is a guy thing,
  • I took a class once and hated it,
  • A guy at a gun shop or guy at the range said that taking a class could get me into  legal problems,
  • I do not think that I am good enough, and
  • What is in it for me?

A quick review of the six responses shows the the first four are simply excuses.

The fifth response is worth commenting on. As an instructor, I have faced this concern many times.  I have gone to great lengths to assure that students are placed in the correct class for their skill level.  The only problem that I have had was caused by a student bringing his young son to a class without letting us know.  We allowed the boy to enter the class and, as it turned out, he did very well.

The final response is not an excuse in any way.  The problem here is that the instructor has not adequately communicated the benefits of attending the class

The best way for me to respond to this concern is to describe the benefits that  I got from attending my first class.

  • First and foremost, I entered a community of like-minded people, that have become friends and  of great assistance to me over the years.
  • While I had carried a firearm for a number of years, I learned that much of what I believed was not correct, was not true or was incomplete.
  • In a very short time, several of my shooting problems were corrected forever
  • I learned that firearms instructors did  not have a drill sergeants mentality and were fun to be around
  • I learned that classes were very enjoyable



by Jim Conway