I am always talking about
people who don’t train enough, and those who think they are training, but are
not. People simply do not understand the
concept of training and what it really means. Bob Harvey of the South Florida Gun School
addressed this issue last week in an article published in Ammoland. I am borrowing
some of his ideas here.
There is a major
difference between education and training.
For instance, most of a Concealed Carry class is education; learning
about safety, the law, how firearms work and fundamentals of marksmanship are
all education. Actually, gripping the
firearm, getting a sight picture, properly manipulating the trigger, and follow
through are the rudimentary beginnings of training. Having done this a few times does not constitute
Training means undergoing
formal instruction, discipline or drill, and becoming fit, qualified or proficient
for a test or skill. Training is
something that is difficult to do alone. The best way to train is to submit yourself to
the discipline and drill of an expert instructor. This will get you out of your comfort zone,
push you to work harder than you would work by yourself, and force you to
become accurate in places and situations under pressure, including clearing equipment
People tell me they go to
the range to practice all of the time.
It is true they do, but they usually practice what they know and they
cannot apply uncomfortable pressure to themselves. This isn't reality. Neither is operating in a class, but it is
Qualifying in a
marksmanship program exhibits your ability to meet a standard. The problem here is that some people are
satisfied to meet the minimum standard. This
is wrong. Individuals need to push themselves
to meet higher standards and reach to the highest standard possible. It is important to realize in an actual self-defense,
your marksmanship skill will degrade.
That is why we have classes of marksmanship to recognize and encourage
people to strive for the next higher standard. These classes are (moving from lowest to
highest), Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert, Master and Highmaster. In a stressful
situation, it is much better to degrade from an Expert rather than from a Marksman.
The mere achieving of the next class up in itself does not guarantee anything,
but it does show diligence and study, which has merit. It also shows that the individual is willing
to operate at the edge of their comfort zone. Competing in a league or competition also
helps people learn to operate under pressure.
Leagues and competitions help make the operation of your firearm
"second nature," a condition that can give you a real advantage in a
contentious situation. As I have often
mentioned, a defensive situation is a lousy time for on the job training.
I encourage everyone to take
classes. There are instructors such as
Massad Ayoob, John Farnham, and Midwest Training Group who teach at the ISRA
Range, but there are also lesser known instructors who provide excellent
classes. Classes range anywhere from a
few hours to several days.
The election of Donald
Trump emphasized how much is on the line when a President of the United States
is elected. The Supreme Court of the
United States was at stake and the future of the Second Amendment rode with
it. We tend to think of the big things
but we cannot overlook the entire picture.
The appointment of lesser bureaucrats can also wreak havoc on our
freedoms. An example of that is
Director's Order 219 issued by Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife appointee,
under the Obama Administration. Order
219 banned traditional ammunition, meaning any ammunition containing lead, from
being used on federal lands. Ashe's
order included lead sinkers. This was
clearly an attack on the hunters, target shooters and fishermen in the United
States. The new Secretary of Interior,
Ryan Zinke, reversed Order 219 on March 2, 2017. Secretary Zinke also opened more federal lands
for use by sportsmen. Director's Order
219 is an example of thousands of "regulations" that are nothing more
than a noose around the neck of American citizens. The purpose of these regulations is to promote
a political agenda in a most insidious way.
Remember that every time there is an election.
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I would like to
congratulate Tremont Sportsman’s Club for being a 100% ISRA affiliated club;
all members of this fine club are ISRA members.
I would like to encourage other affiliated clubs to follow this path.
Thanks for being a member.
For more information, visit www.isra.org!
Care & Maintenance of
the Ruger Mark I, II, III, and 22/45
March 18, 2017
Basic Pistol Instructor
Lead Training – Phase 2
Care & Maintenance of
March 25, 2017
Women on Target Pistol
Clinic at Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club (sponsored by ISRA)
Defensive Carbine Class – Instructor John Newman
31, Saturday, April 1, Sunday, April 2, 2017
DTI Inc. Basic Defensive
Handgun Course – Instructor John S