If you own a firearm for the purpose of protection, regular practice is essential to ensure that you are familiar and efficient with it in case you have to use it in a high-pressure situation. Gun owners often neglect to do this, and when a self-defense situation arises, failure to practice can have potentially deadly consequences.
The firearm you own will determine how you practice. For example, practicing with a rifle is different than practicing with a handgun. A shooting range is a great place to practice and many have qualified instructors who give individual lessons or teach classes; however, the number of options available can be overwhelming, and you may find yourself unsure about which class or instructor to choose.
What to Ask
As a beginner, you may not feel capable of gauging an instructor’s qualification. There are key questions you can ask to determine which instructor is right for you. Questions to ask in your search for an instructor should include: what certifications do they possess, what is their teaching experience, and what do their former students say about them? The best instructors are constantly continuing their training and will have more than just an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor certification. Experience is another good indicator of an instructor’s knowledge. While it isn’t true that a new instructor can’t provide the same education and help as someone who is more seasoned, experience is valuable. That experience may also allow you to find reviews by former students.
Where to Start
Regardless of how simple you may think an introductory course sounds, don’t skip the basics as an introductory course will lay the foundation for all others. Beginner-level courses teach firearm safety, which is crucial and arguably the most important aspect of firearm training. Once you’ve completed your first class, don’t stop there. You don’t have to try to be the next Jerry Miculek, but the more classes you take, the better you’ll be at using your weapon and using it safely.
Handling, shooting, and maintaining your firearm should become second nature to you, and it will if practicing is a regular part of your schedule. While visiting a range isn’t always an option, simply going through the motions of drawing your weapon, dry firing, changing the magazine,
and holstering at home will prove to be just as invaluable should an emergent situation arise. Your primary concern during any type of practice should be the successful completion of the attempted action and accuracy with your movements and shots, not speed. Speed will come with repetition.
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