How Realistic is Your Firearms Training?

Identify Point Fire

As Active Combat Focus Shooting Instructors and Members of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors, Jolyn and I are Instructors who are avid Students. We continually evolve our knowledge, driven by the latest research from various sources, so that we can bring the most up-to-date information to new members of the personal defense community. We are not committed to be “all-things-for-all-people”! We only focus on personal self-defense!


This Blog post…….”How Realistic Is Your Firearms Training?” was inspired by 2 separate sources of motivation……..(1) from what we see and hear daily at Indoor Ranges and (2) information that we see constantly being published by and from credible, respected subject-matter-experts in the personal defense community.


Firing Range Comments/Discussion Points:
1. Regardless of the characteristics of a Shooter’s target, the shooting cadence is usually the same….either very slow (because they think they have all the time in the world) very fast (so that they can get it over with);
2.They have their CCW Permits/Licenses, but very few are training with a holster;
3.The Shooters are standing and practicing at a 3 foot wide Range Stall, shooting at 2 dimensional targets in a straight line under “ideal” conditions without any “stress”;
4. They are practicing without any sense of “urgency”;
5. When their gun is empty, they nonchalantly reload their gun in a haphazard way;
6. I don’t like going to an Outdoor Range because it’s too hot;
7. I don’t like standing next to another Shooter with a large caliber gun because the shells may hit me in the face;
8. I don’t like to carry my gun with a round in the chamber; I also must have a manual safety on my gun;
9. I have self-defense ammo for my gun but I haven’t fired any rounds in my gun because the ammo is so expensive;
10.  I purchased my handgun so I can protect my family at home; my wife is afraid of guns;
11. If some wants to rob me with a gun, I will give them what they want because then they won’t harm me or my family;
12. If I’m armed and I’m attacked, I can’t kill them,I’ll just shoot them in the arm;
13. We have a great ADT alarm system at the house; no…we don’t activate the alarm at night when we go to sleep;
14. We have a beautiful 4,500 square foot house on 1 level; we don’t have any panic buttons for our alarm system.
Sample Articles Published in the Personal Defense Community:
These 3 sample Articles are just the tip-of-the-iceberg of knowledge that is published on an on-going basis by credible sources in our Community.
As you read these Article, we would like you to consider this working definition of Training and Practice that was recently published by Aaron Cowan at Monderno:
“…Training is the process of receiving professional, peer reviewed instruction from one or more subject matter experts in a structured and empirical manner. Instruction provides the proper fundamentals and application of the skill(s). The instruction and tutoring allows the student to develop a frame work and strategy to address and solve problems within that subject at a level commensurate with the instruction. More than mere memorization, proper training teaches the student to conceptualize and create new techniques and tools to address real-world situations”. “For firearms, all training should be conducted with reality in mind”.
“….Practice is the continuous and correct repetition of trained skills, concepts, and principles under end-user created conditions to maintain proficiency. Proper practice is adherence to the guidelines and fundamentals of a technique or skill without dogmatic replication of drills or specific circumstances that hinders free thinking”. “For firearms, practice is application of personal skills on a situation, problem or technique, not a circumstantial environment”.
Please let us know what you think about these Articles
Identify Point Fire
Aaron Cowan Why Reality Based Training is Critical
Identify Point Fire
Mike Seeklander The Concealed Carry Trap
Identify Point Fire
Lee Vernon Training: Are You Fooling Yourself


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *