Firearms Training and Education in the United States: Weekly Review and Suggestions
Firearms Training and Education in the United States: Weekly Review and Suggestions By
Firearms training and education are among the most needed and least likely part of a preppers knowledge base to be obtained. In many cases, firearms training and instruction consists of little more than military basic training, law enforcement POST training and annual qualifications, concealed permit training, hunter education classes and or basic NRA classes. These by themselves without continuing practice or education are not as beneficial as needed. In fact, it would shock most of you to learn that the average LE officer in the United States regularly fails at least one qualifier in a year, and must take a remake/ practice and pass later.
The largest reason for basic and advanced courses in firearms use and handling is quite simple. If you choose to own a firearm for defense, hunting or otherwise, it is essential to understand something extremely important, a firearm is a tool. It is not a TOY, decoration or accessory. IT IS A PURPOSE BUILT TOOL, it replaces the spear, bow and arrow and long sword. It allows you to defend yourself as a disabled individual (*myself) or as an elderly human or a child. There have been over a dozen nationwide reported defensive uses of firearms ranging from disabled through youth as young as 11 using AR15s, handguns and more since January of this year alone! This is why training is essential. Even if your training is just going to the range once or twice a month and becoming familiar with the firearms as well as the safety precautions involved with the use of firearms, you have taken a greater step than many that carry firearms for a living.
The reasons I do not believe that Basic or POST training is good for more than introductory shooters is simply because I have seen why and how changes are implemented AFTER Basic training and after POST training for LE. Sadly, I have even seen SWAT/SRT (*not all) teams that honestly I would not want to be armed around myself and or my children.
Training must be intensive, ongoing and regular for it to have benefit for individuals.