4 Key Aspects Of Firearms Training For Self-Defense

4 Key Aspects Of Firearms Training For Self-Defense by Weston Hawks – The Survivalist Blog

I have been around firearms most of my life and in the past 6 years, I have grown to love shooting and learning about them. This year I have started a journey of becoming more proficient with them. I am going to share the four aspects of firearms training as I see them.

Before I get started on the four aspects there are some guidelines that I would like to lay out to make your training more beneficial.

  • First metrics, if you don’t have a way to track your improvement that you don’t know if you are improving. This can be like 5 shots out of 5 on a 3×5 card at 15 feet. You can then measure your improvement my moving the target back
  • Second, a shot timer. While there are $150 shot timers out there, I just use an app that I have downloaded on my phone. I use “shot timer” on the iPhone because it allows me to record my times and leave notes so that I can write them down later. Unfortunately, I don’t have an app for Android that I like but there are plenty of free ones out there so just try some!
  • Lastly a training journal. I keep one in my range bag so that I can keep track of the metrics that I am using and see where I am improving and see where I need to focus on in upcoming training.

Take a Training Class

This is an often-overlooked part of firearms training. A lot of people have grown up around firearms and think they know all that they need to know. This is not true, there is a saying that I have heard recently from the hosts of The Arms Room podcast, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. These guys are firearms trainers and run a company in Arizona, so they have a good understanding of training. I have taken two classes in my adult life, and both times I left understanding more about the use of firearms. The last one was a defensive handgun class, where I learned new ways to use a handgun in defensive fighting, and I was pushed to limits that I don’t push myself to in my normal training.

Taking a training class is often not as expensive as buying a new gun, my class was under $150, but people with a safe full of expensive firearms will refuse to take a class because “it cost too much”. If you have never taken a class, or even if you have but it has been awhile, maybe hold off on buying that new gun that you “need” to have and take a class! Heck drag your spouse or significant other with you so you both can learn.

Now I know that there are going to be people that say “I was in the military so I don’t need to take a firearms class. I was taught all I need to know”. Well, I was in the Marine Corps Reserve as an infantryman and I KNOW that they don’t teach you everything. Heck I never touched a handgun during my time in. There are also people who say “my father/mother/cousin/whatever was a cop/special ops person and they taught me how to shoot, so I’m good I don’t have to take a class”. My father has worked in Law enforcement my whole life and he taught me how to shoot when I was very young but I still learned a lot from taking classes. This is not meant to brag but show that a lot of the excuses for people to not take classes are not valid.

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Over the years, I’ve studied all facets of survivalism and have learned what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t. My calling is to teach others how to become better prepared for an uncertain future. My books and articles are based on real-world experience. You will find helpful tips, guides, and checklists – focusing on a very modest budget.