If you’re one of the countless firearms owners that has not yet come to the place where you acknowledge and appreciate the tremendous benefits of training, this blog entry is not for you.
However, if you’re among the rapidly growing ranks of responsibly armed citizens interested in developing and expanding your skills and abilities, you’re are probably already somewhere along the path of searching out good, effective instruction. I applaud your decision and encourage you to continue along this path of developing and honing a skill set that could save your life someday, and/or the lives of your loved ones.
As a professional firearms instructor with years of training military, law enforcement and responsibly armed civilians, I’m generally in the front of a classroom, or instructing others on the range. For me, this isn’t a “job,” but rather a passion. I’m passionate about the subject matter, and I’m passionate about imparting knowledge safely and effectively to others. This does not preclude me, however, from continuing along my own path of learning and growing and developing my own skill set.
The motto of any good instructor, in any field, should be “once an instructor; always a student.”
When searching out qualified, competent instructors, beware of the individual who has it all figured out, and is no longer teachable – because they already know it all. I can tell you from personal and professional experience, you do not always get what you pay for. It’ll always be up to you, the student who is also the customer, to do your homework and know who you’re considering investing time and money into, so they can invest time and knowledge into you. There’s a lot to be said for experience, but experience alone doesn’t cut the mustard. There must also be a solid, instruction-based, hands-on course where you’re able to participate in a lot more than listening to war stories.
The contemporary student has a tremendous advantage in the firearms training industry today, as compared to fifteen or twenty years ago. Today, there are numerous training entities out there, large and small, that all have something to offer. It’ll still be up to you, the paying customer, to discern and sift through who you believe has the most to offer you for where you’re at along your own, personal path, but your options are typically many. I encourage anyone who attends any of my training courses to continue training. Take more classes, with me and the Diamondback Training Division, or elsewhere. But keep training. Keep striving to improve. Build and develop a broad training foundation.
When I worked as an Instructor at Front Sight in Nevada some years ago, I was impressed at not only the amazing diversity of the backgrounds of the Range Masters and Senior Rangemasters there, but also in how each Range Master had a tangibly different way of teaching, sharing and coaching. I gleaned from them all, as I learned and developed my Front Sight Instructor skills. Years later, I’m no longer a Front Sight Instructor, but I appreciate my time there where I learned a lot. Just as I appreciate skills and knowledge gained in the Airborne Infantry, and serving as a sworn patrol officer, and in training armed contract security personnel. I’ve had many instructors along my path, and some of them taught me a lot. Some offered very little. But along my path I went. I enjoy instructing, and as I mentioned, I’m very passionate about it. But I’m also passionate about learning. I stay hungry. And like food, I like to devour knowledge from many different sources. Eating the same meal day in and day out gets old.
This is a primary reason why I’m proud to be playing Host to a couple of upcoming training courses that will be presented here in Tucson by OTHER training entities. In December of 2015, we’ll be hosting the Alias Training group and their 2-Day Covert Carry/TAPS handgun course. In February of 2016, we’ll be hosting the award-winning Dave Spaulding for his 2-Day Combative Handgun course. Both courses will be held right here in Tucson, which is nice! I’m confident more courses presented by other training entities will be coming soon too.
Not only am I excited to host these two training courses here in Tucson, but as an Instructor with over twenty years of experience, I’m excited to be attending these courses – as a student. For those of you who are serious about your training, and serious about developing your skill set, I’d like to invite you and encourage you to get out and train regularly, frequently, and with as many programs as possible. Across America now days, there’s a veritable buffet of quality, reputable and worthwhile training programs from which you can “dine.” Get out there and enjoy as many as you can!
For questions about any of our Diamondback Training Division courses, or the upcoming courses we’ll be hosting, you can check out our site www.dbacktraining.com , our Facebook page: Diamondback Training Team, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stay safe, and stay trained.