Instructors, trainers, and educators all seem to be an exchangeable term within the firearms community. Unfortunately, if you’ve been within this industry long enough you will quickly see they are anything but the same. An educator or teacher has an invested interest in your abilities to grow as a student. If they’re only worried about their own name, company or glory they aren’t someone you should be wasting time with. In this second edition, we’ll conclude with the final characteristics that you should take into consideration when learning lifesaving skills.
When the majority of gun owners are looking for a class to take, they usually throw it to the wayside if it’s outside of “x” amount of miles from them. Without a doubt firearms classes can get expensive, and even more so if you need to add in driving/flying distance and lodging. What it comes down to is how bad you want it and how important it is in your hierarchy of priorities. Defensive educators can’t be everywhere and won’t come all the way to you if it’s not financially feasible. So what can you do? The answer is simple yet difficult for many to grasp, reconfiguring your priorities so that you’re able to save financially for the class. Do you really need those cigarettes, that coffee or to go out to the bar? If you truly want something, you’ll find a way to get it. Traveling for a class may be time consuming and may at first not be financially suitable, but you can only do so much from behind a keyboard. By traveling to new places and meeting new people, you’ll not only grow your skillset but possibly put names to the faces that you’ve only talked to online. You’ll end up walking away more confident in your abilities, as well as with some new friends. To truly test yourself, you must constantly put yourself outside your comfort zones. Traveling to new places and meeting new people will accomplish that.
Beyond all else, the biggest thing to take into consideration when selecting what class to take is the context of what you’re training for. Everyone wants to take the course that’s trendy and aesthetically pleasing, yet it may not be the one that directly applies to your day to day life. With that being said, you should at some point take courses such as long distance shooting or “shoot house” type classes to gain more confidence in your weapons platform. This should only be accomplished once a fundamental baseline is established. You can only train the fundamentals long enough until something more advanced is necessary for growth. There’s only so much time in a day to dedicate to training our mind and body. How we spend it, comes down to what our weaknesses are as well as what we value for overall survival. Is a long range dedicated class more important over taking a class that involves entangled pistol shooting if you have a typical 9-5 job in an office? It’s 100% your choice how to spend your time, money and effort in any which way you see fit. Just don’t forget to look at the bigger picture as to what exactly you’re truly training for.
Teachers and educators are becoming a dime a dozen in the shooting community. When it’s all said and done, you need to narrow down exactly what you need and how to get it in order to get your money's worth. Don’t get sucked in solely by materialism and showmanship, look at a deeper level and intellectually understand the reality of being taught subpar skills when your life and the lives of your loved ones are on the line.