Your Permit Is Only As Good As Your Training

Woman learning Firearm safety

Years ago, when I finally took action on my desire to get my Concealed and Carry license, I spent the morning looking on line trying to find the right person to take this course from. When I googled my area I ended up with 41,000 pages of info. Needless to say, I narrowed my search. Out of the 25 instructors that I reduced my search down to, only one of the them required a holster for the class. I had found my guy. Even for new weapon owners, this should seem like a no-brainer. Since then, I have taken over 50 students from my Krav Maga classes to him. I have also sat through the C&C class three times with my students and taken several combat shooting courses from this coach. Why? Because the permit in you pocket is only good as the training you receive.

Think about it. You feel the need for personal protection and decide to get a handgun. After spending a Saturday learning all the laws and regulations mainly about what you cannot do and where you cannot carry, you then put 25 rounds into a target and that gives you the confidence to carry your weapon in your waistband. I don’t think so. Finding out what you can and should do is just as important as what you should not. Even with a good instructor people often lack the confidence to walk into a store with a blaster on their hip. They feel self conscious and expect the bag boy to sound the alarm on them and for moms to run screaming and grabbing for their kids. Training and education is the key to help with this anxiety.

I have found in life that there are two kinds of people in the world. Those that prepare for the storm and those that hope for the best. When I train my students in hand to hand combat classes, I instill in them the mindset of not ‘if’ their worst day happens but ‘when’ it happens, I want them to be prepared. This same sort of approach should also be taken with a firearm. If I am staking my life, or that of my family’s on my ability to deploy my weapon under stress and to then make judicious judgment on targets, an investment of time and training seems again like a no-brainer. Nothing helps apprehension better than experience and education. When considering carrying a weapon, prepare yourself by seeking out training that matches your goals. If self-defense is your priority then being able to bridge the gap of time of when you perceive a threat and when you can draw and fire your weapon should also be one. A good coach can help with this. Timed drills and the stress of making decisions while going through a ‘shoot house’ might even become your favorite past time!

I am a strong advocate of the Second Amendment and I truly believe that our right to bear arms should not be infringed. However, I always strive to be the kind of person that people pray for during a worst case scenario. Being that person requires training. Rory Miller said it best with, “The only defense against violent, evil people are good people who are more skilled at violence.”

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Michael Brown is a former U.S. Marine and a Firearm Safety Instructor. He is also an instructor of Krav Maga and a 7th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.