11 Sep Top 5 Questions You SHOULD Ask Before Coming to a Class
Sometimes… I just scratch my head in amazement.
You see we get a lot of folks coming through our classes and we see a lot of interesting stuff in regards to gear and training philosophies. So… In an attempt to clear some otherwise muddy water… We have complied a list of the top 5 questions that SHOULD be asked before coming to a class. This isn’t a shot at anyone… just an observation from four years of training with some great folks.
#1: What Gear Do I Need?
Ok so here’s the deal…. we recommend that you use whatever gear you think you will need to fit your given mission profile. What does that mean for you? Well if you only keep a handgun in the house for home defense, you probably don’t need a plate carrier, rifle grade ceramic plates, an OpsCore Maritime FAST helmet with a Wilcox NVG mount, or a PVS-14 night vision monocular. (That doesn’t mean that you don’t want them…. we know the feeling) But you do have to ask yourself if you can justify running around all day in full kit if you literally never leave your house with your gun other than to go to the range.
You can get more value out of testing and validating the gear you will use on a daily basis. Shoot the gun you carry, not the safe queen that will shoot minute of a nose hair at 50 yards because you want to show off at a class. Wear the kit you will wear when things get a little… weird. We have a lot of LEO’s and military servicemen who train with us and we tell them the same thing: Wear/use what you will wear/use at work.
#2 Do I Really Need All That Ammo?
If you have to ask this question… then I would buy some more if I were you…
We don’t really “burn it down” in our classes. Most of the drills and skill builders are designed in such a way that you will be firing quality rounds versus quantity. However… We do shoot more than the average bear when we train. These classes aren’t your NRA style, sit through a powerpoint, take a test, and then fire maybe 100 rounds. We believe in getting good repetitions in on the proper techniques.
But more ammo is never a bad thing, right?
#3 But its Cold/Rainy/Hot/A really nice day….
Your point is…..?
Listen… You don’t get to pick the moment when you have to fight for your life. That moment picks you. Having prior knowledge of what your mind/body/gear will do in particular conditions is a very good thing. You’ve already seen it and formed the mental pathway to success.
That being said:
If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training. Embrace the suck a little and find out what effect less than ideal conditions will have on you and your kit.
#4 How Often Should I Train?
From a business perspective: Every day and Twice on Sunday… with us!
From a realistic perspective: However much will meet your training goals.
We understand that you can’t hit the range every week but there are things you can do to help with that that are free. That being said we recommend that if you can budget out at least one class a year, you will be in better shape than if you didn’t train at all. Just keep in mind… skills are perishable and need to be honed.
#5 I Hit a Wall in My Training… What Now?
This happens to us all. We work a particular skill set to a point where we find that we plateau. The best thing we can suggest is to break down what your performance measure is and what you want to improve on. Get yourself a timer and break in to your split times. I mean really dig in to them and find out where your inefficiencies are and then work those skills to smooth them out. Speed is a byproduct of efficiency. Concentrate on improving where you are inefficient and you will see gains.
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