Training? Why would I need training?
Training? I don’t need no stinkin’ training!
There are roughly eight million people in the US with concealed carry permits. Many have had professional training, many haven’t. In Indiana, we’re blessed to be more-or-less, a ‘shall issue’ state, meaning that as long as you pass a background check, you shall be issued a license to carry a handgun.
This also means the Indiana lawmakers realized that Hoosiers were responsible enough to go seek out training in order to be better and more familiar with their firearms, as there is NO TRAINING REQUIREMENT in order to get a license to carry a handgun. As a 2nd Amendment advocate, I believe this freedom is wonderful. As a firearms instructor, this makes me cringe.
The scary thing is the number of people who think they know what they doing when handling a firearm. You may think taking lessons from an instructor is a waste of time, but consider this..
Paper targets rarely move or fight back.
We’ve got the equipment to do Force-On-Force training, and we’re even inviting Suarez Academy to come in and provide a true fighting class where you’ll engage our instructors in mock gun-fights. Do you have what it takes to survive an event like that?
Spouses make terrible instructors.
No matter what your skill level, don’t teach your spouse how to shoot. It hardly ever ends well. Take it from me… Married for 15 years and tried teaching my wife how to shoot once. After we both calmed down and several hours of marriage counseling, she took her first firearms course without me. It would have been cheaper if I had just paid for the instruction to begin with! Now we shoot together and enjoy it!
Do you know how to handle your firearm?
When was the last time you dry-fired your firearm or practiced malfunctions? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had a customer come in to shoot and had a stovepipe or double-feed, with no clue how to clear it and make it safe again. We’re always happy to help, but we won’t be there during a gun fight to help you out… and the person getting ready to harm you isn’t going to stop just because you’ve had some sort of malfunction.
Tight groups don’t mean jack, Jack!
There’s something about hitting that bulls-eye that just makes you feel awesome. Like you’re an expert at your craft. Now try that when an instructor is calling out commands, you’re moving, drawing, and shooting at the same time. Standing and shooting at a non-moving target, while fun and a great way to hone your marksmanship skills, won’t prepare you for a real-world encounter.
Grandpa taught you everything you know.
Grandpas, Dads, and even Moms are great teachers…they’re full of life experiences and knowledge, so it would make sense that they could teach you about firearms. But, there have been many breakthroughs in firearm design over the years (remember the the ‘new’ polymer gun, made by a small company called ‘Glock’ in the 80’s? ‘Plastic handguns would be all the rage,’ they said! Yeah, right! Ha!)
Stance, grip, and draw have all been reinvented since Grandpa first started shooting. Our professional instructors are constantly learning the latest techniques and implementing them at the range. If you don’t learn something from one of our classes, let us know and we’ll refund your money.
It’s the responsible thing to do.
Training SAFE and RESPONSIBLE gun owners is what we’re all about. You didn’t learn how to drive a car without Drivers Education. It’s not enough to have the gun and put in the closet for that just-in-case moment. Shooting is a perishable skill, just like any other sport. You have to practice.