If you are up for pistol training, then you need to be prepared. Here are some guidelines for you. This aims to assist the start of your journey towards pistol use proficiency.
Before the Training
Bring an open mind. You may have a background in guns but taking the course is a conscious recognition that the instructor knows more. Be prepared to absorb critically the instructions/lessons you will receive from the training. Know that your willingness to learn skills can actually save lives in the future.
Follow the instructor’s advice on what tactical gear to bring. Such includes your gun, ammunition, and the like. For pistol training, you may need a holster. You may also need knee pads, gloves, eye/ear protection, and other protective items. Find out ahead what is appropriate for your class.
Ensure you have a notebook and pen or any note-taking material that can help you recall your lessons.
It is equally important to bring hydration bottles like water or drinks with electrolytes and snacks/power bars. You may also opt for sunscreen if the training will be daytime or outdoors.
Bringing a basic first aid / boo-boo kit like band-aids and other items for smaller wounds can be helpful as others may have items only for serious incidents like tourniquets and pressure bandages.
If you have enough time, read basic firearm lingo beforehand to expose you to the terms you may encounter on the training.
Plan to be early. If the venue is some distance from your home, plan your transportation and lodging.
During the Training
Expect to learn the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely.
You will be introduced to pistol parts and operations, shooting fundamentals, and gun safety, among other topics. There will naturally be discussions/demonstrations on pistol marksmanship, different pistol firing positions, gun cleaning and storage, as well as, various pistol shooting activities. Usually, students will have the chance to use the firing range and demonstrate firing positions through practical exercises.
The extensiveness of the lessons will greatly depend on the instructor and the training provider so it is important that you choose wisely.
Remember to be attentive, observant, and participative. Be inquisitive if the situation calls for it. Maximize your learning.
After the Training
The work is not yet done. I strongly suggest that you keep up on your shooting skills. You may opt to visit any firing range or look for other training opportunities to develop your skills. You may also consider joining the NRA and keep abreast of related news.
Importantly, remember that as a firearm owner, you must always exercise responsible and safe gun handling.
Please take note that this article is not exhaustive. Better to pay attention to the reminders from your firearm expert or training provider. You may add your own pointers as you move towards advanced training.
I hope this aids you in your preparation for the training, eases any concerns you may have, and helps you focus on the essential instructions/lessons.
Want to have a glimpse of an actual pistol training? Just recently Invictus International, which I am a part of, held a 2-day pistol training. You can check it out on Erik Lawrence VSS YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdw4MTQdtWg).