This week on GGR: Jake, Steve, and Brad talk training!
Welcome to Episode 072 of Gun Guy Radio,----this is the podcast that shines a positive light on the firearms lifestyle. I’m Your host Jake Challand and this is Steve Remy your friendly Law Enforcement officer from Texas and Brad West the Firearms Radio Network’s IT guy. This is your weekly dose of positive firearms talk, without the politics.
Week in Review:
- Jake - Shout out to Jason Schoonover for donation!
- Brad - Exterminating bugs, the digital kind. Snagged 500 rounds of 9mm and a 4-month old back order of 20-round Gen3 pmags finally arrived.
- Steve - I’ve been helping out over at the AR15 podcast since Jake has been taking all sorts of vacation time. Attended rifle and handgun training with a local large department’s SWAT team; enjoyed both aspects although I am still way more comfortable with my handgun (probably based on the sheer amount of training)
Main Topic: Training
- If you carry a gun you should be trained to do so
- Validate your potential trainers through recommendations; not all trainers are alike. Even “highly experienced” trainers aren’t good trainers. Just because someone has a lot of experience, doesn’t automatically make them a good trainer. They must be patient enough to deal with those who need extra time and attention and also be able to articulate their experience into valid training points for their audience.
- Keep an open mind for training. You don’t have to necessarily practice EVERYTHING that is taught if it doesn't work for you especially if you don't agree with it. My motto: “take the good, leave the bad”. Don't get bent out of shape and shut down if the instructor says one thing you don't agree with; I’ve seen this happen before and people lose a lot of valuable information.
- Training doesn't have to be expensive. You may want to consider paid live training if you are a beginner and want to get your basics down properly, but after that, there is a wealth of information online, on YouTube and in commercially available DVDs. Again, you must validate the source of the training so you aren't learning the wrong things that don't work for you.
Dallas/Fort Worth area training: Big Boar Tactical. Visit www.bigboartactical.com for more. Let them know the Firearms Radio Network sent you there to receive an exclusive $25 discount on any training class. Don't forget to check out Big Boar Tactical's aerial shooting experience at www.helicoptersniper.com. What's better than shooting an AR? How about shooting an AR from a helicopter! Check out the video below to see what it's all about - you'll also see Brad from the Firearms Radio Network during the two-story hotel shootout simulation lighting up some steel silhouettes!
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