HGR 055 -Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham, proprietor of the Personal Security Institute and Paul Carlson, proprietor of Safety Solutions Academy, to discuss a recent training class they held together, and to get the perspectives of the trainer and trainee when it comes to defensive handgun training!

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We are going to skip the Week in Review and head straight into the Main Topic

Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Earlier this month, Grant held a Defensive Revolver Fundamentals training course with Paul Carlson at Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio. Paul hosted Grant, but also took part as a trainee in the course. We have both gentlemen here with us tonight to discuss the different perspectives and what they have learned that will help you get the most out of your defensive firearms training.

General Questions:

1.) What are some of the most common misconceptions people have when they first show up at a training course?

2.) How specifically do you structure your training time? Do you place more value/emphasis on “classroom” time as opposed to range time or do you prefer to have an equal amount of both?

3.) One thing I have heard over and over again from a lot of people is “I just don’t see the value in paying for training”. How do you overcome that sort of mindset as a trainer?

4.) Do a lot of the training techniques/methods cross-over to several different disciplines or do you have to tailor a lot of the training to the specific platform you’re instructing on? (i.e. revolvers, semi-autos, rifles, shotguns)

5.) How can an instructor maximize the value of the training, especially with the current up and down ammunition shortages we seem to be experiencing?

Trainee Perspective:

1.) Having an open mind as a trainee is definitely one of the most important things when attending a course. What other things are very important when attending a course as the trainee?

2.) What sorts of things should the trainee look for when choosing an instructor?

3.) Are there any types of training that people should avoid? (i.e. situations where the risks of the training outweigh any perceived benefits.)

4.) As the person spending the hard-earned money on training, what sorts of things would you like to see more of in the courses that are offered around the Country?

Obscure/Nonexistent Gun we want:

This is a new segment where we get to pick a gun that is obscure that we want simply because we want it, or a gun that isn’t made that we want to see made. Money is no object and this is purely a thought exercise so have fun with it!

Ryan: I still am waiting for Ruger to make me an LCP in .22 LR

Grant: Authentic Biathlon Rifle

Paul: Integrally Suppressed S&W M&P 15-22


Until Next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!