Three Reasons to Attend A Reputable Shooting School/Course of Instruction For Gun Handling
Unfortunately, as an attorney who tracks, studies, and dissects deadly force cases from across the Country–and handles a number of “what if” cases that becomes real, I find a common thread running through most questionable deadly force cases. Obtain and maintaining a CCP and having a handgun is the beginning and end of consideration for many gun owners.
Time and again, this proves a recipe for disaster for an accidental discharge to unlawful use of deadly force. There are no do-overs. Put bluntly, taking a quality course of instruction in weapons’ handling may decide life or death and/or who loses his or her fortune or goes to prison.
For first timers, there is no excuse. Even the oldest and most credible gun training facilities, such as Gunsite inArizona, offer course throughout theU.S.In fact, most states have multiple types of quality instruction. It will be a life-changing circumstance – the moment you reach the awareness you know you don’t know.
Really? In even short courses, most participants will make the following three life-changing observations viz-a-vie self-defense carry and deadly force:
Civil and Criminal Firewall.
Almost down to the last person and training facility, all highlight the uncertainty intertwined with complexities of a split-second decision about anything, particularly the use of force. Range time, sending each round down range with purpose. Insights of instructors have been there and done that.
And coupled with relentless attention to the conscious choice to shoot, from pressing the trigger, to follow up on target, build up a de facto civil and criminal firewall to future civil litigation and criminal review.
For instance, the concept of “sympathetic squeeze” will enter your mindset – a situation where the stress causes the drawing in of the body and clinching of a fist that may lead to pulling the trigger and shooting off a round when it was not intended.
The result is more awareness and fewer chances that in the face of danger, you make a mistake. Did you know this? Willing to take a chance? Build a civil and criminal firewall to litigation by attending a shooting school. Make copious notes and conduct a post mortem. Learn, train, refine. Repeat.
In the literature and introductory materials for most shooting schools, there is somewhat standard verbiage about bringing a solid, well-made, dependable gun. This seems obvious. However, it is almost certain in a class of first timers you will see fellow students shooting (or wanting to) one or more different guns or carry configurations.
This is why you practice – to find out what works or does not. A well made gun may not be a good gun for you. The double/single action, if that is its configuration, may be too complex for stress fire and effective, consistent shot placement. This wringing-out of guns and/or gear is ideal at training (although it does minimize learning) by dozens or hundreds of rounds fired in practice and is unmatched by any substitute.
Stance, Grip and Fire Control.
Proper stance and grip are essential to fire control. Putting the muzzle on target and consistently hitting it are art and science. A basic to advanced shooting class focuses on these fundamentals and builds on them by repetitions and refinements of basic stance, grip and the like.
If you think this is holding the gun and pulling the trigger, this is anything but the case. This is perhaps the biggest surprise of a shooting school. Mastery of just this concept puts most ahead of the rest of the shooters in the carry-for-personal defense category. Hopefully, this will avoid being in such a situation. A task far better served in most cases by sworn law enforcement officers with immunity.
If you have not thought about attending a shooting school, this is as vital as a good gun and a license. Think of it as a life-changing opportunity, or indeed, an educational step that may save your life, fortune or the life of someone else, from a loved one to a stranger on the street. Think you cannot afford it, think again. You cannot afford not to have the training.
This blog post is written by Bryan L. Ciyou, attorney at law, author and lecturer on gun law issues. It is not intended to constitute legal advice or a solicitation for legal representation. Bryan L. Ciyou, and Ciyou &Dixon, P.C. only practices in state and/or federal courts where admitted.