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Recency, Frequency, Value

  • 2014-12-19 18:00:07 by Eric

    Should you ever become involved in a self-defense shooting, whether it be on the street as a concealed carry holder, or in your home defending yourself and/or your family, one of the prime elements in which both prosecutors and defense attorneys will be keenly interested once you've gotten past the basic "what happened"... will be your training.  They'll more than likely be looking at three key elements; the recency, frequency and 'real-life' value of your training.

    How much formal firearms training have you had, and by whom? In terms of recency, when was the last time you trained with a firearm, and was it simply a standard range session, or was it with an instructor learning defensive shooting tactics and skills. How frequently do you train?  Is it on a regular basis?  How regular?  And finally, what kind of training do you do?  Is your training simply "putting holes in paper" at a range, or was it "contextually" based (as much as possible? When was the last time you reviewed the self-defense laws of your state? Was it since the last time those laws have been changed?

    Depending upon the answers to those and other questions, attorneys on one side or the other can take the answers to either paint you as a trained and skilled law-abiding citizen seeking only a means of protecting him or her self or, and insufficiently trained and unskilled individual who acted recklessly.

    Some may argue that they "passed" their concealed carry certification; however, having attended and "passed" that only says that an individual can safely handle a firearm, and has been briefed on the laws of the state.  It in no way, in any state of which I am aware, are you trained sufficiently to defend your life (or the life of another) in a lethal-threat situation.  In some states, there is not even the requirement to prove you can actually fire a firearm, and the actual concealed carry course can be taken on-line.

    Remember the three key elements for your defensive training regimen: Recency, Frequency and Contextual Value of your training.  Try to take at least a 'refresher' class at least once a year if not a class to further your defensive knowledge and skills.  Train at least once a month for a few hours and insure that the training is more than just simply "putting holes in paper". Find a training partner to train with you, one of you acting as a coach while the other fires to catch and stop the perpetuation of bad habits.  Find an instructor who gives defensive shooting related workshops where you can do contextual shooting drills to work on such things as presenting from concealment while moving off-line and firing on the target; combat and tactical reloads, clearing stoppages, moving to cover, presenting, firing, reloading and clearing stoppages with your support hand only, and more. 

    Remember, in the final analysis this is not about simply having a permit and a gun; it's about your, or perhaps a loved one's life! If you don't want the last situation you'd ever want to be in... to be the last situation you are in... train. Come see us; we can help.

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