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Advice to heed if you’re new to training with a firearm

6 June 2017 by Online Carry Training

We see many people within the shooting community/industry emphasize the importance of getting educated and trained in the proper use of firearms. However it seems that more often than not a large amount of these people talk about training with a firearm within the context of tactical/defensive shooting or techniques and not many discuss the importance of training “fundamentals”. Usually people allude to the importance of “fundamentals” only in brief passing with something to the effect of; “yep…definitely important to train the fundamentals”….and then its back to talking about clearing your house, or using a handheld light with a handgun…

Don’t get me wrong, these things aren’t bad and Im not advocating that you don’t seek out training in these different, more tactics oriented, and still probably very relevant areas of training with a firearm…Im just saying, maybe not yet. It seems that a large part of the community loves to talk about all these different tactics and defensive training techniques but it comes before most people develop a skill level that allows them to make the most of those learning experiences.  I cant tell you how many classes Ive been too where people are dressed down like operators(mind you these are more often than not civilians that simply carry concealed) but they have a very weak base of fundamental shooting skill. You can see this affect their ability to learn as they still have part of the conscious mind being pulled back from whats being taught(how to hold a light with a handgun, how to move, how to communicate, etc.) because they are still in a place where they have to focus on the basics of holding the gun, watching the sights, not moving the gun as they are firing.

I think it becomes tempting as you get into learning to shoot, to very quickly think that you have graduated from learning these basics; how to hold the gun, holding the gun still as you are firing, a stance that maintains your balance while firing, etc. But it’s the work that you put in on these basics, grinding them in to a level where they become autonomous that will allow you to still shoot well when you’re calling your brain to focus on other tactics or techniques.

One of the most interesting observations ive made in attending different classes besides what I mentioned above, is that the people who always seemed to perform the best, were people who had consistently worked on the fundamentals. Most were involved in competitive shooting in one form or another and were consistent in their dry fire practice. Its those that put in the work on these basic skills that tend to be heads and shoulders above others. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the tactical stuff is really fun(and again, just to re-iterate it IS very important too), and dry fire every night for twenty minutes doing draws, reloads, target transitions….it gets old real fast, but its where people solidify their skill.


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