All of my classes are primarily from the USMC. Infantry rifleman, Recon, Scout Sniper Basic, Urban Sniper, Ariel Sniper, CQB course, VBSS (boarding ships and boats) along with a little teaching of those things to others while in and also as a civilian in again, limited capacity. I have not taken bookoos of civilian courses because… well I was asked to help teach, and upon that learned that what former JSOC guys are teaching is the exact same stuff everyone who is well trained is teaching. As far as civilian concealed carry classes, its a joke and we all know that. Its a legal briefing at best in my opinion. So I personally will not dump money for regurgitated information as far as shooting is concerned as an individual. I train for a few different things on my own and occasionally with others. I focus on marksmanship and mechanics. Draw stroke, presentation, and trigger control as fast as possible while not sacrificing an acceptable hit. I work with my every day carry and also in a plate carrier and pistol belt. Fitness is key to survivability in my book so I almost always have COFs that involve running or moving weight followed by making acceptable shots. Anything less than in the chest cavity or center of a face is considered a miss. I (and sometimes others) also work room clearing for active shooter response because you may be by yourself without a team. I emphasize being able to make precise shots with both pistols and rifles and my personal standard for shooting handguns is to always be able to make headshots at 25 yards and body shots at 50. Rifles 0-100 in the lethal triangle, and 0-300 to the body from any position you would find yourself in. This is what I strive to do of course, I dont always nail it by any means. For one really important lesson learned, dont be so dependent on a firearm that you suck with everything else. You should have good situational awareness, know how to fight on your feet, on the ground, with knives, hammers, and literally anything you can get in your hands, and finally, how to treat bleeds and traumatic wounds.I've been lurking on the boards for a while but just now starting to post. I'd like to tell you something about myself. Not to toot my own horn, but merely to point out that I have a particular perspective about defensive firearms training. Please take what I'm about to say knowing that I do so humbly. To start with I was my unit's marksmanship instructor for about 8 years, USAR. I shot competitively in local action pistol matches for 10 years. I have taken 13 defensive firearms courses over the years and I've lost count of how many rounds I've put downrange. I'm no spring chicken.
I taught a church security group for 4 months. We did range time twice a week for 2 hours each time, I've assisted in teaching numerous other classes. Good enough.
I find that a LOT of people who get a permit to carry concealed have only taken the state-required education. And that is true on all three states that I've possessed a permit for. Here in OK the guy that did the class, I was in finished with us in about 6 hours, a far cry from the required 16 the state says is the minimum. I wonder how many people got abbreviated classes.
Once I started training, the most important thing I learned, was how much I didn't know. And the more I learned the more I came to realize that there is no end. The journey, training and practice never ends.
How many training classes have you been to? Do you plan to go to additional training this year, (despite the high cost of ammo)? When you practice, do you practice with a purpose? If you have been to classes, what do you feel the most important thing you learned was?
I make no claims at being an expert or a professional. But I am a serious student and I'm pretty dedicated to training and practice. While my daughters are grown up and married with kids of their own I still have my wife that I am responsible for her safety as well as my own, and now we have visiting grandchildren. The world seems to be getting more and more crazy so I don't let up, don't slack off much on training and practice. My wife is reasonably accomplished with a handgun as are my daughters, but that makes no difference in what I view as my responsibilities for their safety.
I'd appreciate any feedback on the questions I've posed.