So how much training is enough?
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So how much training is enough?
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The thing about "defense" is that it has practically nothing to do with guns. (As passed on by CCW9MM)
An interesting thing to add on this subject is in Connecticut you are required to take an NRA pistol class in order to either get a permit or even an eligibility certificate to purchase a handgun. That means you only meet the minimum requirement of live fire time by using a weapon that you will likely never touch again. It makes you wonder how many people obtained their permit, purchased a handgun for carry or home defense and have never fired it.
Which do you value more, training or life?
Me, I'm glad I live in a state (PA) that values life more than training. There is no training required to get a CCL in PA, there is to get a hunting license, and that makes sense to me. Hunting is optional, self defense isn't. There is even the possibility for the Sheriff to issue a permit the same day. And no permit or training is required to buy a handgun, just being able to pass the background instant check phone call does it. Walk in the store, walk out with a gun, or guns, 30 minutes later if you have the money to pay for it and a clean record.
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Like GunByte said "Semi autos do jam for man",,,, even if yours has
NEVER done it before there is always the POSSIBILITY of a jam.
That is why I love the wheelies,,,, they don't jam and most
gun battles or shootings there is only 1-3 shots fired NORMALLY.
What GunByte said about matches, yup. These are folks who know more than average about guns and gun handling. It's worth the time and effort to shoot a dozen matches for this purpose alone. Some of your more expensive guns are among the more common culprits. Nice and tight, no jiggly slides that so many people equate to low quality or poor accuracy. I've repeatedly seen multi-thousand dollar customs ('combat' customs in one case) have the problems. It wouldn't be funny if it wasn't so funny. OTOH, these guys are there to discover these things there--so it serves its purpose. I've seen revolvers 'jam', too; they are certainly not immune to malfunctions, and I've had revolver experts tell me that.
Folks don't go to matches or the range with the ammo they intend to carry, at least not very often. At $1 a round for the 'magic bullet' ammo so many feel is essential to being prepared for that big gunfight, they never shoot it in practice, or they equate "fired 25 rounds flawlessly!" to being reliable.
Being armed doesn't mean being prepared. If training is a requirement of the state then the state should pay for it. In fact I'd like to see the government offer to pay for basic firearms safety training for anyone who wants it, for any reason. If you do choose to take the training, it must be accepted by the state as meeting the state's requirements. You also have the option of taking a quick evaluation (test-out) if you can demonstrate knowledge of the Four Rules.
The only places where this arrangement would be amended would be places such as Chicago--where the City would have to furnish each citizen a self-defense handgun of his/her choice, free-of-charge, to atone for past transgressions of human freedom.
There--the liberal side of me is now fully-exposed. The government actually sponsors the safety and training of a well-armed militia. Now my tax dollars are actually doing something.
Last edited by Bongo Boy; January 25th, 2012 at 05:23 PM.
As for taking all the time in the world to shoot--I expect 2-3 reasons: not being familiar with the gun, not knowing when it's going to discharge or what it takes to get it to discharge, having a lot of anticipation of it discharging, and feeling obligated to 'shoot good'. Shooting in public is a lot like billiards in public, especially for guys, IMO. There's some sort of presumed expectation that you should be able to do this well--folks have far less fun at billiards that they should because so much time is spent making excuses for not shooting well, when in fact there's no reason to expect good performance without at least some coaching and practice. Same for shooting firearms. It's not really a gift bestowed on American males at birth through divine intervention, but many seem to think so.
I see my post being interpreted in many ways, allow me to clarify.
Let start with the rules for the range. This range does not allow anything but factory ammo. Although cheap ammo may have been used, it was factory ammo.
Three people brought revolvers to the course and they all opted to rent a .22lr for the purpose of being able to carry any type of handgun in the future.
These failures happened to people who presented themselves and having experience shooting and "practiced" regularly.
I can only think that the issues that caused these malfunctions were in fact maintenance issues. Not sure whether it was due to lack of break in or not. I also mention the fact that people were taking their time on the line. Again, this was from 3 & 5 yards (not as someone said, trying to correct me, from 5 & 7 yards). The purpose of the range time is to see that you can put lead down range. The shooting is not scored at all, I was told that you really don't even need to hit the paper. I don't agree with this, but it is what it is.
I am not trying to make fun of people with less firearms experience than myself, I am by no means a professional and I'm certain that others would find fault in things I do. I just noticed that people are wanting to rely on the function of a "tool" that they don't take care of. I suppose this is true in many aspects of life. There are a bunch of people who don't check the oil in their car.
Personally, I prefer to be prepared. I will be diligent with maintenance for anything I must rely on whether it be one of our vehicles, one of my guns, or my lawnmower.
So take this from the thread........ it is important to be prepared. Preparedness is not just carrying a weapon and understanding when you can and can not use it. It is also being responsible enough to make sure that your weapon is "prepared".
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Your points are the important ones, Dave. I'm happy to see that here on this forum the notion that preparedness transcends wearing a gun seems to be a welcome idea. I took from your OP only what you've repeated--not that you're criticizing people for their abilities--just challenging them on their habits and expectations.
We can also hope that carrying will make folks MORE aware of their surroundings, more prepared to recognize sketchy situations and better able to avoid them, not less so.
The thing you have to realize also is that it is training! I would rather figure it out that the gun has issues then, not when my Life depended on it. Lets hope they make the proper adjustments, so that the right people don t get hurt. Insanity is repeating a pattern without change!
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-limpwristing while shooting and most do not realize that
-a dirty gun (this can be prevented/best thing is clean and oil everytime after you shoot or once a week if it is your carry gun)
-a defective gun (not as often but it does happen)
-defective magazine (discovered that recently on my S&W 457 .45 after it had some stovepipes and double feeds/it's worked well since I replaced it with fresh mags)
-poor quality/defective/incompatible ammo (avoid the ones that do not work well on your gun/ex.=Blazer FMJs do not work well w/ my H&K USP .40)
-missing part(s) on your gun
-forgetting that your gun's chamber was empty or loaded with inert rounds)
I remember years ago when I took my Texas CHL course when we got to the shooting qualification there was about 5 or 6 of us that morning. My HK and the Glocks ran fine. (the course is only 50-60 rounds) but one guy had a Browning High Power that kept jamming every few rounds. From what I remember it was a poor maintance issue. I can't remember how clean or dirty that guys High Power was but I do remember a lack of lubrication being an issue. Add that to the fact taht he made a comment that he hadn't picked it up in a few years.
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