Our police department holds a Citizen's Firearms Training Class at least once per year and I try to go every other year just to keep up to speed on any local/state laws, hear interesting questions and answers and of course, to shoot under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. It's taught by the department's LEO firearms instructors.
What's interesting is that each year, about 30+ people sign up, but only 4 - 8 show up for class. This time over 40 people showed up! It was great to see so many folks wanting to protect themselves and thier loved ones.
We had to reschedule the shooing to next Saturday morning due to the heat we've been having, but here's the big take-aways I got from the class:
1. Shoot unitil the threat stops moving.
2. Dead men tell no tales.
3. Be wary of the phone camera environment. The altercation you're involved in may be recorded.
4. If you shoot someone, you better make sure you were in your right to do so!
5. Lawyers have tons of time to 'Monday morning quarterback' your seconds of terror...
And... both instructors said they'd rather carry 4'' .357 revolvers on duty than their .40 Glocks!!!