Good training that makes you think
Was wondering if there are those of you that want to share some really good training storied, great instructors or such that helped you become better at not only shooting, but with thinking things through also.
Here is one I had years back.
One of the training classes I was sent to by my department had the following drill, all carried out in as safe a manner as possible. There was a drill instructor practically glued to your back to ensure you do not screw up and hurt yourself or someone else.
We were video taped for critique later, and believe me, the tapes don't lie.
We were taken out of a closed room with loud music playing one at a time so we could not cheat and know what was coming up.
You start unarmed - Drop and give 25 pushup. Jump up, run 25 yards and back, then 25 more pushups. This is to get the stress levels up and heart pumping.
Now you are "Handed" two weapons by the instructor but not allowed to check their condition: your own pump shotgun in your hands and the instructor shoves your own pistol into your holster.
Unknown to you, the shotgun only holds two rounds. The pistol is on an empty chamber with a full magazine.
You run up to the shooting zone that has been occluded from your sight and have to engage all dangerous targets. There are five targets out of ten that have various weapons. The dangerous targets MUST be neutralized.
Of course you engage with the shotgun at the farthest targets.
Oops, you only had birdshot rounds (maybe you did not reload after dove hunting? Better aim well and hope the steel target drops. If not, you have to re-engage. Suddenly you are holding a stick that magically did not drop a steel target like you thought it would. If you do NOT throw it to the dirt you will be doing lots of punishment pushups later.
Out comes the pistol. POP POP dead round.
You have to clear the weapon and re-engage.
Needless to say, there were lots of officers and deputies that stared blankly at the still standing steel targets when the birdshot failed to drop them. Many raised their hand with the dead round, waiting for someone to call "Range Safe", many just looked around dumbly, some stared blankly at the weapon.
Meanwhile, the drill instructor is yelling at you to clear the weapon and get back on target or YOU WILL DIE!!!!
It was an excellent come to Jesus check on how you may/will react when it goes bad, and it WILL go bad.
Your wife/girlfriend/husband may have unloaded your gun feeling "unsafe" with a loaded gun in the house. Your weapon may fail at the worst possible time, you may face a bad guy that will not stop even though you just hit him with 000 Buck, and in a life or death situation, if you are not willing to toss aside a useless weapon into the dirt because it might get dirty, well, the gods may have selected you for the recycle bin already.
It also showed us what years of improper training will do to good shooters, with something going wrong in the field and officers dying because they went right into their "where's the range master" mind set under stress.
Anyway, there it is. If you can get training like this in a safe environment, get it, because it changes the way that you think and react.
Any other stories that can teach us from your experiences?