Where to find quality training?

Where to find quality training?

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    Where to find quality training?

    I have spent a lot of time with hunting rifles and shotguns, so I know how to use them correctly. To me that transfers to the basic safety of a handgun, but I know there is so much more involved (e.g. retention, moving with a firearm, etc) . My questions is where do I find quality training? I live in a rural area and don't want to get training from some guy who thinks he knows how to use a gun. Are there any credentials or certifications I should look for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieccw View Post
    I have spent a lot of time with hunting rifles and shotguns, so I know how to use them correctly. To me that transfers to the basic safety of a handgun, but I know there is so much more involved (e.g. retention, moving with a firearm, etc) . My questions is where do I find quality training? I live in a rural area and don't want to get training from some guy who thinks he knows how to use a gun. Are there any credentials or certifications I should look for?
    Tactical Response. Link below. Fighting Pistol would be the course you would probably want to take. Im one of their Alum, and highly recommend their training.

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    I appreciate the response but i cannot afford to travel. Mainly wanting to know what to look for in a local training course.

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    IN your area... surely you would be willing to use half a tank of gas to get some decent training.

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    check NRAinstructors.org you can search for NRA courses in your area. Best foundational classes in most areas.

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    See if your Sheriff's Department or local PD has a reserve officer program. If you think you might like to work for the local authorities for little to no pay, they will oft times pay for your mandatory state firearms certification training that is the equivalent of what every sworn officer in the state receives.

    It will (or should) cover drawing the firearm, drawing from a position of retention and firing, weapons retention (this was thoroughly gone over in my classes), OC training, baton training, basic physical self defense and subduing a subject, traffic law, criminal law, and many other subjects including CPR classes. All in all, a very good training program and a good experience if you have the time to devote.

    You will of course have to give them some of your time, but the free training you receive is worth every minute.
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    What part of the state are you in? Close to Kc? I've been training with Covert Dynamics. They're great. Also check into Extreme Defensive Options, south of Ottawa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumberguy View Post
    What part of the state are you in? Close to Kc? I've been training with Covert Dynamics. They're great. Also check into Extreme Defensive Options, south of Ottawa.
    I'm 2 1/2 hours from KCK.

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    That's what we in Southern Illinois call 'flyover country'. Nothing for miles.
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    For me, personally, and of little relevance to anyone else: for serious training I want someone who has been trained by some of the better trainers out there. Someplace in their resume I want to see they have taken courses at API/Gunsite, Thunder Ranch, DTI, LFI and so on. I want them to have a good record among former students and more importantly I don't want to find repeated complaints or comments from folks saying they suggest not going there. Some record of success in shooting sports such as IDPA, IPSC, etc. Doesn't have to be at the national level but they should have some record of successful competition. I look for membership in the NRA and I want to know where they got their instructor training. Lots of folks have been to school and can shoot but they have no idea how to train others.

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    Here are a couple prior discussions that might help provide a starting point, among other sources ...

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    A good NRA pistol instructor can help you reach a certain level. My advice is to build a good solid foundation with proper training in safety and the shooting fundamentals. After a point, you will need to seek out more Tactically minded instructors, I know, there's that word again, but at least it is used in the correct context. No matter how solid a house you build on a weak foundation, you will always have a weak house. There are quite a few good schools nationwide, you might have to invest significant time and money if you live far from these, but in the long run it will pay off. If you know some police or military who will help you in your area, that's can be helpful. As an example, there is a group who train across the road from me, one an Army ranger and his buds are all Navy seals. They are discreet about what they do, but if you know someone like that it can be a big help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    If you know some police or military who will help you in your area, that's can be helpful. As an example, there is a group who train across the road from me, one an Army ranger and his buds are all Navy seals. They are discreet about what they do, but if you know someone like that it can be a big help.
    I live 30 miles from a military installation, and know several LEOs. I will try to think of some guys that I could ask.

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    There are several good outfits in KY... and there is nothing wrong with "asking around" but I would stay clear of those guys who's experience is highlights by a 2 day seminar, reading some manuals and taking a quiz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunTeacher View Post
    check NRAinstructors.org you can search for NRA courses in your area. Best foundational classes in most areas.
    Agree. Take the NRA Personal Protection Inside (and Outside) the Home classes. They are the foundation to further training (see below).

    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    A good NRA pistol instructor can help you reach a certain level. My advice is to build a good solid foundation with proper training in safety and the shooting fundamentals. After a point, you will need to seek out more Tactically minded instructors, I know, there's that word again, but at least it is used in the correct context. No matter how solid a house you build on a weak foundation, you will always have a weak house. There are quite a few good schools nationwide, you might have to invest significant time and money if you live far from these, but in the long run it will pay off. If you know some police or military who will help you in your area, that's can be helpful. As an example, there is a group who train across the road from me, one an Army ranger and his buds are all Navy seals. They are discreet about what they do, but if you know someone like that it can be a big help.
    After the NRA classes, look for defensive handgun training from some known, credentialed instructors. Some travel so you might score a big name near you without having the expense/hassle of hotels/airfare/etc.
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