Would you pay $600 for defensive firearm training?!?
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Step 2) Make home safe for family+weapons environment.
Step 3) Take CCW course [if available where you live] and practice ...
January 18th, 2010 03:17 AM
January 18th, 2010 09:54 AM
The most I ever paid for training was $450 three years ago.
This was for a 3 day course in advanced room combat/hostage rescue
with Phil Singleton.
This is someone who I always wanted to train with and was a subject which I was very curious about, so I plunked down the cash.
Airfare to Detroit was cheap, and I shared a room/car rental with my bud.
We were able to get about 600 rounds from the local police after a courtesy call to the nearest station house.
Other than that I would try to keep things local with competent local talent.
Then again, most courses are two days ago go anywhere from $300-450.
You would save more by staying closer to home--driving distance is the key-- and by using .22lr ammo for at least some of the drills.
Military/law enforcement officers can get very good/low cost training a law enforcement conferences where a wide variety of subjects are being taught in 4-8 hour blocks.
Those not "on the job" can attend seminars such as this:
January 18th, 2010 10:42 AM
Ps--Why don't you look at hosting a class by a professional instructor in your area? Call Grit at ICETraining.us and see what Rob's schedule is, get the details, and start recruiting students. I do 5-6 classes a year this way. I don't make a dime, but as the host, I go free. :)
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January 18th, 2010 12:12 PM
Would I? Yes, and I have...well worth the $$$ as compared to funeral costs or attorney fees. IMHO
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January 18th, 2010 02:56 PM
Take the training and practice. Check on eBay for traing certificates, I know you can get certificates for Front Sight on eBay. I paid $600 for two certificates so my wife and I can take the 4 day handgun class at Front Sight. We live in Colorado and plan to drive so that saves me a little money and trouble.
January 18th, 2010 03:15 PM
Skill is it's own reward, but last week I'm doing shoot & reload drills - load 1 to 4 rounds in each mag, shoot to slide lock and then continue.
My target is a silhouette with a strip of duct tape down the center. Only hits on the duct tape matter, everything else is considered a miss. (The goal is to keep your shots hitting the CNS, practice reloading from empty, and to be able to run a zipper - a line of shots belly to brain)
While doing this, a Customs Border Patrol agent who was on the range taps me on the shoulder while I'm loading magazines.
The first thing he says is "Who's class did you take?"
When I asked him how he knew I've taken a class, he responded, "You are running the gun without being afraid of it, and you are putting round on target fast with a subcompact Glock."
Thank you Tactical Response.
Depends on the class, but for some training $600 wouldn't be unreasonable at all.
People will drop $1,000 or more on a handgun and not blink...why not training?
January 18th, 2010 03:55 PM
For a 3-day class, that $600 is $25/hr.
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January 18th, 2010 05:19 PM
Yes, but i would do my homework in selecting a school first. There are a lot of top notch schools out there, and there are even more fly by night yahoo's who take a weekend course and they sell themselves as "qualified".
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January 18th, 2010 11:01 PM
+1 what SIXTO said. Always check references if the "school" you are looking at isn't one of the big ones.
Originally Posted by SIXTO
January 18th, 2010 11:06 PM
I would more than gladly pay $600.00 for good training in a location/envioriment that I wanted to be in. Would view it as a vacation.
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January 19th, 2010 11:52 AM
Yes, although I think your hypothetical entry-level cost is a bit high.
January 19th, 2010 03:14 PM
Not getting training is like trying to ride a Ducati on a Learner's Permit.
Sure, you could go around the track, but could you drag your knee around the corner and power out of the turn without running wide?
January 19th, 2010 03:44 PM
Any number of 2-4 day courses from well-known instructors go for $600 on up. I have taken a couple of such courses, as well as numerous less expensive ones.
Would you pay $600 for defensive firearm training?!?
Would I? Yes, and I have. But, it is a fair amount of money. So, I try to be quite selective when it comes to my training. I try to vary it, from people who excel in different disciplines. It isn't for everyone. And, cost alone doesn't equate to "good." Not at all.
With courses of this sort, it really depends on the course and instructor(s). I want someone with a couple decades of combat-grade experience, someone who has been "in the trenches" in a couple of disciplines, whether military, police, rescue/survival, martial/defense, whatever. But the person needs a reasonable "bedside manner" in order to impart the information. If I find both, via the instructor having been in the business for awhile and has reasonably good recommendations from others, I will absolutely consider it. Truth is, I'm nobody's H2H/defensive expert, so any basically high-quality training will suffice. And yet, I pick up tougher concepts easily and love to play "sponge" in more-intense courses.
Originally Posted by Dgrins
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January 19th, 2010 04:23 PM
Yes. I attended Front Sight's 4 day defensive handgun course. I highly recommend it, or something like it.
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January 19th, 2010 06:52 PM
Serious training is an investment. There are those out there, not many, who can fleece you but if you stick to the reputable folks the money you spend will seem insignificant next to the knowledge you obtain.
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