Larry Vickers 20 year combat veteran of Army Special Forces, 15 of which spent in SFOD-D.
Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta.
Absolutely USMC DI counts. So you’re fortunate enough to be in a Constitutional Carry state. Tennessee just made that, for handguns only but we’re moving it forward.Training for a CCW? Wow, talk about a poll tax to exercise a right! Nope, no CCW training. Does being raised by a USMC DI count and learning to shoot 1911s from him when I was knee high count?
Swift Boats? Did you serve with John Kerry? Also known as Lieutenant Lurch?Other.
Taught to shoot and hunt by relatives and family friends who had spent time in the Marine Corps during WWII and Korea. My informal training started in the summer between second and third grades and lasted until I graduated high school and went in the Navy. Twenty-two years in the military including Marine Advanced Infantry training at Camp Pendleton. Spent tours in Viet Nam including as an advisor on Swift Boats. Qualified Expert Marksman with military rifles and the 1911 every year until I retired.
By the way, welcome home! Job well done.
I only had one course at the Sig Academy that went more than one day. Another was a full day and three were half days. Three hundred rounds downrange in four hours (which also includes class time) is smokin’! The instructor interaction with the students in the Academy is superb.I’ve taken classes with Tim Chandler, Greg Ellifritz, Rob Tackett, Brett Harnish, Jay Lalue, Ty Cooper, a couple others; spent quite a few months shadowing GMan here when he was putting a program together after his retirement. John Murphy and Ashton Ray are on the card for later this year.
I prefer day classes to multi-day big school programs. I only take in so much high level information before I’m smoked, therefore prefer to spread a school’s program out over 8-12hr sessions. If I have a problem getting something down, I can repeat that course before moving on.
When I was on active duty as an infantry officer, we all used to mock the Military Police (“Mop Pushers” Mud Puppies” etc) but later on it was pointed out to me a very valid point: They’ve gotta be pretty bad assed because 85% of the folks they deal with are trained professional killers who’ve likely “done the deed” and more than once!Your choices do not allow for both a "Yes" answer and an "Other" answer. If you didn't go to one of the listed schools, logically Yes=Other.
I was taught to shoot by my father, who was a Navy Gunner's Mate and part of Permanent Shore Patrol (military police) in WWII. He set up a wax bullet range in the basement for me and let me shoot his Colt Official Police on it as much as I wanted. Years later, I shot a qual course for a security guard license and tied the highest score ever shot on the course, which was only done by one other person out of hundreds who had fired it. All in the ten ring, all but two out of the X ring.
Later I qualed expert in the Navy with both the revolver and 1911 and competed on a Navy shooting team. Up to that point, it was all learning by practice and mentoring. I didn't take any kind of a shooting course until I got my first CCW license. Later, I got good bit of training money from a company that laid me off and I used most of it to take a bunch of shooting courses, I think seven or eight of them, on a variety of different shooting topics.
Funny story about that from my Dad in WWII. A sailor was trying to impress some girl at an arcade in Honolulu by shooting a .22 rifle at a procession of duck silhouettes in one of those arcade booths. The sailor claimed the sights were off and he was being cheated. He was probably right. The argument escalated and the sailor pulled out a 1911 and shot up the booth. My Dad took the call and had to run the guy to ground and arrest him. That could have gotten ugly.When I was on active duty as an infantry officer, we all used to mock the Military Police (“Mop Pushers” Mud Puppies” etc) but later on it was pointed out to me a very valid point: They’ve gotta be pretty bad assed because 85% of the folks they deal with are trained professional killers who’ve likely “done the deed” and more than once!