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Training or just shootin?

July 2, 2013

If you have been looking for ammo lately, you know that if you can find it, it is more expensive these days.  So, the question is are you using your ammo wisely?  When you go t o the range, are you training, or just putting lead downrange?  No I understand, sometimes there is just something fun about going to the range, and just putting some lead on target.  I agree there is something therapeutic about pressing the trigger and feeling the recoil, and hearing the bang, and seeing the holes on the target.  I am in no way saying there is not a time and place for “range therapy”.  I am asking this question for those who have limited funds and even less ammo.

Many of my readers have a training regimen  to stay in good physical condition, or to manage their weight, but do you have a training regimen where saving your own life during a critical incident is concerned?  Do you practice reloads properly?  Do you practice clearing malfunctions?  Do you practice stepping right and left on the draw, on the reload, on the malfunction clearing?  Do you even know how to do these things? Are you using your limited ammunition supply to Train yourself, or are you wasting ammo?

Some of you know how to do these things.  The question is do you practice them?  Some of you do not know how to do these things. The question is do you know where to learn? Following is a list of things you can do to work on your self-defense skills:

1) Take a class or two or three or….

If you do not know how to properly do the things I asked about earlier you need to learn them. Find a good defensive firearms instructor, and take some of their courses that teach defensive shooting skills.  In most cases your basic CCW class only taught the basics of shooting at best. A good instructor should have encouraged you to seek further training. Did you?  If you took a cut rate class, or your instructor covered only the basics, you didn’t learn as much as you think you did.

2) Practice what you learned:

After you learn the proper techniques, you will need to practice them regularly.

3) Dry-fire practice:

Dry-fire involves all of the fundamentals of the techniques without live ammo. This is a good way to practice for free. Just remember to practice safely, and please lock your ammo up. The last thing you want to do is use a loaded magazine during dry-fire practice, and have a negligent discharge.

4) find a range to practice on.

Many ranges will not allow you to practice drawing from a holster, or moving side to side while on the firing line. You will have to ask these questions before paying range fees.

5) Take private lessons

Many defensive firearms instructors will work with you one on one, or in small groups.

I am proud to say that 2nd Amendment Stuff firearms training does offer one on one and small group training. We offer the ability to schedule any of our courses one on one, or for your small group, We also offer one on one training hourly. for fees, and to schedule an appointment please contact our lead instructor at

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