When should you start teaching kids to shoot?

Victoria Barks, teaching kids to shoot, gun safety

Over the years, we’ve watched a variety of techniques used in teaching kids about gun safety and how to shoot.  Here are some best practices on imparting responsible gun handling to children. In the paragraphs below, you will see that our recommendations are categorized by age groups.  These categorizations are only guidelines.  Since children develop at different rates, maturity and focus should be your guidelines when considering the material below.

Victoria (photo inset) was not born with a gun in her hand, but at 15 (when this photo was taken) she had better gun handling skills and technical ability than many adults who attend our courses.  That did not happen by accident.  Her parents were committed to teaching their kids to shoot. More importantly, next year when she heads off to college, serves in the military, or moves out of her parents house, she will take the understanding of safe, … Read more »


First Aid Kit, Shooting on BLM Land, Gun Training

Shooting on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land is a great way to reduce cost of range fees, potentially introduce new shooters to firearms, and to accomplish training that is typically not allowed on indoor ranges. There is no safety test, common sense test, or supervision on BLM land and that can make it dangerous!

Every time I go shooting on BLM Land, I work with the pessimistic assumption that someone will shoot me – and I plan backwards from the gunshot wound.
 First, I make the worst-case assumption – it is not an accident. From the moment you arrive until you leave, you need to have a loaded accessible firearm to defend yourself from an attack and to defend your firearms from theft. Thefts occur all the time and recently there has been rash of publicized shootings at open or uncontrolled ranges.

Second – I take the … Read more »

Evaluating Range Safety

Are your Firearms Instructors Qualified?

Shoot houseThere was a tragic incident last week at a firearms range facility in Texas where a presumably unqualified instructor made a significant error in judgement and shot a fellow staff member.  Here are few things to look for when you evaluate the safety procedures of your training provider.

1. Did they conduct a detailed safety brief identifying procedures, responsibilities (to include yours as a client) to prevent range accidents, and explain the procedures to respond to an accident?

2. Did they identify the location of on-site medical equipment and explain the process for requesting emergency medical assistance?

3. Did they identify range specific or evolution specific hazards and inform you of exactly what part of safely controlling for those hazards do they expect you to do?

4. Did they explain range commands so that everyone participating speaks the same language for that exercise?

5. Is … Read more »

Firearms Training in the NYPD

NYPD killed an innocent citizen – again…

noel-polancoPerhaps its time to consider looking into the training and qualification standards? I am not one to say it was avoidable, but this is a trend that seems to be popping up in New York and it would appear they don’t see a connection between training and Accuracy.

“There is a danger if you get so into firearms and tactics, it could become a different department and that could be a bad thing,” O’Donnell cautioned. “Do you really want to turn a department into a place where you make shooting a big issue and turn them into Marine snipers?” – Eugene O’Donnell, Former NYC police officer.

We don’t need to turn them into Marine Snipers, but if they are going to carry a firearm, we do need them to be able to hit what they aim at under stress. That would take the … Read more »



Aegis Academy Gloves and Guns Tips, Winter Shooting

Winter is coming, and if you can’t get at your personal defense tools, you might as well not have them!

Accessing a firearm, a knife or even your wallet is impacted by your choice of winter clothing.  If you haven’t planned or practiced accessing these items, you probably won’t get to what you need – when you need it most.  In addition to layers of clothing, gloves are also a common winter addition that can make your chosen defensive tool nothing more then a pocket weight!

Spend a few minutes figuring out what you can and can’t do with them on. There is no secret training technique here, it just takes 5 minutes – put your gear on and see what happens! Take a few minutes to get comfortable with your winter clothing and your equipment to add those precious few seconds that may give you the edge when … Read more »