Gun Training – Why You are a Special Snowflake!

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

~ Albert Einstein

Gun Training, San Diego Gun Training, Firearms TrainingI am glad to have seen what appears to be an increasing number of calls from people who are point blank asking our staff why they should come to see us.  First, I am glad they are calling, but more importantly I am glad they are calling around and doing their homework! Here is my two cents on evaluating gun training institutions and instructors. The first thing you need to ask yourself (and them) is how is this institution or instructor going to help me meet my goals?

One of the most frustrating experiences for a human being has got to be change. We intuitively understand what will happen when we repeat the same or a similar action and we very quickly get comfortable with what we know. The more we repeat those … Read more »

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Pistol Correction Chart

Common Error Chart, pistol correction chart, Aegis Academy, Pistol Training, gun ClassesPistol Correction Charts (Also Known and Common Error Charts) are the probably the most misused tool in the training industry.  They are popular because they superficially promise a quick “one-size-fits-all” cure for common pistol shooting errors.

A pistol correction chart is a circle (shaped like a bull’s-eye dissected in to 6 – 10 segments with the typical errors associated with impacts listed  in their respective zone. They can be a useful tool in only the most generalized sense.  Every shooter is unique, with body mechanics, habits, and trends that combine in a way that is meaningful only to that shooter. If you didn’t make the pistol correction chart, that chart is not universally applicable to you. It might be that error, or any other number of combinations of errors that is causing you to miss the center of the target. There are certainly trends that can be identified, but they … Read more »

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Developing Sound Decision Making Skills

Effective decision making skills – A programatic approach

Decision Making, decision making skills, aegis academy, Patrick henryWhen it comes to personal defense, the ability to make a decision to act is the critical element in everyone’s survivability. Your physical skills are completely irrelevant without the ability to decide to use them. Just like physical skills, you can train to make better, more efficient decisions. In order to improve this complex and somewhat automatic mental response we break it down into its core elements. At Aegis Academy we break the decision-making development process into five modules – awareness, predatory behavior, legal and moral factors, threat identification, and triggers. The time that a Master compared to a Novice chess player takes to make a move is a great example of trained vs. untrained decision making skills.

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Developing Sound Decision Making Skills

Effective decision making skills – A programatic approach

Decision Making, decision making skills, aegis academy, Patrick henryWhen it comes to personal defense, the ability to make a decision to act is the critical element in everyone’s survivability. Your physical skills are completely irrelevant without the ability to decide to use them. Just like physical skills, you can train to make better, more efficient decisions. In order to improve this complex and somewhat automatic mental response we break it down into its core elements. At Aegis Academy we break the decision-making development process into five modules – awareness, predatory behavior, legal and moral factors, threat identification, and triggers. The time that a Master compared to a Novice chess player takes to make a move is a great example of trained vs. untrained decision making skills.

While recording eye movements, we see that novice chess players frequently look at or evaluate fewer than one hundred possible locations (or choices) prior Read more »

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A New Front Sight – Probably Not!

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With the proliferation of aftermarket items, we are getting a lot of questions about what to buy for your guns. For most clients, you don’t need to change anything on your gun except the amount of time you spend with it in your hand. Practice and you’ll see significant improvement. A new front sight will probably not make most people shoot noticeably better. You simply can’t buy efficient manipulation and trigger control; you have to earn that – with practice. When it comes to pistol sights, here are some thoughts to help determine if a new front sight might help you! Answer this simple question. What is the main purpose of the pistol? Is it for defensive or concealed carry, competition or is it a showpiece?

A Defensive Carry Front Sight

Night-sights For defensive carry, I recommend a tritium front sight post. Get rid of the rear dots. Just like that … Read more »

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