Professional Firearms Training

Firearms Instruction, Aegis AcademyIf you want to improve your shooting, the first step is to analyze what you are really trying to accomplish and establish some realistic goals. Most shooters are not trying to become the next Jerry Mikulek or a USPSA World Champion, so try and set realistic achievable goals for you. Regardless of your goals, I would recommend a proper course of instruction or a shooting coach. Practicing bad technique is probably the worst thing you can do!

The basic or “day one” course is the standard by which I judge all formal schools. Typically I learn something new or maybe just knock the rust off. If I see something I like, I may return for other training, but if they can’t do the basics well, they are wasting my time. The down side risk is taking time off work, spending the money, and subsequently attending a poor school. Yes you’ll … Read more »


SlowDownClassical conditioning is the basis for any effective skill development program. With physical skills, the basis is neuromuscular programming, which effectively means myelination of the neuro-pathways that support movement of the appropriate muscle groups. In other words: repetition! That said, not all repetition is equal.

Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent. Never has there been a truer adage when it comes to shooting. A correct repetition is the basis for development of a more efficient neuromuscular pathway. An incorrect repetition is the basis for the development of a “Bad habit.”  Bad habits are extremely hard to break once they become hardwired. The only way to break a bad habit is through neuromuscular “reprogramming” by extensive repetitions of the correct technique.  Given a finite amount of time and ammunition for training, it is better to avoid bad habits and steer toward a path of learning and reinforcing … Read more »

Why dry-fire an empty gun?

Snap caps 2When compared to the skyrocketing costs of ammunition and the ever-present need for maintaining proficiency, “dry-fire” practice is a very cost effective solution! Dry-fire conditioning does not require copious amounts of ammunition or travel to and from the range… it can be done in your own home.  Dry-fire practice can consist of the Drill of the Day, dry warm ups before competitions, visualization of certain movements, or simply honing a specific skill.

For competitions or demonstrations, we always try to do at least a few dry runs. Sometimes visualization is the only practical method to mentally walk yourself through the target engagement  before performing the skill in a live-fire environment.  Unfortunately, the pre-game practice sessions don’t work for dealing with threats in the real world. That’s where consistent practice, planning, and training are a huge part of the equation. Look at any military or operation and you’ll see this … Read more »


Eric KlyazWe spend most of our time sharing information regarding technical tips on maintenance, tactical tips on getting faster and more accurate, and we (the staff) typically forget the experiences that shaped our approach to safety. In light of the needless and negligent death of a ten year old this week in San Diego – I think it appropriate to reiterate a few of those lessons.

My first experience with formal firearms training was in the military. My first experience with negligence was a Corpsman assigned to us during the Gulf War when he shot a Marine in the head with a pistol a week after we arrived in country. The Corpsman thought the gun was unloaded. Also, during our movement north there were a number of “Friendly Fire” incidents. A few years later, an 18-year-old recruit committed suicide on the rifle range next to the one my platoon was training … Read more »

There is no such thing as a “routine” head shot

It’s nothing like the range or your video game…

Andrea RebelloI don’t get offended all that often, but today is the exception. Apathy, Arrogance and Ignorance tend be pretty high on the list of the defects that draw my ire. Here is an example of a combination of all three from the founder and president of the largest firearms training school in the country. His Arrogance, Ignorance and Apathy are dangerously misinformed and counterproductive to training responsible citizens to defend themselves and their families.

He published his weekly blog post today on the Nassau County Sheriff who shot Andrea Rebello last week, and I was unfortunately exposed to it. First, it is true that there appears to be a lack of sustainment training in the NYPD. Second, anyone who decided that a 12 pound trigger on a Glock is a good idea, or that somehow makes you safer knows nothing about … Read more »