If 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 learn something, as in what not to do – but that’s like learning to drive by having someone in the passenger seat point out potholes – eventually, you’ll probably get it, but maybe there is a better way to do it….
Do your homework, check and see if the Instructor Staff has former Military Special Operators, Elite Law Enforcement Unit guys, or Competition Shooters who have put literally millions of rounds through a gun on someone else’s dime. That is no guarantee that they can teach – but they should at least be able to do it – and Yes – a quality instructor should be able to demonstrate what he is teaching you to do – very well. Look at the courses of instruction and see if they meet your training goals.
Check out the website, and then call the school and talk to the staff. Websites are not the end-all in this industry, and there are some quality institutions and good individual instructors with poor websites. Take is as a sign, but not the end-all be-all! Ask around your local shooting club and see who is actually putting out a quality product. See if they offer some private coaching for an hour as a test case. Perhaps you go to a competition and see what they can really do against the clock under pressure. Regardless – don’t just buy into the website – call and talk to them! You are probably spending a fair amount of time and money and you deserve to “kick the tires” before you buy.
The government spent a fair amount of money training me – and I still go to other peoples courses and learn – a lot. I been to about 10 of Steve Tarani’s edged weapons courses, and despite a life of professional edged weapons courses on the governments dime – my guess is I could attend every one of his courses for the rest of my days and keep learning. Having a qualified professional give you valid and informed corrective measures is the fastest way to take your skill to the next level. Dedicating the time to practicing and mastering what you learned is the next step!
Shoot straight and keep your powder dry!
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