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So you have completed your firearms licensing course, Now What?

So, you have completed the state required handgun carry course and now have your license, now what? Get more training! Simple huh?

The biggest mistake I see new handgun licensees make is that they stop their training at the completion of the licensing course! They now believe that they are ready to defend themselves and their family. Often times they have not been in the military or law enforcement, they have never been in a situation where they needed to use deadly force. Yet, they still believe that a handgun safety and basic fundamentals course is going to have prepared them to successfully or adequately assess their situation and decide in a instant if deadly force is necessary. They believe that they are mentally and physically ready to expertly stop a threat or take the live of an attacker. Worse yet, they think they are prepared to now act in an decisive and tactical manor in order to stop the threat to their lives, or that of their family! If this describes your experience and beliefs, you are lying to yourself.

Ladies and gentlemen I am not Dirty Harry or the Punisher, and neither are you. No one can walk out of a handgun carry class and be prepared to take on a threat (unless they have recent military or LEO training). The state required permit class is a basic gun safety and fundamentals course. It takes proper training and discipline to learn how to act under the pressures and stress of a life and death situation. You have to learn and evolve mentally, emotionally, physically, and tactically. It takes thousands of practice repetitions to build the muscle memory to successfully draw and fire your firearm without being a threat to yourself or endangering others around you. It takes the willingness to learn new techniques and learn from others who can teach you. Your not going to get this ability watching Jason Borne on Netflicks.

Sure there is always “that guy” that is able to miraculously defend himself without any training, but it is rare, and they had the benefit of time to access the situation prior to acting in most cases. The others I credit the success to a miracle.  Folks, this isn’t Walgreens, and we don’t live in a world called “Perfect”.

The rest of the world, that isn’t blessed with super powers, has to train and practice to acquire the skills to defend ourselves and the ones we love. We have to take the time, invest the resources, and have the dedication to learn from others with more training and knowledge on the endeavor we wish to become proficient in. You will never know when or if you will be called to defend yourself or your family. Don’t wait until your family is depending on you to save them to realize that reality, and know you could have changed it.

Here at Davis Shooting, we teach beginners to experienced shooters how to defend their lives through several available courses. Don’t see what your are looking for, go to other instructors that teach the skills you are interested in learning. What ever you do, don’t quit training.


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