Tactical Training for CiviliansI've been shooting for as long as I can remember. I know my way around a gun and never forget firearms safety, but this is no way, gives me any form of tactical edge. We need that edge. That's what I'm all about, giving you and me the Edge, in any way we can. I know I could get tactical training in the military, but I am 44 years old, and in a well established career. Even if I was in awesome shape, I can't afford to quit my job and live off military pay alone. I tip my hats to those brave men and women, who serve, and put their lives on the line for very little money. Thank you for all you do! The military isn't an option for me, so let's look at the problem of finding some tactical training for civilians. As I break this down, I see this large issue can be broken down into a few smaller issues, that are easier to digest:
- Shooting from different positions - most ranges only allow you to stand or sit and shoot. You don't get to shoot from a prone position, you don't get to shoot from your back and you don't get to shoot from behind objects (cover and concealment)
- Transitioning between weapons - Most ranges don't allow you practice drawing from a holster and shooting, so forget about transitioning from your rifle or shotgun to your sidearm.
- Tactical training - Where can we get some experience in Close Quarters Battle, room clearing and having a solid professional instructor, who has been there, put you through serious drills?
- Video training - you can find many many Tactical Training DVDs on Amazon.com. I do have one tactical training dvd, called "Own the Night", that I've posted on Tactical Training for Preppers. You can also leverage Tactical Training Videos on Youtube. Let's be honest here, video training may not be as good as in-person instruction, but it is better than nothing. If this is all you can do I highly recommend that you start doing it now. Watch the videos, then practice what you can with training guns.
- Find a school that offers tactical training for civilians - Is there such a thing? There sure are.
- Firearms Safety Rules
- Fundamentals of Marksmanship Focusing on Front Sight & Trigger Control
We broke for lunch and headed to the outdoor range. At the range the instructors assisted those who needed to zero in their rifles. Time to start the training drills, and because I was there, it started raining, hard. We got some very solid training for a Carbine 1 class, I didn't expect this level of thoroughness.
- Magazine Changes & Weapons Handling Skills
- Malfunctions Drills Type I, Type II, Type III & Status Check
- Shooting behind cover and from barricades
- Transition from Carbine to Handgun