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    Good training lasts a lifetime

    The only training I've ever had was back in the mid-1980s during weekly "fun" matches at an Atlanta metro range. The guy leading the matches was Claude Werner, who was a veteran. Claude set up IPSC/IDPA scenarios and taught us many skills: proper aiming, correct grips, use of cover, weak-hand shooting, reloading on the clock, etc.

    I believe that was the start of Claude's training career. Today he can be found at: https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/

    My suggestion for those of you looking for inexpensive training is two-fold: read the books by the master shooters like Ayoob, Cooper, Enos, etc.; and attend local IPSC/IDPA fun matches. You never know who might be leading those matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy55 View Post
    The only training I've ever had was back in the mid-1980s during weekly "fun" matches at an Atlanta metro range. The guy leading the matches was Claude Werner, who was a veteran. Claude set up IPSC/IDPA scenarios and taught us many skills: proper aiming, correct grips, use of cover, weak-hand shooting, reloading on the clock, etc.

    I believe that was the start of Claude's training career. Today he can be found at: https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/

    My suggestion for those of you looking for inexpensive training is two-fold: read the books by the master shooters like Ayoob, Cooper, Enos, etc.; and attend local IPSC/IDPA fun matches. You never know who might be leading those matches.
    I would suggest the exact opposite of what is suggested above. Reading books, internet articles, and etc creates bad habits. You can watch 1000 youtube videos on how to ride a bike, but it definitely doesn't translate into the ability to jump on a bike, balance yourself, and ride forwards.

    Furthermore, skills such as using a weapon in a self-defensive manner are very minute and will be tough to pick up on by individual practice without the aid of a veteran instructor. Simply watching or participating in shooting competitions does not translate to actionable skills like attending actual classes would. Oh, and many competitive shooters lack self-defense training and do not do as well as someone with specific training has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinBR View Post
    I would suggest the exact opposite of what is suggested above. Reading books, internet articles, and etc creates bad habits. You can watch 1000 youtube videos on how to ride a bike, but it definitely doesn't translate into the ability to jump on a bike, balance yourself, and ride forwards.

    Furthermore, skills such as using a weapon in a self-defensive manner are very minute and will be tough to pick up on by individual practice without the aid of a veteran instructor. Simply watching or participating in shooting competitions does not translate to actionable skills like attending actual classes would. Oh, and many competitive shooters lack self-defense training and do not do as well as someone with specific training has.
    Let me clarify my post. I said read books by the master shooters like Ayoob and Cooper, NOT the Internet. Ayoob and Cooper are/were experienced trainers and you can learn a lot from their books.

    But the Internet including YouTube is a crap shoot. Inexperienced shooters should not rely on the accuracy of the info presented there.

    Second, I said attend fun matches that are run by IPSC/IDPA or even SASS members, NOT individual practice. Many skilled shooters attend these matches and are very willing to help newbie shooters learn correct gun handling.

    Individual practice is very important but learn the basics first, from books and fun matches; this is the inexpensive way tolearn.

    If you can afford training, absolutely do it.

    And always, be safe and have fun shooting!

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    Going to take intro to tactical carbine and tactical carbine 1 at VATA later this year. For the guys who have taken the class, what equipment do you recommend for the classes. I have guns, what I don't have is chest rig, holster, belt, etc. Dont want to go with the wrong gear or buy a bunch of stuff I dont need.

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