During our training events I ask why attendees have chosen to take a specific class. Sometimes I get really in-depth answers and other times I get the “I don’t know, because It seemed like a cool class” response. Both responses are fine, I often do things just for the sheer enjoyment, but it got me thinking about citizens who have had little or no experience in firearms and training.
What is it that pushes us to take training? Is it your current employment? are you in Law Enforcement and are looking to further your skills in order to better protect the citizens in your area of responsibility?
What about a local Reserve or National Guard member looking to improve in fundamental marksmanship areas prior to their next rifle or pistol qualification? Many of the people who fall into these and other categories have a general idea of what training they should take. How does a citizen who has never been exposed to any form of firearms manipulation begin to determine what the best training classes are, as well as being certain they aren't being ripped off by the latest in “Gun-Fu Masters”?