Tagged: firearms

AAR: Shooting Performance Instructor Development, by Jason Crotteau of Wyoming Tactical

From Jason Crotteau of Wyoming Tactical:

Shooting Performance F.I.D.C.
Las Cruses, NM
Dec. 4-8 [2017]

I have been teaching defensive firearms, and running my small company for a couple of years now, being both NRA certified, and a Combat Focus Shooting instructor, I know that I had the background, and in the case of CFS had been put through the grinder to get signed off. In my mind however, passing the test, and simply being “good enough” doesn’t cut it when it come to educating people in life and death skills. So I was looking for something more. This is when I came across Firearms Instructor Development Course (F.I.D.C.) taught by Mike Seeklander of Shooting Performance.

I had met Mike previously through mutual friends, and after talking with him, he was gracious enough to grant me a slot in a very difficult to attend class. Mike also had another instructor with him, Rich Brown, who had some incredible insights on public speaking and presentation. Rich is also an accomplished shooter in his own right. Using his critiques I was able to gain valuable insights into my own teaching style, and how to maximise my impact with students.

When I arrived on day one I understood why this course was so difficult to get into. I was one of fourteen other instructors, eleven of which were high level officers, and instructors for the Las Cruses Police Department and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department. Half of these guys were SWAT officers, and one was a Grand Master level shooter. To say that I was intimidated would be sugar coating it.

I was absolutely determined to get everything out of this course that I could, so I put all of my focus into absorbing all the knowledge that was being thrown at us. I had heard the “drinking from the firehose” analogy before, and this class was no different. Just the focus was slightly different. This course wasn’t about teaching a specific program or method. It was primarily about HOW we teach. I would say that about sixty percent of the curriculum was about communication, and how to convey information to students. While we worked on our communication skills we were shown different methods for running students on a range, we talked about some of the factors that go into skill development, and learned a few tricks along the way.

A couple of takeaways for me were the structure templates that this course provided. Both in terms of how to develop a curriculum, and how to structure it into a understandable flow. This was of huge importance to me, as I have reached a point in my career where I am beginning to develop my own curriculum. The examples, and structures that we learned made this seemingly gargantuan task seem much more manageable. Secondly, we were shown a few different ways of running the line on the range. One of the best ways was making the line automatic. Giving the student a task and let them do the reps. As an instructor, this style gives you more freedom to watch for safety concerns, as well as more opportunities to coach students.

One of the biggest things that I left with is learning to teach, without a doctrine. Walking out with solutions for the problems that I have encountered as my training courses have grown. I remember doing a survey before Instructor Conference in September, and something that I listed as a weakness as an instructor was not dividing up my curriculum into small bite, or block. Something I could just pull out on demand.

Overall, the lessons on effective communication, especially as it relates to firearms training made a world of difference. It will make a big difference to the students as well.

Rob Pincus & SDI Webinar: Developing a Firearms Training Business

Rob Pincus of the I.C.E. Training Company and the Personal Defense Network teams up with the Sonoran Desert Institute School of Firearms Technology on this webinar on developing a firearms training business:

The SDI YouTube channel has some other good-looking stuff, including How To Market Your Firearms Industry Business, Featuring Zeke Stout.

Handgun Training Device Induces Hard Malfunctions

Haven’t tried this yet, but we’ll be pretty excited if it works as advertised. What makes it cool is that you can load live rounds on top of it, making it possible to present contextual problems that aren’t predictable to students.

“The hard malfunction device is the only tool on the market that will simulate a full stoppage of your firearm like a double feed malfunction. Simple to use, the device goes into your magazine and no matter how many times you tap and rack, the device won’t clear. That requires you to know and perform a true hard malfunction process to clear the firearm. This trains your body to fix your firearm rapidly, even under stress. Our handgun hard malfunction training device works with all 9mm and .40 caliber handguns.”

The Hard Malfunction Device is $24.95 from Range Systems. Check it out here.

Dann Sternsher: Looking for a few good instructors…

IDJ member Dann Sternsher of G4 Personal Safety:

I’m a GREAT instructor! (tongue firmly planted in cheek)… I am now in my third decade of teaching and training folks and kids with firearms… pistols, rifles, shotguns. I’m highly recommended by former students, my post-course evaluations are always excellent, women in particular find my instruction on-target for them and regularly recommend me, I have books full of certifications from the NRA, 4H Shooting Sports, firearm training entities, and from my days in law enforcement… I’m even an NRA appointed Training Counselor who can train other instructors. So I wouldn’t recommend me…

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Handgun World Podcast #373: So, You Want To Be A Firearms Instructor?

Bob Mayne of the Handgun World Podcast:

There seems to be a lot of people who want to be instructors, but not enough who want to take classes. So, if you want to be a firearms instructor I think you will like this episode…

Listen to episode at Handgun World

Instructy stuff starts around 19:30 and covers what we should know in order to teach different levels of students as well as business & marketing.