Firearms Training vs Shooting
There is a huge difference between shooting and firearms training. That’s why Defensive Firearms Training of Colorado exists. We are committed to pursuing relevant, practical training from highly reputable trainers and bringing that training back to our customers in a format, and at a price point, which encourages participation.
Laran Wilke, President of DFTofCo, offers this perspective:
“I’ve never been in a gunfight. I have been shot at…7 times. I chose not to shoot back, (read “Would firearms training have changed our response?”). However, that incident was not a violent, up-close encounter with someone intent on killing me. So I don’t write, speak, or teach as someone who has “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”. I choose to be armed and I take that responsibility very seriously. I train according to how I want to function should I ever be faced with such an event.”
Anyone can put up targets, stand a fixed distance away and put holes in a target. Many even put consistent holes in the target in a relatively close proximity to each other and that’s admirable if your goal is to be great at putting holes in paper, bottles, or whatever your target “du jour” is. That type of practice can reinforce good shooting fundamentals if you’ve already developed them, it can also reinforce improper shooting fundamentals. Proper firearms training can correct poor shooting fundamentals, even those developed over the course of a lifetime.
If you don’t participate in firearms training that teaches you the necessary skills to defend yourself or others in a dynamic gunfight, and you manage to survive, you will have done so because you were lucky. Prevailing in such a gunfight will likely not be the result of your skill.
There’s no such thing us tough, there’s trained and untrained, which are you?
In the movie “Man on Fire”, Denzel Washington’s character, Creasy, was training young Pita for a swimming competition. She had just reached a specific time goal and among the cheers she said “I’m tough”. Creasy said, “There’s no such thing us tough, there’s trained and untrained, which are you?” She answered, “Trained”.
Many people like to believe that if their life depended on it, they would rise to the occasion and perform flawlessly. The reality is, you will only rise to your highest level of training. Applied to what we’re talking about, you will only rise to your highest level of firearms training and how it applies when someone is trying to kill or maim you, or someone else.
When everything is dynamic and moving, there are other innocent people around, and your life is in imminent danger, you will not have the skills to prevail, if all you’ve ever done is shoot from a fixed position at a fixed target. You might get lucky and survive, but wouldn’t it be better to have received handgun training for as close to the real thing as possible?
DFTofCo’s Shooting Tactics: Defensive Handgun Level 1 firearms training course is designed to give you some solid fundamentals that apply to all handgun training and to introduce you to things you must consider when you decide to be armed. When you leave this class you WILL NOT be a handgun master. You will have drills you can incorporate into your handgun training and you will probably not view “going shooting” the same way you did before you took the course. You will come to realize that practice does not make perfect, but rather, perfect practice makes perfect.
Every firearms training class developed by DFTofCo incorporates a combination of some of the best training available. Each higher level class is designed to build upon the previous class. Attending the firearms training Shooting Tactics: Defensive Handgun Level 2 and Shooting Tactics: Defensive Handgun Level 3 increase your practice on fundamentals plus add decision making into your training by introducing scenarios that mimic possible real-life situations. All of the classes are fairly fast-paced and dynamic.They are fun, yet informative.