So what is the big deal about Gun Handling? Why do others say it is extremely important while others think it's no big deal. Let me explain, why Gun Handling is a learned skill. To the untrained eye it's merely handling a gun, but to a craftsman of skill and technique its takes many hours and repetition to learn gun handling skills. Of course, safety matters in handling a gun, but many people believe they can buy a gun and handle it like in the movies. That would not be the people I would rely on for seeing and understanding how to skillfully handle a gun. In training many people of the years, I see this over and over again, when explaining, demonstrating and training people in the skills needed to handle a gun. There is a whole other level, then picking it up and knowing what you are doing with it. A true craftsman will respect it and be confident when handling it wether for fun, training or drawing from holster and much more. For example a master mechanic has ability to fix many different types of cars by being able to hear whats wrong before they ever open the hood because of their confidence in their knowledge. A professional baseball, tennis, and golf players rely on coaches and trainers to teach a skill by repeating it over and over to become confident in their profession. A level of commitment is also needed to gain skills and level of confidence to become a true craftsman in gun handling skills. Thats why we spend some much time, on safety, mechanics, mindset and finally marksmanship to achieve the skills of gun handling.
Interesting enough there are many people with different thoughts about training. What is it, what it entails and how often do I really need to train. Since this keeps coming up I thought I would share some thoughts with you on this subject. Here's how I think of it, you need to spend time in the field of interest wether sports or self protection in order to get any good. This is the one way you will know your true abilities weather for sport, fun or self defense. Training entails, focus, time, commitment, and a purpose when you head to the range. For example, what 1 thing am I going to work on today? It's also best to have a partner or someone to hold you accountable in your training because we all know its really hard to train yourself. Thats another reason to seek out quality Instructor in the area of interest to help you attend your true level. When you start your training you need to be able to communicate your goals, clarify your questions, commit to your training and finally complete your training to get where you want to be in skills. Final note this isn't a 1 day class, 1 private lesson, this is continuing monthly commitment to truly improve your skills.
Today I wanted to give some insight about 1840's training and mission. Our overall mission is to take the unknown mystery and scariness out of firearms to the next generations. We believe that it's scary if it's the unknown, along with all the negative news, and bad people that haven given one of Americans most important freedoms a bad taste to most people. How can someone make a logical point if they themselves have never been exposed or educated with a firearm wether its a pistol, rifle or Shotgun. This is one of the unique things about 1840 training we are not former Military or Law enforcement background. We are each average Americans that believe we should keep and forge forward as an armed society. It was completely unknown to me, but instead of fear it I chose to learn, expose myself to the different types of firearms so I could make a qualified judgement about guns. So my training and desire started out of the growing changes in society to protect me and my girls. Don't get me wrong my husband is an awesome man, but he isn't there with me and the girls every moment of each outing. So our desire is to be a safe, engaging place for learning to happen at all levels whether you are brand new to guns or more advance.
There are two main types of ranges in the big scheme of things. Wondering wether you would like to go to an indoor range or an outdoor range with friends or for training. Let's take a look at the indoor ranges first since they are growing in and around town. The big benefit to an indoor range is one doesn't need to watch the weather channel to get the lasted update on what to wear to range. This is nice with the fact that weather in Texas can change quickly especially during fall and winter months. Indoor ranges typically open around 10:00 in the morning and close by 7:00 for most of them. The indoor range is usually open seven days a week. The main concern is noise , it will be much louder than an outdoor range hands down. Then the question is what about an outdoor range? There are a few around the hill country area. When headed to outdoor range the weather is a factor. Second, do they rent gear such as eye or ear protection? Sell ammunition maybe or maybe not depends. Third, an outdoor range is closed usually one day a week depending on location. The biggest benefit to outdoor is noise, your outside so it dissipates quickly. Then some outdoor ranges only take cash, no ATM or credit cards. Finally, I like at an outdoor range there really isn't a 1 hour time limit you can stay all day if stamped can leave and come back and still work or skills or have fun with friends.
This is a big day for someone new to Firearms and never been to range. They are silently asking them selfs what do I wear? They don't want to ask anyone but unsure. I would like to give some pointers on this subject.
First, what is the weather that day? Hot, nice or cold? This will be your starting place. Second, one of the most important things is close toe shoes. No heels, no high heel boots, and no flip flops or sandals. There can be mud, stickers and ants.
Third, when going to range no muscle shirts, low cut shirts. The reason is hot Brass can Burn whatever it hits.
Fourth, it's recommended to wear long pants, jeans. We need to have them protected too.
Lastly, bring a baseball cap, or headwear to protect from wind, cold, heat and makes sure hair isn't in way when learning or training.