Training On A Budget

This article is directed towards those who want to get additional training to become more proficient with their carry gun, and are unsatisfied with the amount of range time they get through work.

It’s a common problem: You get some training and your employer issues you a sidearm.  You carry that sidearm for months or a year without firing it once, then you do a qualification shoot, and then you carry it for another year.  You watch your qualification scores drop every year, and you realize you need to do something to improve your skills. You realize that you may have to invest some personal money and time into training, which is something that the Gunslinger Team has done.  

So, you go out and get a firearms license and a range membership, and now it’s time to go gun shopping.  You decide to get a gun identical to your duty gun, or as similar as possible, due to many police agencies carrying prohibited firearms under Canadian law.  Now, when you start researching and shopping, you see that your carry gun is a lower end version, and for not much more money, you can get a gun with a lighter trigger, shorter reset, and better sights.  Stop right there!

Do some more looking: get the base model, or the Chinese knockoff: the one with the heavier, grittier trigger, the same sights, and the same reset.  As you start firing rounds down range, you have to work harder on the training. A poorer quality gun will have more FTFs and FTEs, which gives you a better chance to work on your drills. Once you have done some training with the crappy gun, you will see a marked improvement in your skills.

Now, if you do decide to go with the upgraded model, what’s going to happen? You will get used to the improvements, and your duty weapon will feel terrible.  You will hate your duty weapon, and your skill level won’t show much improvement, and your qualification shoot, particularly the timed portions, may actually get worse.  

It’s the same principle as training in worse conditions than you would encounter: look at any football teams’ training session compared to what they do during a game.  The way many marathon runners run with weighted vests or wrist and ankle weights.  If professional athletes are training in worse circumstances than their competitions, why are many of us who take interest in getting additional training on our duty firearms on our own time and dime running better guns than our duty weapons?

Share this article, and we won’t tell your significant other that you bought the Sig P226 Legion for $1750 instead of a Norinco NP22 for $400.

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