Contemporary Private Citizen Gun Trainers – Like Drawfs on the Shoulders of Giants?
Firearms

Contemporary Private Citizen Gun Trainers – Like Drawfs on the Shoulders of Giants?

One final thought on Tom Givens’s Rangemaster Instructor Development and Certification course before I move on to considering apprenticeship, credentials, and branding in the private citizen gun training industry. Listening to the Primary & Secondary ModCast #93 on how to find an instructor, the Rangemaster course was singled out as a high quality instructor certification … Continue reading

The Rise of the Private Citizen Gun Training (Cottage) Industry
Firearms

The Rise of the Private Citizen Gun Training (Cottage) Industry

This summer I began collecting data for the chapter of my book that will cover the civilian or private citizen gun training industry. My first stop was a Rangemaster Firearms Training Services instructor development and certification course conducted by Tom Givens. When Givens became a professional defensive firearms instructor in the mid-1970s, he could count … Continue reading

Gunsite 250 Defensive Pistol Class and Jeff Cooper on Mental Conditioning for Combat
Firearms / Personal Defense

Gunsite 250 Defensive Pistol Class and Jeff Cooper on Mental Conditioning for Combat

Day 3 of the 5 day Gunsite Academy 250 Defensive Pistol course is the day on which the classroom presentation on mental conditioning or “mindset” is given. Rangemaster Bill Halvorsen delivered the mindset lecture today. The three key elements were: The Combat Triad: Mindset, Gun Handling and Practical Marksmanship The 7 principles of personal defense … Continue reading

Gun Trainer Drama
Firearms

Gun Trainer Drama

Fake Recoil Magazine cover courtesy of Gun Free Zone this morning. Of course, most humor is grounded in some reality. Here the reality is drama in the gun training “community” or “cottage industry” (as Tom Givens called it) about who, what, where, when, why, and how gun training should take place. These debates — much … Continue reading

Rob Pincus on Teaching as Cultivating Humanity
Personal Defense

Rob Pincus on Teaching as Cultivating Humanity

The recent announcement of a collaboration between the United States Concealed Carry Association, the Personal Defense Network, and Rob Pincus of I.C.E. Training, reminded me of a blog post I began drafting two years ago(!!!) while listening to Paul Carlson’s Safety Solutions Academy podcast (March 20, 2015). The following statement by Pincus to Carlson caught … Continue reading