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Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:12 pm
by twomillenium
Thanks guys, I was interested in the course itself ---- for myself. I like to know what all is involved before I spend that kind of money and time. Like I said, Scotts endorsement by the experience he had will go a long way (even tho we have never met, I have read his posts and feel like I do know him enough to respect his endorsement) I am always wanting to learn more, from others. Especially those with unique experience. I am not interested in instructing this type of course, but all good training helps instructors become better instructors.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:28 pm
by Scott B.
...but all good training helps instructors become better instructors.


Well said.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:46 pm
by Charles L. Cotton
Scott B. wrote:
...but all good training helps instructors become better instructors.


Well said.

:iagree: Gregg Garrett, owner of http://www.Comp-Tac.com, is a fantastic instructor and I remember something he said many years ago. "The best instructors are those who are lifetime students." As instructors, if we stop taking courses/classes, the best we can do is teach what we know at the point we stopped being students. If that was twenty years ago, then we are two decades behind. Yes, the basics of shooting don't change, but teaching techniques, new equipment, etc. most assured do change. I'll start a new thread, but I just took a class taught by a recently retired HPD SWAT instructor and sniper instructor. It was an excellent course!

Chas.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:07 pm
by diverman26
What would you suggest (if any) as a prerequisite for this course? It doesn’t sound quite like it is designed for someone who isn’t already fairly proficient with a handgun.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:34 pm
by Scott B.
diverman26 wrote:What would you suggest (if any) as a prerequisite for this course? It doesn’t sound quite like it is designed for someone who isn’t already fairly proficient with a handgun.


Don't worry about that. The instructors will pace it to the student and if you need some personal one-on-one attention, you'll get it. They won't let you get in over your head.

It's not a bad idea at all to take some classes, if you can, that are already offered in your area. Just about every range has some kind of program going on.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:45 pm
by Scott B.
I'll add another note as it sounds like you might be at the beginning of a journey to get more training. It's a piece of advice than an instructor told me once and I've held onto it.

Beware the cult of personality.

There's no one instructor that knows it all or the best way to do everything. There are a couple of things from the Carry Guard class that I won't add to my 'bag of tricks' and a couple that I've immediately adopted. The ones I'm keeping were more than worth the cost of the course and time invested.

Also, if you ever feel like a training activity is unsafe. Don't hesitate to turn around and walk away. Don't stick it out because of peer pressure.

FWIW, Carry Guard was extremely safe. They're on their toes when it comes to student safety.

Re: NRA Carry Guard - Level 1 Training

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:03 pm
by Scott B.
Had a little Carry Guard tchotchke show up from NRA today, a challenge coin.

They weren't in vogue when I was in and so I've only got a handful. By far my favorite is from the '41 protective detail that an agent gave me.