Unreality-based Training.

If this is “Real World Training” for you, you live in the wrong neighborhood. Yes, it looks like fun (except for the dozen or so times that people get guns pointed at them by people allegedly on their side), but that’s all it would be: Fun. That sort of training would make little or no difference in my day to day safety, in fact, one could make the argument that I’d be more safe if I didn’t take that class.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The metaphor that’s currently in-use for civilian firearms training, namely, one-on-one encounters or multiple bad guys with one armed civilian represents a limited subset of my reality and the reality of the “civilian” firearms owner who carries concealed. That’s due in part, I think, because of who is creating the training: Modern firearms training tends to spring from the experiences of police forces and the military because they get paid to get shot at and therefore wind up in more goofy situations than we civilians.

But they rarely, if ever, have to deal with other people in their force equation beyond “Don’t hit innocents with stray bullets” or “Lay down cover fire for your buddies”. This is not true in my case and in the case of anyone with a family. For us, we’re by ourselves half the time, but the other half of the time, we’re with wife and kids and/or friends, and protecting them becomes part of our self-defense equation.

It sounds like the skills I need to learn aren’t the skills of a Pier One Operator or a beat cop, they’re the skills of a bodyguard. Rather than roll around on the ground like a high school wrestling class or learn how to form a CQB stack, I’d like to see an Advanced Pistol Class that covers how to shoot accurately whilst holding 3 plastic shopping bags in one hand while making sure my wife and a recalcitrant 12 year old and 10 year old don’t catch a round.

That there is truly “real world” training.

You know how many people are teaching that? Zero and/or squat. There are a lot of bodyguard schools out there, but they teach (im)personal protection as a career, not as part of an armed lifestyle. I’m not in this me, I’m in it for my family, and I’d like it if more firearms trainers understood that.

Update: Grant Cunningham has a similar take. We forget that we are not the market for our training.