Itâ€™s like thereâ€™s this weird dynamic on this training issue where on one side you have people who think all training sucks and as long as they have theirÂ
lucky rabbitâ€™s footÂ err gun in their pocket, theyâ€™re ten feet tall and bulletproof. And on the other, you have people who eat, sleep and poop training because theyâ€™re high-speed, low-drag mall ninja wanna be supper troopers who think everyone who doesnâ€™t work out and train is one cell level above an amoeba in terms of functioning.
I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of people who successfully defend themselves don’t have much more than the basic training requirements for their state. I would never pooh-pooh training, and even though I think HTH training is a good idea, I can’t say that I’ve taken a course. For one, training is expensive, and for two, training takes time, and time and money have been in short supply for two years. Caleb notes:
The great majority of defensive gun uses donâ€™t involve a shot being fired. Most of them are in the home, draws/reloads arenâ€™t a factor, and you know what â€“ the level of training of the good guy isusuallyÂ not relevant. Those are all great justifications for not getting professional training, because after all you probably wonâ€™t need it. Thatâ€™s the honest truth. But odds are youâ€™re going to go your entire life and never need your gun. $400 for a magic talisman seems a little steep to me.
I think for the carrier, you have a duty to be competent. You should be able to perform all the motions necessary for self-defense with safety and reasonable competence. I don’t think that necessarily has to involve working your way through all the coursework at Gunsite or Insights, though if you decided to do that, it certainly isn’t a bad idea. But if you choose that route, you should choose it for you, not because you have any duty to. Once you talk about going to one of these schools for some of their basic courses, you’ll end up with more self-defense training than many police have, who are orders of magnitude more likely to need their gun than you are.