There's no time like the present to take an online gun course. And, if you didn't know, we just happen to have a few that are excellent and taught by renowned instructors.
The main goal of any of our courses is to up your game as a defensive shooter and they will do just that if you apply what you learn. We want to teach you how to not only stay alive in a critical incident where you need to use your gun in self-defense, but help you thrive.
Let's take a look at a few of these online courses more in detail:
This class is excellent for those of you who are new to the wonderful world of gun ownership and concealed carry. It also just happens to be excellent as a refresher for more experienced gun owners.
And for the price, you get to take a class from our company president who has taught countless people in person and online.
Here are a few of the things he covers:
- Traveling – State Laws / Airplanes
- Firearm and CCW Reciprocity
- Dealing with Traffic Stops & Other Confrontations with Law Enforcement
- How to maximize ongoing training & practice
- How Often Should You Train?
- How to train using lower caliber or laser training weapons
- Tips for Range Training for Self Defense
- How to master a defensive mindset
- Home Defense Fundamentals
One of the most important aspects of fighting for your life and staying alive is being able to defend yourself from cover. Here's the thing, though — almost nobody teaches this skill.
And I'd say that chances are pretty good that, most of the time, when you “practice” shooting at the range you're shooting at a static target, standing in your “shooter's stance.”
Fighting from cover is not one of those things that comes naturally and if you've never fired a gun in these situations you won't know what you're doing. And, studies have shown that your chances of survival go up if you're able to get behind cover.
Therefore, being able to identify and use it properly is a must if you take surviving seriously.
Here are a few of the things you'll learn in this class:
- The proper method of slicing the pie when working with cover
- How to find the right balance of distance off cover given your current threat
- The dangers of being too close OR too far off your cover
- Dealing with and even taking advantage of physical limitations
- How to manage mechanical offset with handguns or rifles to get shots on your threat
- What everyday objects provide good cover in a home, in a workplace, and in public
- All the various shooting positions you can use to get shots on any target
There is a very real chance that your home can be burglarized. There is also a very real chance that you'll be there when/if that does happen. That's a bad scenario that I hope you never find yourself in because people tend to have a false sense of security when in their homes.
Part of the problem is that home defenders buy a 12 gauge shotgun because they read on the internet that it's the best home defense gun (I'm not saying that it is or is not) and then call it quits on their strategy.
Listen, the gun you choose for your home defense is NOT your strategy. You need to do things to prevent people from choosing your home, to prevent them from getting in if they're stupid enough to try, and to stop them from hurting you or your loved ones if they actually get in.
There is a lot more that goes into it than just getting your gun and some ammo for it. Here are just a few of the things they cover in that course, and they do real-life scenarios so you can see it first hand:
- Where and How to Hide and Stage Firearms For Quick Access
How to Pick out and Where to Place Firearms Safes to Maximize Access and Minimize Risk
- How to choose between Carbines, Handguns, Shotguns, and PCCs
- The best tools, accessories, and methods for staging each of those firearms
- Analyzing different rifle, shotgun, and handgun ammunition for home use
Lights and Lasers
The 5 Fundamentals of Home Defense & Home to Apply These to Your Defense Plan
How to Properly Answer The Door and Deal With Necessary Strangers Like Repair People
Why and How to Carry A Gun In the Home Including a Look at Off Body Carry
- How to Clear Rooms and Move Through The House to Get to Loved Ones
- One Easy to Remember Strategy to Dealing With Home Intruders That You Can Use to Build and Practice The Best Response Plan
- A Look at Common Objects and Furniture in The Home That Will And Won't Stop Bullets
If you haven't noticed so far when reading this article, there has been an underlying theme. That theme is self-defense in and around things like cover, your home, and now your car.
We like to teach classes concerning things that the average citizen may experience.
Since most of us live in a building and have a car, it makes sense that these are our courses.
You're likely in your car a lot. You probably have to drive to pick up stuff at the store, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who still have a job, visiting family members, etc.
This means that you need to not only know how to defend yourself in and around your vehicle, but also how your car reacts when being shot or when you shoot through it. Here are some of the things you'll learn:
- How to Bail Out and Shoot Through the V
- Car Cover, Concealment, and Angles
- Getting Shots on Target From any Position
- Tactical Considerations Shooting Into the Vehicle
- How to Draw and Make Ready In The Vehicle
- Dealing With Threats From Multiple or Different Directions
- Dealing With Passengers In The Car
- Stealth draw position – draw from this position and you’ll always have the element of surprise on your side
- 1 handed shooting techniques and how to practice every scenario
- What to consider if you drive often with strangers, perhaps as a professional driver, whether you drive for Uber, Lyft, or UPS
- Proper Fighting Positions for passenger attacks from behind
Being able to do any of the above to this point assumes that you actually know how to land shots on a target with some accuracy. If you cannot do this, you need to practice more.
Heck, I take that back, even if you can shoot well, shooting is a perishable skill that needs to be practiced on a regular basis. And, one of the best ways to practice is by shooting drills both in dry fire practice, and regular live fire practice at the gun range.
This is one of the reasons why we put this course together. It is absolutely imperative that you're practicing things that will actually help your defensive goals, and not just slinging lead downrange at a target.
There are a total of 15 drills that Riley goes over in this course, and these are essential drills to help you be more proficient with your gun. Here are just five of those drills:
- 44 Drill
- Switch Hitting Drill
- Tri-10 Drill
- Bill Drill
- Reload Drill
Once again, we see the overall theme coming into play. We start with the fundamentals of concealed carry and move on to protecting yourself in and around your car and home, shooting from cover, shooting drills, and now being able to take care of people, medically.
While this isn't a gun training course directly, this is a necessity that people overlook a lot.
If the initial goal is to stay alive and save life, what better way to do that than with having the trauma skills necessary to actually save a life?
It doesn't matter which life you save … whether your own, a family member, or if you take pity on the idiot who broke into your house at 3 in the morning — having the necessary skills to save people is a must.
I think we've taken the stance as a company that says this: If you have the ability (skills, mindset, tools) to take life (in a self-defense encounter), you should also have the ability (skills, mindset, tools) to save life (after the self-defense encounter is over).
Then I take the personal stance as to say that if you don't have those skills it's irresponsible.
We finish this article with this course because this wraps everything up. You must be able to save life. In order to be able to save life, you must have the knowledge to do so. This knowledge is imparted to you by a Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsman with first-hand experience and knowledge.
In this course there are 13 modules:
- Trauma Medicine and the Combat Mind Set
- The Gear of a Medic
- Vital Signs and Anatomy
- Intro to MARCH
- Massive Hemorrhage
- Hypothermia and Head Trauma
- Other Injury Types
- Practical Tourniquet Exercises and Improvised Solutions
- Your Role as a Medic
Your training doesn't stop at your static shooting of targets. If you take concealed carry and being ready for any incident seriously, you'll never stop learning from people who are qualified to teach you.
Whether it's furthering your knowledge and skills in defensive scenarios or being able to keep a person alive until the EMTs show up, it's your duty to possess as many skills as you can, so you're more prepared for anything that may come.
The above courses are designed to get you on your way, but you should always strive to take in-person instruction whenever possible as it offers a different dynamic than the online or DVD courses and is extremely valuable.
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