Many assume that once they’ve received their concealed carry permit and a little bit of firearms training, they’re adequately equipped to defend themselves and their families should a violent situation arise. However, there is much to be said about furthering your knowledge, skills and capabilities through integrated firearms training.
As Michael Potter, a certified NRA firearms instructors and range officer, and Steve Krystek, a trainer for special weapons and tactics and current police officer, share: “Integrated training provides you with improved tactical options and combat flexibility. The key to being a capable, ready firearms owner is to have a well-rounded set of skills that can be applied effectively when and where needed.”
With that in mind, let’s look at a few areas of integrated training that are beneficial for responsibly armed citizens to pursue.
Tactical Pistolcraft: This form of training improves standard marksmanship skills. It helps students step it up a notch with training on what to do in close-quarter combat situations as well as how to shoot while moving, how to take cover and how to navigate in low-light and no-light techniques.
Folding Knives: Many responsibly armed citizens carry additional gear, including folding knives. Those that do should be properly trained on how to use them effectively in close-quarter combat. A good training program will blend offensive and defensive skills as well as other movements and techniques.
Physical Defense Skills: Being prepared for any situation means you are prepared to defend yourself whether you are armed or not. Physical defense training courses should prepare students to deal with one or more aggressors using techniques such as empty-handed strikes, kicks and ground escape and domination, among others. Many trainers will also incorporate firearms retention and takeaway skills.
Force-on-Force Training: Potter and Krystek label force-on-force training as “the pinnacle of one’s personal defensive training program.” This type of training simulates realistic scenarios in which students need to defend themselves, giving them the opportunity to practice a variety of tactical skills to allow them to prevail in a physically violent encounter.
As we’ve shared before, the USCCA encourages advanced training for firearms and more in order to be a responsible and equipped self-reliant citizen. Visit our website today to view additional resources. Exclusive training materials are also available when you become a USCCA member.