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I'm not a police officer. I work for an armored car company. Guess what? Profit margins before training. We get 3 days of firearms training when initially hired then have to qualify twice a year. End of training. No defensive tactics or threat assessment other than look around before you get out of the vehicle (which is a good idea). Personal funds are tight. I carry millions but make pennies. Any ideas on training that I can do that is no cost/extremely low cost? I have taken a tactical handgun course (my expense) 2-3 years ago. I've read many books to prepare myself mentally (Dave Grossman, Loren Christensen, Gavin De Becker, etc). I went out and bought a Crossman pellet pistol so I can practice target acquisition/sight alignment at home. I practice gun take aways at close range through different videos. I'm doing what I can, but it just doesn't seem adequate enough in my mind. Any ideas would be appreciated.
ROFL. We got maybe four hours when I did armoured transport and fired EXTREMELY dirty SW 66s. I did not even come close to qualifying my first time (sprained wrist) and still passed.
What about martial art courses offered through the YMCA or perhaps the community colleges? Self defense courses offered through various sources in the community?
Unfortunately, a pellet pistol isn't the same as a .38 (what I shot) or the 9mm. The only way to get better at firing is to actually do it correctly (Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes Perfect), which involves shelling out money for rounds. The is no real cheap way I can think of to do that other than maybe loading your own rounds.
11-28-07, 07:27 PM
Sorry - but there is only one way to practice shooting, and that is to actually practice shooting. That pretty much means that somebody has to foot the bill for the weapon, the ammo and the range time. Assuming that youíve tried (without luck) to get your current employer to provide you with more training, your best (or at least safest) option is to shop around for an employer who will provide you with a reasonable amount of ongoing and realistic training. If you are shot on duty - will your current employer take care of you? Iím guessing not.
11-28-07, 09:26 PM
Does your local police dept have an aux. program? Might look into that.....training is available via that route.