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Firearms Training: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

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Author: Bill Orndorf

Firearms Training: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

The title of this article is confusing. Let’s break it down as it relates to the world of firearms training.

Hopefully, the instruction you give or receive is based on proven principles, gathered over time and passed from one generation to the next. Society advances by learning from the past. It’s the compounding effect of rapidly improving techniques or ideas.

We improve our ideas as new-found knowledge emerges. People who stay on the cutting edge will best utilize this new knowledge. Keep up or be left behind. 

Service Value and Rewards

The rewards we receive are determined by the service we provide and the perceived value of that service. It’s that simple. The more service you provide, the greater your rewards. I don’t make the rules, I only observe the rules life established.

If you’re teaching 20-year-old techniques, your rewards will match your service, and you’ll find your business going the way of Woolworth’s, or more recently, J. C. Penney or General Electric. They didn’t keep up with the times, and the times passed them by.

A Knowledge Challenge

I challenge you — have you looked at new ways to improve your instructor business, to make you a more valuable instructor? Have you attended a “train the trainer” course, such as a Sig Academy or Tom Givens?

Let’s look at this from a student perspective — and this applies to all of us, including instructors. Have you continued your training or was the four-hour CCW class the end of your learning curve?

Are you aware that you don’t know what you don’t know?

Experience is the best teacher without a doubt. Keeping your skills sharp and staying engaged, though, makes you a better student and a better instructor. Nothing worthwhile in life is mastered in four hours. Seek out instructors whose resumes indicate attendance at recent schools and constant learning.

Consistently work on improving what you do, so you service stays effective and your rewards great.

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