In the US there continues to be a strong desire among many people to carry weapons outside of the home. This is a legal right in many states depending on the type of weapon and the places that an individual wants to go. In most states, a person is required to take classes and pass a test before they are allowed to carry any kind of concealed weapon and that’s a good thing. However, just taking the class, passing the test and procuring the license doesn’t really endow a person with the right kind of knowledge to be a responsible gun owner. There are lots more training classes that can help a person achieve the right knowledge and experience in order to be confident in their abilities.
The First Step Is The License To Carry Course
The LTC course is designed to give the gun owner all of the basics in a classroom environment to pass the test in most states. At the end of the course, the student will know all of the basics of gun safety, the laws and responsibilities of carrying a weapon, and a limited amount of actual firearm training.
It’s important to do some research before you take any LTC or CHL class to find out how much experience in the field the instructor has and also how well they can train others as well. There should be a variety of training materials that allow the students to absorb the material in their most preferable learning method. Some people retain knowledge better from the written text, others verbal listening, and still others from video or hands on. The best courses will offer all learning types together as each one helps to reinforce and cement the training in the mind.
Unfortunately, these courses only teach the basic handling of the weapons, the law, and their proficiency. They don’t go into great detail in the training of the actual use of the firearm as that is a much longer process and takes a lot of practice. While this is an unavoidable deficit in nearly all CHL courses since the time limitation will always make this part of the training something the gun owner has to do on their own. Most of the courses have a duration of 4 to 6 hours total, including classroom time and testing together.
After Licensing It’s Time To Hit The Range
The LTC will teach you the basic legalities of carrying a weapon but the true responsibility of ownership goes much deeper. Using the weapon during some kind of altercation requires many more hours of instruction and practice to become competent in the context of a fight. There are advanced courses that are highly recommended in most states that will teach tactical training covering real conditions. Knowing how to use your weapon, and when not to, are extremely important so that you don’t end up in jail for accidently shooting the wrong person or firing blindly into a crowd and killing a child.
After you’ve got your license and then taken some advanced tactical training, you still need to develop the skills of drawing your weapon, taking aim and then firing when under stress, in the dark, and when filled with doubt. This can only come with many long hours shooting and training in the appropriate facility on a regular basis.