For the sake of this thread, what is the definition of ‘formal training’?
If it means having to ‘officially’ pay someone else? And attend their ‘official’ class? There are many, numerous ‘qualified trainer’s’ in real life and on YouTube. There are many who are not?
What qualifies? To be considered ‘formal training’? There are many self imposed gun guru’s who call themselves ‘experts.’
Some are quite famous, some, unknown by the masses. So is being a famously known firearms trainer the qualifier?
Because if it is, then millions of people never will get or have any kind of ‘formal training.’ The largest percentage of the CCW majority, are never going to spend the quite expensive fee’s to go to and attend a Gunsite or Thunder Ranch and learn under the tutelage of a Bob Staley or Clint Smith. If they live out of state from these various famous locations, you’re not just talking fee’s to attend, but travel, food & accommodations, adequate gear and clothing for the class and so on.
I always like to say the phrase, “there’s no such thing as an ‘expert.’ Why?
A true expert, will never claim or call themselves an ‘expert.’
Line 10 experts against a wall and ask them their expertise on any type of advanced firearms training? You will most likely get 10 completely different answers.
As CCW individuals; each of us alone, are our on trainer’s and experts. There is nothing anywhere, officially or set in stone, that says, you cannot personally provide, your own ‘formal training’ yourself. By yourself. No one else is physically needed or required. No money for classes, or in person training by someone else, in order to become ‘formal training.’
In saying all of this, there’s nothing wrong with having the money, time and dedication, to seek out advanced training by others, who yourselves consider to be qualified trainers.
But the person who either can’t afford or has the time to travel and seek out others for formal training? Are no less dedicated if they simply get on YouTube where there are countless trainers and gun gurus, teaching basic firearms fundamentals and advanced training skills and techniques in whatever interests you wherever you are currently at in your own personal levels of training.
As an example, I can easily get on YouTube and find actual teaching videos, of guys like Clint Smith, Dave Spaulding,
Shaun Lamb and many others, doing actual teaching videos free of charge. Bob Staley has teaching videos on YT where he is actually teaching from Gunsite Ranch! Straight to you from the Arizona Desert!
There is Teaching and there is Training. They are not one and the same. While they both can be combined, they also can be separated and done in succession. Learning an advanced class or technique from a famous firearms personality, is the same, whether in person or on video. But training with that person live and in person? Is great if you can acquire that.
But if you can’t? Take what you learned from the video and then simply map out a training outline from what you ‘learned’ and then go to a range on your own and incorporate what you learned from the video and the training outline you mapped out and written for yourself.
If it’s an advanced technique that acquires a lot of manipulation of the firearm without actually needing to put a bunch of rounds down range? Inert dummy rounds that can be purchased from anywhere are great training tools you can do at home. Then the shooting portion is easily done at the range.
If it requires mobility and shooting? Finding a local outside range or gun club which allows to possibly shoot paper and steel silhouette could be an option that is viable and saves money.
My question is, why wouldn’t or couldn’t all this be considered, ‘formal training’? Because I didn’t pay a self proclaimed expert some money to attend their class? Just curious. I have an inquiring mind.