I’m a new member looking for input from the community.
I am a five year active duty service veteran (Coast Guard 90-95). My service training covered the basics: weapon handling, safety, range etiquette, etc, and I carried a side arm during deployment - but I recognize that was a long time ago and a entirely different environment. I do not feel I presently have the appropriate training to carry on a daily basis.
I have been looking at training courses to increase / update my training. I would like to maximize my expenditure but I’m not sure of what the recommended or appropriate level I should consider going in at would be. I am presently a gun owner and I frequent a local range.
I am signed up for a personal defense in the home class in September, but wondering if perhaps there are other courses I should consider before this one. My question is: Are there any general recommendations on training approach for this type of profile, and were any of you in a similar situation and at what point in your post service training did you decide to start actively carrying?
Edit with relevant facts: I live in a constitutional carry state. Have shot over the years with friends but purchased own pistols within past 12 months.