Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Keep The Sword Sharp

This blog is blessed with some of the best readers, commenters, and persons who correspond via email to be found on the planet. This gem from a comment recently:
"One thing I heard one instructor emphasize that I think applies is 'You don't know what you don't know'."

The commenter continued later:
"'You don't know what you don't know.' If you don't do anything but [XXX Training], you'll never see other situations, problems, and solutions to those problems that other people have worked out."

As the Tactical Professor put it:

If your first instinct is to argue this post by trying to make it seem as if this author is claiming to "know it all" (despite a complete lack of evidence to that claim), then perhaps you should take this into consideration:
  • The author took 4 live fire classes in 2021, and has over 20 days of live fire instruction over any 24-month period covering the last 10 years. 
  • The author is already signed up (and paid) for three live fire classes in 2022 - all before April 30. 
  • The author took 4 medical classes in 2021, and has at least that many scheduled for 2022. 
  • The author realizes this is not a flex by any means, as there are some out there who blow this training schedule away! 

If you are an instructor, or in any way consider yourself an expert in the firearms world, and you are not continuing your education, here's a hint: you are not an expert.

If your first instinct is to argue any of the points in this meme, you need to be in a training class now!

1 comment:

  1. I first became firearms instructor for the U.S. Border Patrol in 1986. Uncle Sugar sent me to many schools and competitions.
    Shortly after 9/11 I left retirement and began an 8 year career as a firearms instructor for the FLETC in Artesia, NM and the USBP Academy there. I learned something from every training class I took and from every other instructor I worked with.(and a few students)
    It must be kept up. I freely confess that I am rusty as all get out these days. Stay with it. Just like the trigger finger being a perishable skill, so is instructing.


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