Wyotana Pistol Training Session
Highest gun sales ever these days…..
Having been certified by the NRA since 1987 as a Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun/HomeDefense instructor. I’ve taught hundreds how to shoot safely personally and in organized class room settings. I’m a currently certified Range officer and past range master/match director of national shooting events. Along the way, I was a Marshal for a few years in a small town where I did more EMT work than cop work. I’m also a decade long commercial FFL/dealer/manufacture of many things firearm related. (I have nothing to sell to civilians sorry so don’t ask please plus I am currently in no position to do classes up here lol. ). The guns and ammo I build are sold by third parties in Gillette so I don’t actually deal with the public.
My point is, as a firearms professional past and present, my advice is to practice/ practice/ practice. Buy what you can manage (control) and don’t underestimate just the presence of a firearm at a bad moment. The problem with showing up to a fight with a gun, is that there is a gun at the fight. Still you need to practice, make things happen automatically…. Learn how to clear jams. How to easily and quickly load magazines. BTW, never ever ever catch a magazine with your free hand. Instead be picking up a fresh one instead for instance. Let the other fall to the floor. Many a person has been found shot with an empty mag in their weak hand. Just saying….
If you don’t have much ammo, draw and dry fire your pistol till your arms ache. Anything you do 3000 times becomes muscle memory. That’s 100 magazines with an AR-15 just to learn the trigger with live ammo. Time to get busy if your not in your top form. Learn how grandpa’s old 45 in the corner loads and works. Now is a good time to learn such things if you don’t already know. Lots of good YouTube videos out there …..
There are many reasons to learn to use a firearm. The most important one is safety. Yours and others your responsible for. A tool in the hands of someone that knows how to use it is a definition of safety. Otherwise not so much. In the three decades I’ve actively carried a live firearm or two, I’ve only had to point them toward a threat as a police officer. I never had to pull the trigger in response to a perceived threat. Things do go into slow motion…..Stress is a big deal, you need to experience it firing a loaded weapon before you do it for real.. Stress kills rational thinking and you make bad decisions. Better to make automatic decisions.
If I were to fear for my life or others and being forced to defend…. I’m pretty sure I have an rather large advantage over someone who hasn’t put millions of rounds down range. Tactical Instruction at the highest levels at some time or another is a lofty goal because… Having an instinctive advantage due to training is a huge deal in a gun fight. Trust me on this. Otherwise your trying to find out where the safety is on a Glock pistol🤔 while someone is giving you reason to need to use it.
As host of the Wyoming Tactical Rifle Championship held here on ranch, I am surrounded by over 300 long metal targets on 4 world class courses out to ranges of 1000+ yards. All because we host the 501C3 non-profit Wyoming Tactical Rifle Championship here (cancelled for this summer). But we have raised in excess of 100K for Wounded Vets and families of same. Firearms are a daily way of life in this country. I have some of the best shooters on the planet come up here to train and learn. I learn and work everyday with/about firearms to one degree or another.
Then again… Most of the locals have been shooting moving coyotes at 300 yards from the back of a moving pickup truck since they were 6 or 7 years old. EVERYBODY has a rifle in their truck here. Many of the surrounding ranchers have been Range Officers at our “shoot” over the last 18 years. They know pretty much what the are doing after a weekend here.
Wyoming Laws enable permit-less open carry and concealed carry in most places. Other surrounding states have concealed carry everywhere by permit but open carry is limited to out of cities. Folks that don’t live in the west don’t understand the pervasiveness of the culture. Your state laws will vary, let’s hope for national concealed weapons permits for truckers traveling across many state lines particularly those that have to go into touchy areas.
If your curious what that pistol is, that’s an STI 2011 in 9mm taken during the WTRC competition in 2019 in live competition. Note how fast it got back on target…. Flat with line of sight and the case is close…. “Flat” shooting….
Everybody wear Glasses and Hearing Protection. Know and follow the rules of safe gun handling please. Clean that firearm and have it ready for use.
Facebook, I am a Type 7-2 FFL/Special Occupational Tax Stamp holder (SOT) Manufacture/Dealer.
Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands (Wyotana)
Title: Wyotana Pistol Training Session