Chicago Firearm Training

January 8, 2013

 Chicago Firearm Training

Chicago Firearm Training

Protect Yourself and Your Family  

Unfortunately we live in a society where crime is an issue and we simply must be able to protect ourselves and our loved ones. A firearm is a very effective way to do that when lethal force is warranted, but you must know how and when to use it. If you live in the Chicagoland area, and plan to own a firearm, then professional training is a must.

Let’s face it, there’s good and there’s not so good in everything, and Chicago firearm training classes are no exception. This is not something that should be taken lightly. In fact, this is an area where you should not cut corners at all. You’re looking for training in the safe and efficient use of a firearm for an important reason. Why take a chance and put your family and loved ones at risk. Making sure you get the right, high quality instruction from the beginning is extremely important.

For TRAINING or further information on Chicago, Cook County and Illinois gun laws and permit procedures, Click On or Call:

Paladin Training At Arms

Paladin Training At Arms – (800)245-8960

What To Look For In A Chicago Firearm Training Class

One would assume that in all firearm training classes you would learn everything you need to know to be an informed, responsible, law-abiding, gun owning citizen, right? Unfortunately that’s not the case. In fact, the opposite may be true. Actually, it’s your responsibility to find the right class and the right instructor so you will get the proper training. You need to know who you’re dealing with prior to giving someone your hard-earned money. The fact is, you owe it to yourself to find the best available firearm training in Chicago.

First off, ask yourself: What is your reason for wanting to attend a firearm training course? What are you looking to accomplish? Do you already own a firearm and are looking to become more proficient and secure with it? Do you want to be able to carry it for personal protection? Do you want it just for home protection? Or, maybe you haven’t even purchased one yet and are trying to decide if you should, and if so, which one would be best for you. Whether you’re looking for basic, intermediate or advanced training it’s important that you choose wisely.  There are so many crucial aspects of being a responsible firearm owner, that you shouldn’t leave anything to chance.

What are your expectations of a Chicago firearms training class? Do you have an idea of what it is you should learn? Well, first and foremost you’re going to want to learn the basics of firearm safety. Pay close attention to this portion of the training because keeping these 5 basic rules will eliminate accidents in this area.

  1. ALWAYS handle the firearm as if it were loaded.
  2. NEVER point the firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. ALWAYS keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are on target and have made the decision to fire.
  4. ALWAYS be sure of your target AND what is in line with it, in front of and behind.
  5. ALWAYS keep your firearms inaccessible to untrained and unauthorized people.

If these 5 universal rules of safe gun handling are followed at all times, there should never be an accident. These are the basics, but of course there are many other very important things you should learn as well.

Finding the Right Firearm

After safety, the next subject that should be covered is the explanation of the various types of firearms. The class should include illustrations of the various types, so you will understand the operation of each.

It’s important to figure out which one is right for you. If you don’t already own a firearm, or even if you do, you need to realize this is not a ‘one size fits all’ scenario. They come in all different shapes, sizes, weights and stopping power.  There are different calibers and each one has a different recoil or kick.  It’s important that you choose one that fits your size and strength, and you’re ability to control it. But as important, it has to have the stopping power to match the situation in which it will be used.

Know the Two Main Handgun Types  

There are two main types of handguns: A “revolver” and a “semi-auto.” You’ll have to determine which one is a better fit for you. A revolver has a round cylinder that typically holds six bullets or cartridges and revolves as it’s fired, hence the name revolver.  After each shot the cylinder spins to the next available cartridge.  You keep firing until all the cartridges have been used. A semi-auto on the other hand has no cylinder, but instead has a “magazine” that holds several cartridges, depending on the caliber of the gun. This handgun works in a semi-automatic fashion, where as every time the trigger is pulled, another cartridge is automatically moved into place to be fired.  This also continues until all the cartridges have been used.

Operation Of A FirearmFirearm Training in Chicago

You’ll need to know how to operate each one of them. You’ll need to be able to see and handle each type. But, while it is important to know something about how each operates, it is not necessary, at the beginner level of training, to become proficient in the handling of each. Know YOUR firearm. Know it well. Know how to handle it. Know how to manipulate the functions of it. Know how to take it apart (field strip) and clean it. It may very well save your life.

Often the Instructor will use what’s called a “blue gun”. They are called this because, when they first came out as a training aid, they were blue. Today they are several colors. Blue guns are injection molded plastic replicas of various firearms, so students can hold and get the feel of a firearm without using a real firearm.  Dummy ammo is also used in training the proper loading and unloading of magazines and firearms.

The newest training aid to hit the market is the SIRT laser training pistol. SIRT stands for Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger. It looks and feels like a real firearm but it only shoots laser beams. These things are way cool. There are 2 lasers, the first turns on when your finger is on the trigger, the second turns on at trigger break, which is when the shot would actually be fired. These trainers can be used in a classroom setting without worrying about accidents. Next Level Training, the developer of the SIRT is located in Washington state. Many Instructors don’t want to fly all the way to Washington to get the proper training for teaching with the SIRT. If your Instructor is using the SIRT, make sure he is Certified to do so.

You should be taught what a cartridge is and how it works. There should also be photos and videos in a training class that illustrate these handguns being fired so you’re able to understand how the process works as a whole.

Proper Stance And Grip

Next is stance, then grip. You’ll need to pick a stance and know why you’re picking it. How many different stances are there anyway? You should be taught this. Now, the grip. It seems every Instructor has their favorite, the one that works for them. But your hands may be smaller, maybe larger. You should be shown several of the, commonly recognized as safe, grips and allowed to choose which one works for you. Gripping it the wrong way, at the very least, will lead to inaccurate shooting but could also lead to serious injury.

You’ll need to be taught the proper way to aim. Common sense will tell you that if you don’t know how to properly aim, you simply won’t hit your target. This is the most fundamental part of using a firearm. The main part of this process will be to figure out which is your dominant eye and to partner that with your dominant hand.  This could be a bit of a process initially, but a good instructor will help you with that. Next is sight alignment and sight picture. What are these ? Make sure you are taught.

Choosing The Right Instructor

So, assuming you have never received any training previously, and know nothing about firearm instruction, you probably wouldn’t have the first clue on how to choose the right instructor or what to look for. There are definitely some things to consider, so let’s go over a few key points here.

Location, Location, Location  

First off, you should try to find an instructor that’s local. Not only is Chicago firearms training necessary, but it can be alot of fun too. This will probably be something you’ll want to continue through time. And when you find a friendly, knowledgeable, competent instructor, you’re going to want to continue your education with them as you move on to more advanced instruction. Let’s face it, there’s not enough time in the day as it is. It’s all about convenience, so why set yourself up for a daunting travel schedule down the road.

Know Your Instructor  

It’s important that you know who your instructor is. You’ll want to find out what formal training this person has had. Find out if they hold the proper certifications as an instructor and make sure they’re current. For example, is this person an NRA certified instructor, capable of teaching firearm classes? Keep in mind, your instructor can only teach you what he or she has been taught, and at what level they’ve been taught. So finding out about their background will give you insight into what you will learn and how you will be taught.

Next, does this instructor plan on continuing their training education as well? Again, if you like this instructor, there’s a good chance you’ll want to continue your education with them, and it would just makes sense to confirm that they will be able to provide that for you.

Ethics And Legalities

Ethics and legalities are certainly a big part of the responsibility of owning, carrying and using a firearm. Knowledge of your ethical and legal responsibilities in this situation is a must.

I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements in the newspaper, online or even just a sign along the road offering a concealed carry permit class. Have you ever wondered what the Illinois gun laws are? How about the Chicago gun laws? How about the Cook County gun laws? If you want to own a firearm in the Chicagoland area, then you certainly should know the laws pertaining to possessing, transporting and especially using a firearm in a self-defense situation.

Depending on where you reside in the Chicagoland area, you may be REQUIRED to take a Chicago firearm training class, especially if you’re looking to obtain a Chicago firearm permit and a Chicago gun registration.   But even if it’s not required, why not be safe and choose to be trained properly in the handling, use and safety of a firearm. Keep in mind, owning and using a firearm is a huge responsibility. The better trained you are, the safer you and your family will be.

And finally, along with the legal responsibilities of owning a firearm there are also moral and ethical responsibilities that go along with it. You must ask yourself, would I, or better yet could I, fire at another human being and possibly take their life in order to protect myself, my family and my loved ones? This is something of utmost importance and should be considered and discussed prior to ever even thinking of using a firearm for self-defense. These and other very important aspects of ownership and usage should and will be discussed and taught in a top quality Chicago firearm training class by a top quality Chicago firearm instructor!

Remember, a little common sense goes a long way.

Good luck and good shooting!

For TRAINING or further information on Chicago, Cook County and Illinois gun laws and permit procedures, Click On or Call:

Paladin Training At Arms

Paladin Training At Arms – (800)245-8960