NEED PISTOL TRAINING FOR A FLORIDA
CONCEALED CARRY WEAPONS PERMIT ?
DON'T BE FOOLED INTO TAKING ONLY A
"QUICKIE" SAFETY COURSE.
THE QUESTIONABLE "QUICKIE"
There are many shooting ranges; gun show operators; gun dealers; and borderline "instructors" who are offering to furnish you with a certificate for a "zippie slam bam" firearms safety course, which they represent as fair preparation for carrying a pistol. Fair preparation it is certainly, not.
SAFETY COURSES FALL SHORT OF THE MARK
A survey of typical firearms "safety" courses reveals that most of the meat of a proper course is left out. The outline of a safety course consists of four points. 1. Gun Safety; 2. The Types of Firearms; 3. The Ammunition For Each Type; and 4. The Cleaning and Storage. And, because the State of Florida requires proficiency in shooting, many instructors have added a single shot or several shots at a target to technically comply with the
Statutes. Beware of folks offering these courses !
WHAT A CONCEALED CARRY PISTOL IS REALLY FOR
There can be no question that a handy, hidden pistol, carried by a good citizen,
is to be employed in the event of a deadly threat. The pistol is a tool, and instrument
to be used in self defense, in order to deliver extreme violence on a bad guy intent
on serious bodily harm-
PISTOLS ARE MEANT FOR SHOOTING
We must reiterate here, what we have been teaching since the inception of SHOOTSTARFIRE.
And, that is that success with a handgun in a gunfight can only be achieved with
good, fast shooting skills. It's really, that simple. Of course, safety is important.
A well planned pistol class actually has a strong thread of safety interwoven throughout
the entire learning experience. It cannot be isolated from shooting. But, the prime
objective must be on the actual striking of the target-
"SAFETY" IN PERSPECTIVE
Just consider, for moment, a pilot at the controls of a jet fighter. Nearly every motion he or she makes in taking off, flying to the site of the battle, and landing again at home base, has to be carried out in a safe fashion. But, the focus of the pilot has to be on his mission. Familiar with the war making ability of the fighter plane, the pilot is concentrating on delivering the devastating violence for which the airborne weapons system was intended. So, the flying and fighting is carried out is as safe a way as possible. The fight involves initiating dynamic action in order to take control of the battle, deprive the enemy of his ability to inflict damage, and emerge the winner of the event. This is all accomplished in the least risky and most agressive way possible.
THE RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER STATES IN RECIPROCITY
As of this writing, Florida currently enjoys agreements with some 33 other states wherein they pretty much honor each others' carry permits, with some variances.
THE FRAGILITY OF THE UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN STATES
Some states have been studying the training requirements placed on applicants in other states to assess the compatibility of their philosophies. Many states have seen the logic in insisting on minimum standards for licensing their citizens which are higher than those required by the State of Florida. Some states honor Florida's carry permit out of courtesy only, primarily taking a positive stand for the 2nd Ammendment. But this sentimentality may not hold together for long.
FLORIDIANS MOVING TO OTHER STATES
A number of states that currently honor the integrity of the Florida carry permit, will not issue you a permit in their state, should you move there, if you haven't taken the course they require. Very often the simple "safety" course is not well regarded as sufficient training for individuals to be licensed to carry a concealed pistol. Thoughtful lawmakers are increasingly looking on the safety course as just enough training to keep family members from accidentally shooting each other in the home environment. And, we sincerely believe that such training is important, as a starging point, in the family home setting, although it is really, little more than a small portion of an adequate course outline for those wanting to learn how to handle a pistol.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPEMENTS
The State of Texas has recently studied the types of courses offered by trainers in their state. For the most part Texas lawmakers had held that the only type of course which made any sense was the popular eight hour class. There was, of course, no way they would consider a mere safety course sufficient. After some study, it was recently, decided though, that many instructors were really just doing busy work to make the class last 8 hours, and that the real meat of an introductory level pistol handling course could be properly contained in a well planned four hour session. With the non essentials trimmed from the class outline, and more range time included, it was believed the outcome would be much better, actually enabling the student to retain more critical information and develope more skill in actual pistol handling.
THE SHOOTSTARFIRE GROUND BREAKING PROGRAM
It is significant to note here that SHOOTSTARFIRE designed what we believed was the
optimum, hybrid four hour class years ago, at the time of the inception of the Institute.
A compressed two hour classroom session, followed by a dynamic two hour range session,
has long been offered as the popular Introduction To Pistol Handling course (PD-
THE REQUIREMENT OF APPLYING WISDOM
This scrutiny of depth of training has been brought on by the wisdom of considering what it is that really occurs when a gun toting, law abiding citizen is suddenly assaulted by a vicious criminal. To many an intelligent legislator, the idea of having hundreds of thousands of armed citizens moving about the State's roads, stores, public events, et al, with no more than a "bare minimum" class behind them, can be very distressing, as it is considered by many a receipe for certain disaster, sooner or later.
POOR TRAINING MEANS HORRIBLE RESULTS
The result of a vicious assault on a victim unprepared for the shock delivered by the sheer speed and agression suffered in a planned attack can be truly awful. There is really no hope for a positive outcome for the victim if he or she has not practiced to respond quickly in the proper fashion.
THE CRUX OF THE MATTER
Based on the foregoing information, we find it necessary to advise the prospective student, that our primary purpose is to teach the handling of firearms in ways that enable the safest, most efficient and effective delivery of deadly projectiles on the selected target, in a self defense or sporting scenario. We hope you decide to train with SHOOTSTARFIRE. If, however, you choose to train elsewhere, please select a school that insists on teaching the student more than just safety. And that means a range session which involves a minimum of 50 to 75 shots fired; at varying distances; with at least 4 different types of targets; each of which is designed to teach certain skills. If you ever have to defend yourself with a firearm, and we sincerely hope you do not, we can assure you that the only hope you will have of keeping the threat from imposing his will on you is if you have the proper training tucked under your belt along with your pistol. (Or along with a rifle or shotgun in hand).
THE NATURE OF A FIGHT
The scene of an assault/defense event is not a safe place for any player. Actually, it should be said that in the case of a untrained defender being present, the one less likely to be injured or killed is the bad guy. So, if you are the intended target, you must prepare to repel the threat with more effective force than the threat has presented. In order to accomplish this you must know how to think and move in an efficient and forceful manner. The battlefield is always dangerous. And it is the job of the one in the right to make the scene much more dangerous for the enemy.
So, if you are not willing to train properly, please do not carry a gun. Please. If, on the other hand, your want to do your best in repelling an assault on your person or on a loved one, then, we would be pleased to guide you
to a point of proficiency. Come with the attitude that you will not willingly surrender to a threat, and we will work with you in adding the dynamic dimension of confidence that will serve you well the rest of your days.