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TRAIN-THE-TRAINER “INTRODUCTION TO PISTOL HANDLING FUNDAMENTALS” CURRICULUM

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  1. General Topics on Material Delivery
    8 Topics
  2. IMPORTANT: Safety Set Up and Weapons Check
    3 Topics
  3. Day 01 - First Class
    9 Topics
  4. Day 02 Stance-Platform-Sight Alignment-Grip
    9 Topics
  5. Day 03 C-Clamp-Intro to Draw
    10 Topics
  6. Day 04 Intro to Reloads and Movement -Get Off The X-
    2 Topics
  7. Day 05 Decelerating and Shooting
    4 Topics
  8. Day 06 Compromised Shooting Positions
    5 Topics
  9. Day 07 Target Transitions
    6 Topics
  10. Day 08 Testing and Congratulations
    1 Topic
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The number one priority is that everyone is safe and feels comfortable on day one, but it is helpful to have a baseline test.  A baseline test provides a partial quantitative assessment, but moreover a qualitative feel for the skill level of the student and their attitude.  A measured test provides a quantitative measure for their speed and accuracy, and testing the various skill sets.  A baseline test also provides feedback to the students on how much improvement they have made when they take the same baseline test in 8 weeks.  Note, we’re doing the baseline test with SIRT pistols since there may be some very poor and/or unsafe handling. We’re not saying that’s okay, we’re saying it’s good to illuminate safety issues so that you, as an instructor, can understand where their skill level is at and where the class as a whole is starting from.

The number one objective for a baseline test is safety.  We have to absolutely make sure there is no injury, no live fire tools, no way that person can possibly get hurt.  Be sure to be 100% comfortable with the safety check protocol before starting your first class.

A second objective of the incoming examination test is that they are comfortable in executing the test.  This is their first class and you do not want to have an environment where a test brings forth an excessive sense of self-incompetence that they shouldn’t be in this course.  We do not want to present this as a super-combat action endeavor, but rather just a very practical execution of skill sets of gun handling.  We will be shooting the Century BOB bags for a target, but you don’t have to go into depth about human shaped targets and using lingo such as “turning off the pump” or the “light switch” or any such tactical nomenclature.  The Century BOB is just simply an inanimate target at this phase with the vast benefits of a three dimensional target for them to get used to targets beyond just paper, two dimensional targets.

Set up the drill beforehand with LASR. Become very familiar with LASR and make sure the lighting conditions are appropriate.  You may have to, in extreme cases, use a pop tent tarp to have enough diminished ambient light to make the unit work.  Obviously, watch the LASR module to get fully prepped on this technology

Target set up is where there is a first BOB bag target to dress in the individual at 5 yards from the baseline.  Make sure it’s not closer than 5 yards.  If the target is too close retention shooting would be more appropriate.   

Make sure the second target is placed at the 15 yard mark and faced sideways to the student.  You want to make use of the BOB bags inherent nature of being a 3D target.  This target is an instant incapacitating lateral head shot.   

 

Make sure you demo the drill. Your demo should be very smooth; not necessarily slow but not herky-jerky fast.  You are just simply demoing the mechanics of what they need to do, which is laid out in detail below.  

Ease their mind, and perhaps best practice is to have the general class doing things such as being lectured on the logistics of your facility, using the bathroom, telling their own story and background, some general acquaintance, and people getting their name tags on, while your assistant instructor pulls them over and just engages the test.  This is not a pressure test or a test of their nerves.  Some students will be very nervous and feel very foolish.  Remember some students have never handled a pistol before in their life.  A SIRT Pistol is totally inert, it can not go boom, but they may still be very nervous to even handle a dedicated training tool.  However, the baseline test is a baseline, so part of the personal growth for the students is building that substantive confidence with safe gun handling ability.  The worse they start off in the baseline, the more ground they will make in the next 8 weeks.  

You don’t want the students to be excessively and unnecessarily uncomfortable in taking the test.  Use your best judgment to select who goes and in what order.  If possible, engage in the test without everyone’s prying eyes on them.  We want to make them feel comfortable, and they understand it is a baseline, so the student understands the test is a measure illustrating the gains in their pistol handling and performance by the end of the 8 weeks.

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The sample videos below are to help you see how this instruction is actually taught. Now, this is not the only way to instruct, but it is shown to give you an example.