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Ok so we get a lot of questions about…Tactical firearms training.
A lot, by actors, stunt performers even filmmakers who want to invest in training. And they want to know what to invest in because there are so many options out there. So, a lot of times, what they want is to learn something realistic that they can use to grow their career. Yet also they can use to protect themselves. So, they can kind of take care of two birds with one stone so, to speak. The first thing is one of the questions we’ll cover. A few questions and it’ll answer. You’ll get the answers that you want.
So first of all…
Q1: What are tactical gun training courses and online tactical training courses?
And this is an important distinction. We’re going to cover the other type of courses that are out there next.
And in tactical training, the objectives are to study combat theory and also how to develop the right mindset so you can be effective if a combat or a personal or a self-defense situation comes about. Also, how to respond in two different scenarios. Because sometimes, like even if you have a firearm, you don’t want to have to, most of the time you don’t have to use it in real life we’re talking about. You’ll also learn defensive shooting techniques, how to protect yourself, your family, the people around you, the legal aspects of actually owning a handgun.
Proper use of concealed carry for your handgun. All the things that have to do with your personal life. How to protect yourself, your family, your property. You’re going to learn those things in tactical firearms training courses or tactical gun training courses. If you’re going to invest in a firearm, you want to get that type of training. So, for someone interested in leveraging that in film and tv, that’s the type of training you want to get. Not the other type which is like competitive shooting or target shooting which we’re going to cover next.
Q2: What are the differences between competitive target shooting and combat tactical training courses?
And that’s what you’re going to find out there is competition shooting, target shooting, things like that. And again, this is why people wish to know what should I take because these competitive shooting matches seem like a lot of fun. People talk about I know, people who are involved with it and especially for someone who’s interested in using in film and tv and even personal defense. That’s why you want to know this.
So, we’re going to share with you some of the differences. Now, competitive shooting is like other sport like soccer or something. It’s something where you do it for fun. Yet, when you’re talking about using it for film and tv or even for personal defense, these are the main differences:
1. All the targets in competitive shooting are single shot targets for the most part. If you ever watch any of the competition, the person is firing with their handgun and they’re knocking down targets. Still targets usually and they are going onto the next one. Well, in real life, in an actual gun fight, whether it’s soldier in a battlefield, a police officer, some person protecting your home, it usually takes multiple shot to put a person down. Unlike what you see in film and tv. It’s not just one bullet hits the person. They just fall to the ground and that’s it. Many times, you take successive shots. Firing into a bad person to actually stop them from doing the bad thing that they’re doing. And so, what’s happening if you’re training to do target shooting, one you’re training yourself to take single shots which will actually can get you killed in an actual real situation for real life. Where you the training should be to keep firing into a target until the target actually goes down.
2. The second thing is that in competition speed reigns supreme. It’s all about how fast you are. Where that’s good to be fast. You’re not at the expense of accuracy and tactical technique. So, give an example like they’ll use certain grips in competition shooting because it helps them steer the gun. Some of the aiming techniques are even different because when you’re only shooting at a still target it’s totally different if you’re shooting at a still target that’s the size.
Look how much air you have to hit. Yet if you’re in a scenario where lives are at stake, some one of these horrible active shooter situations and you have to shoot someone that you need to be precise where the targets are there’s only a few targets. They’re going to stop a person from hurting other people in the moment. You can shoot someone and they still hurt other people. So, you have to know exactly where to shoot and be precise. And so, the accuracy isn’t paramount. There’s more speed and hitting anywhere in this target is fine as long as it hits the target.
3. And the third thing is that there’s no need to take cover. because there’s no one shooting back at you. So, you don’t say that’s not a concern if the concern is being fast and running and moving quickly and not being concerned about ducking and dodging bullets or leveraging cover and concealment. So, this is why tactical shooting addresses all those things. For film and tv competition shooting is not what you want because it won’t give you what you need to grow your career. For you want to have tactical training tactical training is going to teach you all the things that we discussed before on where the proper place to shoot a bad person to stop them from doing bad things, how to survive a scenario, how to get the right mindset, how to get your body right, the right positions and stuff.
The proper grip, the proper way of holding a fire, the proper way of doing reload and all that type of stuff that you will do under pressure in a real-life scenario. That you don’t do, you don’t learn the same with competency shooting plus from a casting perspective. A lot of times when they’re casting for people who have tactical training, tactical firearms training, they want someone who looks a certain way with a firearm and there is movement. There are movements that your body learns through muscle memory that only come from tactical firearm training hat you don’t get from competitive firearm training. I had a lady one time I was stunt coordinating a project. And we were talking and it’s not performing was always trying to hustle the stunt coordinator. Which is fine that’s a long-standing practice. they just introducing themselves letting them know what your skills are. And I think I talked and asked her say you have any type of tactical firearm stream. And she just lumped it all together in her head and her response was, Dillon, I’m from Texas. I mean what the hell does that mean.
So, I’m like I had to kind of press their respect. What do you mean? Because you’re from Texas. Whatever, everyone from Texas has a gun doesn’t mean everyone in Texas has had tactical firearms training. And everyone in Texas doesn’t have a gun by the way and everyone in Texas did not have tactical firearm training tactical training courses, tactical gun training courses and online tactical training courses. Anyway, she pulled up some videos on her phone of her doing target shooting. Shooting a little piece of paper. She’s sitting at the range with a lever action rifle and just shooting at piece of paper. And in her mind, she thought that that would qualify her and help her get cast in projects that call for tactical firearm training. I didn’t say anything to it and I just suggested.
I said, listen, one of the things you definitely want to do is invest in some tactical firearm training because that’s more target shooting which is good. So, you’re familiar with firearms, you’re comfortable with them yet what’s going to get you cast is actually having tactical firearms training. There’s going to be different grips, different stances. You’re going to learn cover and concealment. You’re going to go in lots of live things and that’s going to help you get cast. Unfortunately, she took heated the advice and did that. And of course, completely different. So, that’s what you want for you to grow your career is to have tactical firearms training not just point target competition shooting or target shooting. Because it won’t benefit you growing your career and it certainly won’t benefit you in a personal defense situation either.
Q3: Do online tactical training courses work?
And the initial response that you would think if you’ve never trained a firearm before is that how you could possibly learn anything about firearms, tactical firearms from an online video course. And the actual correct answer is yes, you can. Especially suring the pandemic, many people started taking to online classes to learn on a variety of topics. And even firearms training. In the United States specifically, there was a rush to buy firearms. And there’s so much so that there was it was a back order of firearms. A shortage of firearms because people like 6 months to wait to get a firearm. Because everyone rushed out and bought firearms during the global pandemic. And yet all these people had firearms that didn’t have training.
So, some of them turn. And people didn’t want to meet with them to train them. Because of the pandemic. They didn’t want to catch a plague and die from teaching people how to use these firearms. So, some turn to online training. You’re having live classes online or just pre-recorded videos and then they could critique videos and such. And this work very well. And so, why can’t this work. Because a lot of the basics, it works for both beginners and even people who are advanced. Because a lot of the basics, you can easily learn from a video. And here’s the issue, when you’re in a class, for the most part if the trainers if they’re good, especially, they have any type of certification for training, they’re going to do a decent job of teaching you the basics. You have some people who have no formal certificate or instruction on how to teach. They are just like, I was in the military, I can teach you this. I’m a veteran myself and I have had training on how to teach. It’s a world of difference.
Just because the person is a veteran doesn’t mean they can teach you how to shoot. And they can have all types of bad habits that you won’t even know about. We have on our stunt team got plenty of veterans the same way. And we all went and got trained with the NRA on how to become an instructor, how to teach the public. World of difference. So, any good instructor is going to be good at teaching you the basics. Yet what can happen is you’re still in a class. So, you may not grasp the basic. You may not have it. So, you may learn something and it’s like I still don’t get it. And after you’ve asked 2-3 times, you don’t want to be a pest because I still have to teach a bunch of other people in the class. Yet with an online tactical training course, you just keep rewinding the video over and over again. Okay, so, what’s incorrect with my grip? And then you watch the video. Okay, this is called the tang. So, the tang is supposed to be. Oh so, I’m supposed to do it like this. And I guess it’s alright for my finger to be right there. Oh wait. Let me rewind the video. Oh, so my fingers should be right here on the frame. So, you can learn these things better with online tactical training that even in person. Because when an instructor has 10 people in class, it’s easy for someone to do it right the first time.
Then the instructor turns to go to work with somebody else and the person down here somewhere. So, those are some of the benefits of it. Now, something to know even for advanced people, that’s how they learn firearms training, too. Because it’s a combination of online videos and what’s called dry fire. Dry fire is when you don’t have bullets. This is actually a prop firearm. It’s not an actual real firearm and it’s the one views in film and tv. Yet it’s something called dry firing. There are no bullets or anything in a firearm. And you just practice al the fundamentals with it. So, if you’re practicing firing, CQB techniques, presenting from a holster doing concealed carry draws, all that kind of stuff, you can practice that with a non-firing replica or prop firearm or doing dry firing. People who are in the military, who are in law enforcement, the one who are really good shooters do a lot of practice.
And a lot of times, anyone will tell you, you get good by doing dry fire. You get really good doing drawing and everything else by doing dry fire. Even your shooting technique. There’s technique on firing on the move where you put a penny or a dime rather on top of the pistol. And as you’re walking, you’re dry firing and doing that. So, especially, if you’re a beginner, you’d be surprised that you can learn a lot from videos and with dry firing. Again, that could be something as simple as having an actual prop fire and practice firearm to practice with. So, you can definitely learn a lot from the courses. The ideal thing though, the last point is this is to be able to have videos that you watch and some means for an instructor to observe your performance and give you feedback.
As long you have a medium for them to observe your performance and give you feedback, you should be good. And this is a game for working the basics. It’s still good, too, when you can go out and get live instruction, too, in addition to it. Yet it all ties together. So, it’s not an either-or thing. Learn what you can with one medium and learn more from the other. So, it’s best to get both ideally.
The last question.
Q4: What are the benefits of using ONLINE tactical training courses in film and tv?
One of the several benefits is one, you get training right away. Usually, when it’s online, if it’s pre-recorded videos, you can sign up now and get started now. And a lot of times for filming for actors or stunt performers, even filmmakers, they have projects coming up. They got auditions coming up. They got self-tapes and stuff coming up. And they may wait to the last minute. If they need their training now, is the whole point. And so, the benefit is one of the immediacies. So, you can enroll in an online training course now and literally start training now. Especially with the courses that we provide. You have a phone, that’s it. You log right in and you prop up the phone, you’re practicing and learning what you see there from competent instructors. The other thing is there’s no danger. When you actually go to in-person tactical training course, they’re always going to give you a safety briefing.
And part of the safety briefing are protocols to do if someone gets shot. And that means there’s going to be a first aid kit there. I’m also a certified range safety officer with the National Rifle Association and have it for years. So, I can dig live fire experiences and events and things. So, there’s going to be a first aid kit there with a tourniquet and other stuff because that stuff can happen. And people can get shot. Somebody be there with a pistol and especially, they’re a newbie and they’ll be sitting there, they get nervous because someone just shot really close to them and look where the gun is going and they shoot and shoot somebody else. This stuff has happened. There’s also going to be talk about how to depending on the location, how ambulance are going to come in or if we have to bring in the helicopter to take you out. You could die, it’s old point. It’s a reality of it. Yet when you do the online tactical training classes and especially using prop firearms or doing dry fire, there’s no danger.
There’s no one else around you shooting. And when you’re using like the type of prop firearms that we recommend in our classes, there’s nothing that comes out of it. You can sit there and fire, practice all day long and there’s not going to be danger to you, your pets, anyone else. And I’ll say the third benefit is you can start working right away. Like you learn, you have an audition tomorrow or project tomorrow, and you kind of talked your way into it and don’t know the first thing about firearms, type of tactical firearms training. You can go and enroll, train in the video, watch the video, take the classes, learn how to do this stuff, everything else and practice and be ready for tomorrow’s audition. Be ready for tonight’s audition. Be ready for tonight’s performance. So, that’s one of the benefits. The last benefit is this. And this is something that you only know if you work outside of the US.
I would say works outside of the US because in some country they have gun control. Which means civilians are not able to own firearms. And so, civilians can’t own firearms. There aren’t any tactical firearms training courses around. Because what kind of business model would that be. Who would they be teaching? The only customers they could have would be law enforcement and the military. So, in some countries, they don’t have that. They’re filmmakers there. They’re actors there. Some are performers there. They make movies and they want to make tv shows ad they still want to look legitimate when they do it. They don’t want to look like a noob with a gun. And so, in those instances, suddenly when they can access online tactical training and learn the stuff that you need for your project that you’re going to audition. For you might live in one country and you’re going to be cast for a movie filming halfway around the world. Yet as long as you have the knowledge and the training, you can finally submit for these roles and actually book these roles.
And one last thing I’ll tag on this, there was a famous story about an Olympian. An Asian guy who wasn’t from the states. I don’t recall it. Might be Japan or China or something. I think it was a lady actually. A lady. I couldn’t find her name online. I would tell her name yet. Years ago, it was a famous story especially in the tactical circles and military stuff. We talked about this where she went and won a gold medal for shooting. And that’s not a big deal. Ladies have won gold medals and a bunch of stuff in shooting events. What made her unique was that before the Olympics, she had never fired a real gun. All of her training, because of gun control in her country, it might have been in Japan, she never fired a real gun. She only could practice with bb guns. With bb guns, that all she ever fired before coming to the Olympics. When she arrived at the Olympics, she actually fired a handgun for the first time.
And she took the gold against people who grew up in gun cultures and shooting gun their entire lives. So, when you’re talking about using online tactical training and practice prop firearms or training implements, the fundamentals are fundamentals. Doesn’t matter if this is a movie prop or a real firearm. The grip is the same, the way your fingers place is the same, trigger control is the same, sight alignment, sight picture, all those things are the same. So, the training that you get when you do online tactical training is going to prepare you not only for film and tv to grow your career but also for personal protection as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions about
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Q: How long are tactical training courses, tactical gun training courses, online tactical training courses usually?
A: On average they’re anywhere from 90 minutes to 1 week long depending on what you want to learn.
Q: How much do tactical training courses, tactical gun training courses and online tactical training courses cost?
A: Prices vary across the board. Yet on average they cost anywhere from $60 to $300 per class or course.
Q: What type of firearms are usually taught in tactical training courses, tactical gun training courses and online tactical training courses?
A: Usually carbines like the AR 15, AK 47 and pistols like the Glock or Sigs.
Q: Which is the safest to take out of tactical training courses, tactical gun training courses or online tactical training courses?
A: Online tactical training courses by far are the safest because you are not in close proximity to other shooters.