Firearms training is likely one of the most ignored aspects of preparation for most preppers. They spend tons of money of guns and ammo – and consider punching holes in paper sufficient training to ward off the hordes of zombies waiting for them. It is an easy situation to fall into as people want to spend money on tangibles – something they can pick up, feel, and hold on to. Training can be shown – but not set up on a shelf to be looked at and admired.
Since September I have attended two training courses with a local firearms instruction company called Wolf-Fire Firearms Instructions. Let me just go ahead and put this out there – I highly recommend them. They are new to the Mooresville, NC area and my travel time was approx. 1 hour to attend the training classes. Both courses were of the “Tactical Response” variety.
Here is a quick summary from the Wolf-Fire website:
This is a two-day, twelve plus hour course covering advanced handling skills utilizing your Sidearm and Modern Sporting Rifle. We will cover proper techniques to counter situations you may find yourself in a real-life, high-stress environment. We will focus on the Combat Mind-Set, Firing from and around vehicles, as well as CQB firing techniques utilizing both the pistol and rifle on our dynamic range. This promises to be a fun, demanding and exciting course of instruction. This is an advanced course and is not for the novice shooter.
Due to my inability to attend two consecutive days in a row, Wolf-Fire owner David customized his Tactical Response course to one, full day course just for me. My second course was basically a repeat of the first however the second course was attended by several people – while my first was entirely private.
The course started in the morning around 8:00am and lasted until a little after 5:00pm – a long day full of training. What I really liked about the training was that it was NOT just throwing rounds down range. There was a substantial amount of discussion of different situations from home invasions to what if you are attacked while in your vehicle. These discussions were followed by range training sometimes involving the very subject we just discussed. One of the most memorable involved decision-making when being approached by multiple threats. When the decision had been made to actually pull the trigger – who do you target first? The person standing closest holding a knife? The person furthest away armed with a pistol? There is a lot to consider and the more you think about it – and the more you train for it – the better prepared you will be to make the RIGHT decision if the time comes. Safety throughout the day was emphasized.
A little over half the class was dedicated to the pistol. I used my Smith & Wesson M&P9 carried in a Fobus holster. Approx 300 rounds were expelled through my M&P as we worked on different stances, grips, and shooting positions. We worked on shooting while standing, on the ground, moving forward, moving backwards, sideways, around obstacles and from behind barriers. Reloading techniques were also practiced. I had a ball!
Interesting – and a little nerve racking was a segment revolving around vehicles. Many people train for when a threat approaches them out in the open, or in their home. What about when you are behind a vehicle and the threat comes at you from the side with no where to drive off to? Covered.
When it came to the carbine – very much the same things were gone over. I utilized my Stag AR along with a Maxpedition Mini-Tactical Chest Rig. Of particular note I was first exposed to the Isosceles Stance for the carbine while attending this course and David was a big help adjusting to it. I found the Isosceles provided excellent recoil control and I was able to put multiple rounds down range in rapid manner accurately.
We also covered transitioning from carbine to pistol which was not only fun – but very useful. Entering and clearing a room was also covered which was fun. My favorite part of the day was shooting and moving from behind barriers. David mixed things up a bit by having us perform the techniques, and then come back – do push ups and run in place, then do them again. Getting the heart rate up provided a different experience(thanks to Crossfit I rocked it!).
I am looking forward to early next year to participate in another course or two.
On a final note what I found that really separates Wolf-Fire from some other training facilities is David – the head instructor. David is patient, listens well, provides excellent communication – and is stern in his training. You do not see all of those qualities in a trainer very often.
For more information on the services provided by Wolf-Fire – visit their website HERE.
Keep your powder dry!
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