I recently helped IDF vet and TTAG writer Ron Grobman put this video together — in the sense that I participated in his night fighting course. ‘Scuse the pun, but it was a real eye opener.
Moving and shooting is hard enough. Moving and lighting up your target and shooting accurately and then going dark and moving again (to cover or concealment) is even harder.
More than that, maintaining range safety in the dark during low and no-light training is an enormous challenge. Which Ron and his team tackled with consummate professionalism.
I’ve experienced that kind of “safety first, last and always” instruction many times. Trainer and former Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales at The Range at Austin has that wired. The SIG Sauer Academy, too. And then . . .
I’ve worked with trainers who were either overwhelmed or distracted, who missed bad muzzle discipline and other egregious range safety violations. The worst? A police qualification session at the American Firearms School; an officer felt free to rack his gun with the teacher downrange.
But by far the worst has been unsupervised “training” by non-instructors. I once watched, horrified, as a group of gun guys goaded each other to draw their pistols faster and faster, with lousy technique.
What’s been your experience of training safety, both professional and unsupervised?