Saturday, April 7, 2018

New Link List - Meatspace Training

Right On Top.
Over There. ----------------------->>>.

Those guys should be booked solid, 52 weeks a year, with more students than they can handle, for months in advance.

They're not.

Some of us got some real good training courtesy of our Uncle.

But if you didn't, or you need a refresher, or you'd like to hear about what's what from subject-matter-experts, mostly in a hands-on, face-in-the-weeds sort of way in most cases, those guys, near as I can tell, are what there is. And mostly, they're all that there is, unless you have a friend or acquaintance who can pass on The Knowledge to you.

I suspect more than a small portion of this will be on your upcoming Final Exam.

If and as I find additional links/sites that look worth the recommendation, I'll update that list.
(Starting with adding traditional survival training sites, when I have the time. If you have direct firsthand experience with them or anything worthwhile, add the info in Comments, and I'll investigate further.)

Gear is fun, but something you know how to do lasts as long as your memory, and you only have to buy it once if you learn it right.

Whether you're doing it yourself, or going to one of those folks, you should be training and growing your brain, out in the weeds and fresh air. It's springtime anyways. May as well make good use of it.


RandyGC said...

IIRC we've discussed this before, but for entry level (basic first aid/CPR, light search and rescue,disaster response,general preparedness)training/refresher/practice check to see if your locality has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Around here teams are sponsored by mostly Fire Departments with coordination with the local EMA.

Training is free, you get a basic bug out type bag you can use to build on (or supplement your existing one(s))

You become familiar with local first responders and how they operate. You also get to know other folks in your area with at least a clue and are motivated to do something rather than sit on their butts when it hits the fan. All good information to have when evaluating your response in such a situation.

Might as well get something back from your tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

I sent my Bride to Clint and Heidi Smith at Thunder Ranch for her basic shooting training. I have trained - and still do train- people to shoot; but doing that for a spouse or lover can be difficult. The training was outstanding and she had such a good time, she wanted another class!
Perhaps not for everyone because of cost, this is the gold-standard of weaponscraft. There is an excellent medical block of instruction too. This is individual training, not squad level tactics.
Boat Guy

Anonymous said...

As an addendum, Bride and I took a handgun class together two years later, so I have direct experience as an observer and as a student; Gold Standard.

Aesop said...

FWIW, I'm simply not going to go into basic or intermediate firearms training, because at last count there's something like 5000 "experts" out there, ranging from the real deal to total hucksters (of whom I know of at least three absolute quack BS artists within a tank of gas from where I'm sitting, with followers who don't know any better because total newbs with a massive case of gun-derp), and at every level from good, solid fundamental grounding to advanced square range gunslinging.

People should absolutely learn to run the gun(s) they carry, but what you learn at (for random examples) Gunsite, Front Sight, or Thunder Ranch ain't the kind of SUT and running and gunning you're going to be learning from Mosby, Max, DTG, etc.

It's the difference between learning to drive defensively, vs. taking a NASCAR course.

Anonymous said...

No argument. Just noting one of the best courses I have experience with. FWIW I also went through " Orange" Gunsite, among others.
Client's long range stuff is very worthwhile.

Aesop said...

Understand completely, and trust your report of same.
Just don't want to open that can o' worms.
I'm also allergic to discussions on 9mm vs. .45ACP and .308 vs. .223 as well, being a card-carrying founding member of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Deceased Equines.

Allen said...

Part of my planning includes alternative travel means. UC Davis offers a backcountry horse packing extension course and this year's will be out of Horseshoe Meadows near Mt. Whitney in July. I've heard pretty good things about this course. It can be found at the UC Davis website. It's a week long, everything is included and runs to $1625 per. For other parts of the country people can check with the Backcountry Horsemanship of America.

Anonymous said...

For the advanced run and gun type training, NOIR Training in Las Vegas NV is top notch, run by Navy SEALs.