In a nutshell, this is how we look at firearms training. For you to be your best, you must have a solid understanding of and, be able to properly apply, the fundamentals of marksmanship. Without proper mechanics, your greatest potential cannot be achieved. It is a cliché, but “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” applies here. If you want to shoot safely, you must have proper mechanics. To shoot rapidly, you must have proper mechanics. Lastly, to be able to shoot accurately, you must have proper mechanics. Your goal should be to do all three of these things at the same time. It is our goal to help you to do just that by developing proper fundamentals and then building upon that solid foundation to make you the most effective shooter you can be with your weapon of choice.
We try to keep our training classes small, six to ten students, with a low student/instructor ratio of not more than 5 to 1. With the exception of one on one personal training time, there will always be at least two instructors for every class. For groups larger than ten, we make every effort to have additional instructors join us to maintain the 5 to 1 ratio or better. By limiting the size of our classes and having plenty of instructors for the number of students, it allows for a great deal of attention to be given to each student. You certainly will not get lost in the shuffle or feel neglected in one of our classes.
Additionally, a lot of the time spent on the range we will utilize a coach/shooter style of instruction. Students will be paired up and work together shooting through drills and scenarios. Pairs may be switched up throughout the day to allow everyone to work with different shooters. The role of the coach is to watch the shooter as they execute the required task and provide feedback to the shooter after the drill is complete or during the drill if appropriate. The benefits of this style of teaching are many. First and foremost, it now provides a safety officer for every student actively shooting. Second, it allows students to build upon each others strong points and help each other work on techniques that they may need to develop further. This method also keeps students invested in the training even if they are not in the role of the shooter. There is no down time, you are either shooting, or helping your partner who is. Lastly, it permits the instructors to more freely move from student to student evaluating each shooter, providing instruction, and lets instructors identify where special attention needs to be directed.