Moving Forward With Firearms

By Rowdy Reeve

We’ve got our front sight on target, our trigger slack is pulled to the wall, and the slightest pressure breaks it. Bullets flying all around us and we are about to take out the bad guy. This scenario plays through the minds of so many people who come in to the store searching for a firearm. When people incorporate a firearm in to their defensive strategy they always do one thing. They picture themselves saving the world. Right, Bruce Willis, Nakatomi Plaza, that sort of thing. The problem we see is the failure to envision the training involved with real life self-defense.

There are people out there in the gun world posting about all the great and wonderful things they found at the recent 2017 Shot Show in Las Vegas Nevada. The aisles were cramped with the enthusiasm of what’s new in the shooting world. Coupled that with the energy and excitement of celebrities brought a renewed life to the gun world. Recently I was asked if I had found anything worthwhile at the Shot Show this year. As I am asked this question I am reminded of the conversation I had with the fellas at the Strike Industries booth. He was explaining what was new in the world of Strike and what we can expect in the coming year.

This is what I came away with after talking with Strike Industries. Constantly moving forward in anything is so important.  I looked at this business and watched how companies like Strike Industries never settled for contentment.  This company came out with some great products early on with their AR parts and accessories. Once they had come out with these great parts did they stop there? Absolutely not, the company kept improving on what they had already accomplished. They kept moving forward. So many times we see other companies find that one hit wonder in firearms and they think they have made it, only to find out shortly down the road they hit the end and the company falls apart. We no longer hear from them or we put them back on the shelf to collect dust. The same can be said with firearms training.


Training can mean different things to different people.  Training, for one person, may mean simply coming to the range weekly and putting rounds on a paper target. Someone else may consider training as a minimum of 8 hour classes where you run and gun and if you haven’t spent at least 500 rounds in that day then you are doing a disservice to your country. Whatever our skill level, training should consist of actual trigger time. Spending some time shooting to improve what you already know.

There are two different types of training, maintenance and improvement training. Maintenance training is what I refer to as spending time on the range maintaining or sharpening our current skill level. This is important in keeping our skill level up and crisp. This requires constant attention. It takes spending our time on the range pulling the trigger.  Some time ago a gentleman came in to the store and started talking about his training he had accomplished throughout his moments as a shooter. During the conversation the subject of maintaining our skill level came up. I was surprised at his response when he stated he didn’t need that anymore because he was content with where his skill level is at. “How is that possible?” I thought to myself as he stood there. There is always something we can learn when we spend the time sharpening our personal skills.  He failed to remember that shooting is a perishable skill. It can fade over time.

The next is improvement training. This is where we seek out personal instruction from a competent instructor and we achieve a new shooting skill to adapt in to our shooting routine. This is important for all shooters, at all levels of competition. If we sit down at night and say to ourselves we have reached our top training level, we have failed ourselves.  When we look at the greats who have entered the realm of shooting, they all have one thing in common. They never settle for contentment. They have always moved forward in firearms training.


Where do I go now with my firearm? We hear that question all the time in the store. The short answer, get training. It has never been acceptable for someone to carry a firearm and NOT know how to work it properly. I have always loved the statement that Amateurs work on it until they get it right, but professionals work on it until they can’t get it wrong. That is our challenge to everyone who pulls the trigger. We challenge you at all skill levels to find something to improve on and work on it until you can’t get it wrong. Become that professional with your firearm. Until we see you on the range, be safe out there. That is all.