I'm in the process of putting together some training videos. Proffessionally shot and edited. They are 'entry level' subjects to help people new to shooting.
We should all be introducing new people to our disciple as often as possible. These videos can give them/you a head start.
I'm making these freely available in an effort to bring as many people to our 'side' as possible.
Sight Alignment and Trigger Pull;
It is always good to have new shooters learn to use firearms, and if you are going to do so I have some constructive criticism. First, there are a ton of Youtube videos purported to be training that are complete utter BS. So when I see such training offered, I am immediately initally skeptical. What are your backgrounds and bonafides? What gives you the credentials for "Tactical Pistol" instruction? Do you have LE training AND EXPERIENCE? Or are you simply regurgitating what you yourself have learned from your own training classes you have attended? Don't put yourself out there as being something your not if you don't have anything to back it up. I didn't see anything that you did have for experience on your website.
Now, you don't need to have seen combat to be able to instruct. Along the same lines, seeing combat does not make you a good instructor. But you better have appropriate frames of reference and know your limits if you're going to be instructing Tactical stuff. My suggestion is to avoid the Tactical moniker. Yeah, it sounds cool, but I don't think you're being served well by it in my opinion.
I liked your use of the prop for the sight picture. Made it very clear to understand. However, a new shooter's eyes are going to blur and maybe glaze over if you keep using terms like serial task and parallel task the way you are. Keep it simple. Don't try and make yourself sound like you're knowlegable. Keep it simple. You never defined those terms in your short video. They are confusing and detract from the instruction. I honestly would redo that video, as some of the message you are trying to get across isn't coming across. If I as a 17-year LEO who is also a WI State Certified Firearms Instructor with SWAT experience can't understand you, a newby shooter watching willl also have difficulty if not more trouble understanding what to do.
Thanks for the constructive criticism. I do appreciate it.
"tactical" ... yeah over used. But I don't teach 'shooting' so much as I teach 'fighting' with a firearm (among other tools) So, I'm more than a shooting instructor... I'm not totally fond of the monikers; tactical or gunfighting instructor either, but am limited by the confines of the English language ;)
I've been teaching officially since '87. I'm a member of IALEFI and ILEETA (charter member) and was a member of ASLET when it was around. I developed a number of classes and presented them over 25 times at all 3 of those organizations annual conferences. So my students range from total beginners to seasoned LEOs and military personnel a lot of whom are themselves instructors. I've had articles published in the FBI's National Academy Associates magazine, IALEFI's 'Firearms Instructor' and "Survival Quarterly". I'm also a court recognized 'expert' in the use of force and firearms.
Being interested in being an effective instructor, I've taken classes in adult learning theory and studied subjects ranging from psychology to sports phsyilogy.
I've worked security for 25 years, from transport of high risk shipments, to close personal protection, to head of security for a large regional bank. I have carried a pistol 16-18 hours a day for almost that entire time.
So, I have some small idea of what I'm doing :)
The 'combat experience' is a perennial question. As you've stated, it, or it's lack is no sure predictor of one's ability to teach those skills to others.
And while I'm not a LEO, I was invited to teach a class by the Florida Dept of LE at their '07 "High Risk Trainers" conference.
I don't have 17 years in SWAT, but I did ace the LAPD SWAT pistol qual, and taught 2 classes at their Hollywood Academy range.
But now I'm bragging...