One may ask why we are discussing a gun based training course on a martial arts blog? Well I am of the humble opinion that a a true martial artist is well rounded and has at the very least a base working knowledge of all forms of combat be it via a wristlock, or how to handle a pistol. I will not jump on my political soapbox here, but I have a firm belief that if every child was raised with the knowledge, respect, and honor of a responsible gun owner (as are most gun owners) then we would witness far fewer gun deaths on both sides of the badge.
Last month my student and I decided to take the Multi State Concealed Carry Course, at Insights Training Canter in Everett, WA. as an opportunity to gain knowledge about the law and legalities of concealed carry throughout the United States. A 4.5 hour course designed to give the participant and better understanding of the responsibilities and legalities of carrying a concealed weapon. One of the best things about this course was the constant reminder of the toll, both financial and emotional/psychological, that choosing to engage someone with your weapon will take.
The instructor Alan Hines was nothing short of excellent. A solid combination of experience, honestly, and humor to make the 4.5 hour class fly by. Alan answered questions quickly and honestly, and presented us with challenging situations in various scenarios. Even with 15 minutes to think and discuss, we couldn't come up with a definitive answer as to what to do. Alan chimed in with a stark reminder, "You would have to react in about 2 seconds to be effective."
My one and only criticism of Insights is that many of the courses are quite cost prohibitive to your average Joe and Jane. Standard course fee's are $400-500 which is not bade, but when coupled with the need for 1000 rounds of ammo, that can quickly become a $1200 weekend! I hope perhaps in the future they will take into consideration how costly such training is and make it more accessible to middle to low income families that could still benefit from such professional training.