I believe I've said this more than a dozen times over the years but here goes the latest iteration "handguns are impossibly difficult to master, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something." Lest you think that's an original thought, think again. That phrase was given to me by one of my mentors who's been instructing for over 40 years. Those who've been in the military will tell you that little time is spent on handgun because it's just not the weapon that is used in warfare. Unless you're in an elite unit who's mandate is handgun you still will get little in the way of handgun training. Once again, that little slice of truth also came to me from a mentor who is a former Delta operator. Here's what I really find frustrating, a great deal of what I know about handgun are things I've come to on my own. Quite literally these are things I've just stumbled upon. Then, I run them past my mentors who say "yep, that's correct we discovered that technique during vehicle training or CQC aboard aircraft or..." My repose is always "well when were you going to share that little gem with me?" Here is the answer that will really drive the point home that handgun is really hard. The answer is that an instructor knows what he knows but can't fully be aware of what you know at a level of automaticity. That lack of fully knowing where the student is in their journey of discovery informs or stymies the instructor's forward motion in teaching. Yep, handgun is truly that hard to reach and maintain proficiency.
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Abner Miranda Is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media.