Never say goodbye to your Students!
“As a firearms Instructor, you want your students and Instructor candidates to be good marksman and even better at helping others while instructing how to shoot. All humans need goals. It is a disservice to your students to tell them simply to “Go to the range and practice”. The students will shoot from a short distance with no timing on their shots, with two hands and do perfect every time.
Multiple drills with different targets and multiple targets and distances should be suggested. Where do we find these drills? Steve Burnett has put together a “Must Have” book, the “Concealed Carry Book of Drills” with numerous live-fire drills from and for Instructors to provide information and direction to their students to improve their marksmanship. Individual Drill Cards may also be purchased to hand out to student, which is what I do every class.“
Bill Long, Owner & Lead Instructor
OUR GOAL HERE
is to help Trainers stay connected to their Students through homework, and to influence their practice results so they progress to the next level of training.
Never say goodbye to your Students!
THIS PORTAL PRESENTS
how Trainer’s are using HandgunDrills.com products and website together to help a Student practice between Training classes or sessions, to extend their instruction of proper technique throughout the Student’s periods of practice.
Welcome to the Trainer Portal
There are many reasons to stay connected to your Students after training class is over. This is a Win-Win opportunity as you can continue to help and influence your Students to excel at building their knowledge and skills, and this in turn can build your business in new and creative ways.
Some established Trainers have a fully developed curriculum, but others are just getting started and need to develop and settle on their classes and curriculum. Many of the drills in our Library are from well know Trainers and are quite popular. These drills can be used as training curriculum, and as a complement to training, as practice homework. The drills for homework can be completely different from training and can be selected with the specific attributes to focus on building the same skills the Students learned in class.
So here are a few ideas for your consideration that are currently used by Trainers. These ideas are presented in the appropriate steps of the well known 4 step PDCA Continuous Improvement cycle.
Endorsement of HandgunDrills.com for LEOSA by Carl Hasler, Special Agent (Retired), HSI
“Before I retired, I was a firearms instructor for my agency for 19 years, including seven years full time running our basic firearms program for new Special Agent trainees at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. That experience taught me just how important it is to document firearms training. Now, as a retired law enforcement officer, I don’t have the luxury of having the agency document everything I do. The system offered by HandgunDrills.com has allowed me to accurately document my own firearms training, including my LEOSA qualification every year. This system is invaluable for making sure everything I do with firearms training is properly documented, not just for my own personal development, but for legal purposes in the event that I have to defend myself in court. Convenience, accuracy, flexibility…this system has everything I need as a retired law enforcement officer to make sure what I do on the range counts.”
Carl Hasler, Special Agent (Retired)
HSI (Homeland Security Investigations
The full endorsement of HandgunDrills.com by Bill Long, Owner and Lead Trainer of GulfCoastShooters.com
As a firearms Instructor, you want your students and Instructor candidates to be good marksman and even better at helping others while instructing how to shoot. All humans need goals. It is a disservice to your students to tell them simply to “Go to the range and practice”. The students will shoot from a short distance with no timing on their shots, with two hands and do perfect every time.
Multiple drills with different targets and multiple targets and distances should be suggested. Where do we find these drills? Steve Burnett has put together a “Must Have” book, the “Concealed Carry Book of Drills” with numerous live-fire drills as Drill Cards from and for Instructors to provide information and direction to their students to improve their marksmanship. Individual Drill Cards may also be purchased to hand out to student, which is what I do every class.
So what does this book provide?
- Hands-On Practice: Live-fire drills allow students to gain hands-on experience with actual firearms in a controlled and supervised environment. This practical experience is crucial for developing safe and effective shooting skills.
- Applied Learning: Live-fire drills provide an opportunity for students to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills they’ve learned in classroom settings. This practical application helps solidify their understanding and enhances muscle memory.
- Safety Reinforcement: Going through live-fire drills under the guidance of an experienced instructor and following up on their own reinforces safety protocols and emphasizes the importance of following proper procedures when handling firearms. This contributes to creating responsible and safe gun owners.
- Stress Inoculation: Live-fire drills can simulate realistic scenarios, adding an element of stress to the training. This stress inoculation helps students become more composed and effective in real-life situations where they may need to use their firearm. Using a timer is a good way to learn about stress inoculation.
- Skill Development: Live-fire drills are essential for honing marksmanship and shooting skills. Regular practice is crucial for improving accuracy, speed, and overall proficiency with a firearm.
- Scenario-Based Training: Some live-fire drills may involve scenario-based training, where students respond to specific situations they might encounter in real life. This type of training enhances decision-making skills and prepares individuals for various potential self-defense scenarios.
- Confidence Building: Successfully completing live-fire drills can boost a student’s confidence in their ability to handle a firearm safely and effectively. Confidence is important for responsible gun ownership and use.
- Performance Evaluation: Instructors can assess the performance of students during live-fire drills, providing constructive feedback and identifying areas for improvement. This feedback loop is essential for continuous learning and skill enhancement. Students can do a self evaluation on their own after leaving the training from an Instructor.
- Compliance with Regulations: In some jurisdictions, completing live-fire training may be a requirement for obtaining a concealed carry permit or other firearm certifications. Instructors recommending live-fire drills ensure that students fulfill these requirements.
Bill Long, Owner & Lead Instructor
The Trainer Influenced – Student Practice Cycle
Applying the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Continuous Improvement Process to Student Practice with Trainer Influence.
This diagram represents how the Trainer may influence the Student throughout the 4 step practice cycle through the use of “homework” and periodic communication.
While there are many creative ways for this to happen, the basic way this could work is listed below. An example of homework could be 2-3 drills to shoot. Live fire is assumed but dry fire could be included.
- ACT – The Student is given homework at the end of training class that is representative of the skills and goals the trainer wants the Student to work on. An extension of training if you will. Ideally, schedule the next training class or session at this time.
- PLAN – The Student decides when and what to practice (homework).
- DO – The Student goes to the range and practices the drills, records the results.
- CHECK – The Student and evaluates the outcomes of the practice. After several practices, the Student contacts the Trainer and reviews the results and take-aways from the practice(s).
- ACT – The Trainer provides feedback and assigns new homework for the Student to continue to improve. The Student is ready for their next lesson or are ready to sign up for the next level of training.
Questions & Answers
How can Drill Cards help me develop or expand my curriculum?
Augment your curriculum and provide homework assignments to Students until you have time to fully develop your portfolio of classes and associated curricula.
Include some specific drills from great Trainers as part of your permanent class curriculum.
Can I offer the Concealed Carry Book of Drills after classes?
Yes. Purchase 6 or more of the First or Second Edition Concealed Carry Book of Drills, at wholesale cost plus shipping, and make them available for purchase to your students or at your range.
- This provides the students a huge selection of drills to practice as follow-up and gives the Trainer the ability to communicate entire drill instructions and shooting standards with a simple number.
- Standardized drill card format provides for fast and efficient communication of assignments and student shooting results on the phone, emails or video conferences.
How do I make homework from Drill Cards that are based on different classes I teach?
Provide Practice Packs as Homework – Select and purchase Drill Cards that allow you to provide “Homework” to your students after class.
- These are typically an envelope with 3 cards or “Practice Packs” with drills that are similar or exactly what was run in class.
- This gives the students something in their hands to take how and give the Trainer a reason to follow up.
- Add other advertising items in the envelope from you, your range or other sources as promotions.
- Use the website Drill Card filter to select the combination of drill attributes will use the skills taught in class. Select from those drills for “homework” to give your Students at the end of class.
How can I cut down on the amount of time I spend explaining new drills to my Students and deciphering their results, since I would rather spend that time training them?
Assign any HandgunDrills.com drill with the drill number and the student can review and learn the drill in the Store-Library for free.
- Little or no time is required by the Trainer to explain the whole drill and how to shoot it. They are fully explained and easy to read with the standard format.
Is there a way to let people know I am available as a Trainer or even exist on the website?
- Free Listing – List your Training business on our Trainer Directory for free.
- Students will search, see your location, credentials and curriculum, and be connected directly to your website.
- Free Advertising – Provide a drill to be added to the HandgunDrill.com Store-Library as a Drill Card.
How do I submit a drill to be added to HandgunDrills.com?
It’s simple. Just contact us and we will discuss the details with you and confirm some qualifying questions. There is no cost to submit and have a drill added.
I work at a Range and would like to know about offering HandgunDrills.com products there and use them in activities and events. How would this work?
We provide books at wholesale prices for ranges to offer at retail.
Create activities, events and competitions using Drill Cards is easy and fun, since the cards are self-explanatory and can be selected by drill attributes. A couple of example ideas are:
- Tactical Tuesday (weekly class).
- Drill of the Week/Month or Skill of the Week/Month.
- Use Drill Cards at the range to promote shooting activities and friendly competitions and create fun and engagement.
Is it possible to create a Custom Practice Pack of Drill Cards such as the one Dave Spaulding sells?
Create a Custom Practice Pack with a specific purpose with Drill Cards with a Practice Card for each drill.
- Practice Cards are one card per drill that explains the origin, purpose, tips on shooting and any points in the Trainer’s own words.
- Practice Packs are designed and edited by HandgunDrills.com for free, all content is provided and approved by the Trainer.
- These are sold in sets (typically 6 – 12 drills) by the Trainer at the end of each class and on the Trainer’s website.
- The individual Drill Cards will be sold on HandgunDrills.com so Customers can refill.
- If desired, the Custom Practice Packs may be sold on HandgunDrill.com as well. (A commission will be paid to the Trainer).
Please contact us to discuss your idea. This effort is at no cost; however, the projected level of sales is important to confirm its worth the investment by all parties.