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    Basic Training

    After years of owning a PPQ and teaching myself how to do a reasonably good job of hitting targets on a short indoor range and once-yearly at a 25 yard outdoor range, Iíd like to get more proficient.

    In addition, after spending inordinate amounts of money building (or purchasing two halves and then upgrading specific aspects...) two ARís, including a BCM-based SBR, plus having all the parts to actually do a full build with Aero, Toolcraft, ALG, and Ballistic Advantage components...
    Iíd like to learn how to shoot well. I enjoy finding the good deals and putting things together, so the money Iíve spent doesnít bother me at all. I am bothered knowing that Iím not actually good at using the tools I made. Itís like spending a bunch of money on a Mustangís suspension and then not driving it on a track (but I did that).

    I have the Magpul carbine DVDís, and I enjoyed the clips of the pistol training that Iíve seen around the internet, but which I cannot find for sale anywhere. Iíve looked at others. But Iím looking for recommendations.

    What home-based training do you recommend that would provide a good basis to further self-teaching until I can attend legitimate basic carbine and basic pistol classes?

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    I suspect you’re gonna get a plethora of advice to take a class, and I won’t disagree that is the best way to go. I’ve taken several Gunsite classes and having a great instructor critique your shooting real time is an excellent way to improve quickly.

    If you insist on a DIY approach, I’d suggest you stick with DVDs from the best instructors. One excellent source is the “Make Ready” series:

    http://panteao.com/product-category/training-videos/

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    Take a class from a qualified instructor. IMHO videos only help to prepare you a little for getting the most out of a class.

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    Thanks for the replies. There are some moderately-reputable looking classes in the area over 2018. I’ll be looking at those. Plus it looks like Gunsite will be coming to host classes ~3 hours from me, so that would be a consideration, too.

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    Well, I'm a self-taught guy. I watched a lot of internet videos on the subject and asked a lot of questions on forums. I shoot twice a month and dry fire every day. The thing is, when I go to a shooting range, nobody is really better than I am standing with irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediGuy View Post
    What home-based training do you recommend that would provide a good basis to further self-teaching until I can attend legitimate basic carbine and basic pistol classes?
    I know you are asking about home-based training. But you should seriously consider shooting in local competitions. None are going to be the perfect training for you (or anyone). But, at least some of your skills will improve very quickly. You may want to look into things like USPSA, IDPA, 3 gun and/or 2 gun competitions.

    Joe Mamma
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    NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor, Life Member
    Glock Certified Armorer
    Beretta & Sig Sauer Certified Pistol Armorer
    Colt Certified 1911 & AR-15/M16/M4 Law Enforcement Armorer

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    J-Mamma, I appreciate the suggestion. I did a check, and there are some USPSA or other competitions about two counties away. Not super close, but something that would provide a challenge, which would itself be motivating.

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