Sniper Country Duty Roster collective wisdom

On firearms instructors and schools:

On firearms instructors and schools: The SC staff can not attend every school in the states (although we would surely like too). Therefore we can not comment intelligently on each school and what it has to offer. Schools wishing for us to attend, for review purposes, please contact us and we will do everything in our power to attend. We can not always guarantee a show, but we will try to fit our schedules to mutual agreement.

There are a lot of interesting techniques out there and many work in one fashion or another. Some techniques are dated and others are unproven. We at SC can not be the judge but are always willing to listen and learn. If you, the reader, have been to these schools and can express yourself clearly, consider writing a review for SC.

As far as instructor credentials go, I am not of the opinion that one has had to have been shot at or shot to be a good defensive handgun instructor, rifle guru or gun pundit, nor do they need to have years of special experience. On the other hand, they do need a good coach or primary instructor to impart the necessary skill that will be passed on to the students. And they do need to be able to teach a chosen method, and be able to back that method up with logic and thought. My only beef with any instructor, weather he is new or has been at it since the invention of the toilet, is when he presents himself as something he is not. If he is good enough, he neednít embellish his credentials. His teaching methods alone will suffice. That is all I have to add to this topic. Go forth and train.

Scott <>
USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 10:51:10 (EST) 

Modern technology has helped some parts of shooting, no question. Constantly amazed though at how many of the pundits simply replace walking with talking about walking.

Shooting is no diff, imho, than stick training, knife training, etc. You gotta do it to get good at it, and the only way to find out if you are any darned good is to go full contact [in a manner of speaking] with someone better than you. Recently listened to 2 guys argue over the better / worse than attributes of the Accuracy International and the PSG-1. Know both of them well, I have shot both of their rigs, and like 'em both. Guarantee not a case of rounds have gone through either gun, probably not through both guns combined. Lordy, they wouldn't shoot guns like that in the pouring rain, sleet, snow. Causes one to smile.

Old Dog
Bruce <>
USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 11:51:41 (EST) 

I agree with the posting about you don't have to have ben shot to teach shooting. I for one other than one SWAT accident no one has ever shot me and I plan to keep it that way. (No I didn't shoot myself). I have been teaching for about fifteen years and know alot of instructors are better than me, but I keep tring to get better. If I teach a class you will get all my efforts to make it a learning experience. A clue to all teachers out there: You learn from your students as much as they learn from you. Someone always has soom information you don't. Get off your High Horse and be human. Enough said on the subject.

Now to whoever bad mouthed PSS'S. Son get out and shoot and quit thinking about it. No Bench racer ever one a race and no Tecno Shooter has enough going to win a match or save a life. Trust me if you are a bad guy you don't want me looking at you through my scoped PSS at any range. Bottom line is what Plaster said Police Snipers need a one minute or less rifle. Every PSS I have shot would do 1/2 to 3/4 minute and that equals lights out right now for bad guys.

Calif. USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 13:10:29 (EST) 

Picking a good instructor? Look for enthusiasm and a willingness to teach from the heart. Also avoid the instructor who claims to know everything and has a bunch of "techniques" that he claims credit for. Believe me, you can track down most of the new marksmanship techniques back to some real old books. Avoid instructors who dont force you to crawl, then walk, then run. The fundamentals must be understood before you can move to the high speed stuff. Look for instructors who dont mind if you want to go to other instructors to compare programs. Compare prices. Some folks will really jam you. Ask to see credentials and dont be afraid to call around and check on people. Avoid instructors who rest on thier past laurels and havent fired a shot in years. Go to competitions and see who hires people to shoot for them or who goes out and competes himself.

gooch <>
Elk Garden , WV USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 17:34:30 (EST) 

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