Dave Spaulding has a long and exemplary track record in the firearms training industry (scroll down at the link to read his bio). He knows whereof he speaks . . . and he speaks out loud and clear on his blog about a lot of the nonsense currently circulating in the civilian firearms training industry. Here's an excerpt.
Before 9-11, there were just a few training institutions and about 10-12 traveling instructors ... I got to them all and had a good handle on what was being taught. Then our country was attacked, two wars began and a large number of folks came out of the military and changed the training industry, I believe forever. Focus shifted from the concealed handgun to the M-4 carbine and if you were not former Special Ops you didn't know ****. If you weren't former Special Ops and wanted to instruct, no problem! You just act like you were/are.
Defending the home or what to do in a parking lot attack moved to battlefield tactics. Never mind much of the battlefield stuff was/is inappropriate for law enforcement or the legally armed citizen ... it was/is really cool to do! Gear became the primary concern and many felt as long as they looked good, it did not matter if they could shoot good. Many potential students are real gullible, was the thought. They were right ... just watch You Tube. What garners the attention of the current shooting community is truly amazing! I recently noted Col. Jeff Cooper’s video on The Combat Mindset had around 27,000 views. However, a young girl in short shorts shooting a rifle had over 3 million! What the hell??
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The number of people who call themselves “instructors” is now HUGE. It is amazing how it has gown in just a decade. From the local folks who are doing CCW certification to the top tier tactical/SWAT/Spec Ops instructors…I have never seen so many people vying for your money in the almost 40 years I have been doing this. What is the quality of their training? Do students know enough to know when they are being fleeced? I have seen some really strange stuff being taught. Students come to me in classes and show me what they have been taught elsewhere and I am speechless ... that used to be hard to do to me, but not any longer. I see no reason to teach a barrel roll or back flip with a gun in your hand...
What about some of the on line debates? Do we really care if one person prefers a red dot while the other likes iron sights? Why do people or groups try so hard to prove that others are “wrong”? Appendix carry, SERPA holsters, Kydex versus leather, irons versus optics ... is it critical we try and impose our thoughts and desires about such things on others? Ego abounds. Do you think that maybe ... just maybe ... what might work for you will not work for someone else? Should it be about SOLUTIONS for the students or imposing our instructional will and satisfying our ego?
There's more at the link. Very worthwhile reading, particularly if you're considering taking serious defensive firearms training.