Congratulations! You have decided to become your own first responder, what now? The simple answer is that you need to go get trained up. The reality is not so simple; knowing where and how to get good training can be overwhelming, time consuming, and become very costly. The good news is it doesn’t have to be if you have a well-balanced training roadmap.
Just like a road map gives you driving directions from point A to point B, advises you on rest stops and roadblocks, and gives you an estimated time to our destination, a training roadmap can be your tools to navigate your journey of training. It guides you from an introduction to firearms, to gained confidence, being an informed consumer, and then long-term participation in the industry.
Your roadmap is guided by your willingness to:
- Create a habit. Make a new normal, it takes repetition for several days to form a habit.
- Master skills. Tune up your auto pilot, create muscle memory.
- Make room in your budget. Allocate funds for formal training and quality gear.
- Carve out time. Easily incorporate training every week, if not every day.
The majority of people cannot train with live-fire every day, even every week. Unless shooting is your full-time job, factors like finances, range availability, and time are all roadblocks. The circumstances are different for everyone, but you can take steps with a training roadmap to ensure that you maintain your skill sets, enjoy recreational shooting sports successfully, and be better prepared should the unthinkable happen where you need to defend your life or the life of a loved one.
Here are some of the practices and tools that you can use as part of the AG & AG roadmap to help you get you where you want to go:
- Physical ability
- Live fire
- Dry fire
- Supervised practice and coaching
- Practice sessions
- Recreational shooting
- Virtual learning
You can find ideas and resources for each of these through AG & AG. Some examples include:
- Coaching at a GNO or AG & AG event
- Live-fire, dry-fire, or practice sessions guided by the Shooting Journal or Dry-Fire Cards
- Simple fitness programs like the Push-Up Challenge
- Professional training at National Conference
- Virtual training for competition with interactive webinars
- Firearms training articles on our website on Mindset, Marksmanship, and more
- And much more!
A Girl & A Gun supports you throughout your journey. Whether you want to learn the basics of marksmanship or are looking for advanced skills, you will find support each step of the way.