Teaching Shooting, and “Necessary” vs. “Sufficient”

The inimitable Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat has a blog, and she had an excellent post today about good teachers. I left a comment on her post, but wanted to reiterate and expand on something here.

Kathy wrote:

There’s a huge number of women out there right now who have a desire to reach out and to work with other women, but too many of these women have not yet developed the skillset to do that well.


I’m always impressed when I talk to women who have a heart to help other women get into the firearms world, and especially into the self-defense corners of that world. I love that! I love it so much that it thrills me to see it being done well. I love to watch competent women at work and I love to meet women who work hard to learn what they need to know in order to reach others even more effectively.

Personally, I think this is hugely important, and I want to expand on it a bit here. In particular, I’d like to talk about what makes a qualified firearms instructor, and what makes a good one. I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there, and (as I said in my comment on Kathy’s post) self-defense and shooting skills are just too important to be held hostage to an instructor’s ego trip or, worse, to his or her ignorance.

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