Tactical training can be a Very Good Thing. But it’s by no means the only thing. Carrying a gun is — or should be — a gestalt of conditions, not just a mastery of marksmanship. It’s as much about being a good human being, controlling emotions, and practicing compassion as it is honing weapon manipulation skills and practicing situational awareness.
Neither a responsible armed citizen nor even a well-trained Peace Officer need be a Tier One Ninja, but both do need to be ready for the hard part.
And the hardest part of any defensive shoot occurs prior to and after the trigger press.
GMT will be the instructional arm of GMW. It will be led by Daniel Shaw, formerly of Shaw Strategies and the USMC. Additional cadre members will be announced in coming months.
GMT’s mission will be to prepare those who carry a gun for such difficulties, and to promote a well-trained, reasoned, and humanistic armed citizenry.
“The more I learn, the more I understand that being less wrong every day is the best that I can hope for. I tell my students this and want them to understand that there are no absolutes, there is no one way or one magic technique that works for everyone in every situation.” Daniel Shaw
Because of GMT’s atypical approach, students will gain more than a high level of technical proficiency.
GunMag Training courses will address such things as:
• Life safety as it relates to the armed citizen and the use of force
• Contextual safety beyond the traditional four rules
• Effective weapon handling
• Mental and emotional preparation prior to an Event
• Pragmatic expectation of what happens after an Event
• Awareness of positional and locational engagement
• Practical understanding of the spherical environment
• Practical understanding of the public environment
• Practicable marksmanship on demand not command
Shaw, a retired Marine infantry leader and combat veteran, will pull from his extensive military career and a lifetime of experience to combine tactical acumen with the moral ethos appropriate to carrying a firearm.
Courses will begin almost immediately with firearms training classes in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and others in Ohio (including Shaw’s seventh year teaching at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Training Conference). Additional classes and locations will be announced soon.
Professional references for LE agency personnel available upon request.
Learn more at GunMag Training (https://training.gunmagwarehouse.com/).
We went to Iraq and when we came back, I found myself doing more stuff with the Gunner…running more ranges and teaching classes. It was around this point I realized as I’m talking, there’s a bunch of young Marines standing around me taking notes. It came full circle. I was that guy six years prior, and now there were people asking me questions constantly. They were listening to me and believing everything I had to say…trusting what I was teaching.
And I realized, “I have to be right…People are believing whatever I say and they’re not questioning anything.” That’s was a big responsibility. But, I really started diving in and I enjoyed it… Daniel Shaw
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