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A.J. Holst

Why it took me 4 years

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To go from acquiring my HCP, daily carry and practice to instructor led training.

For me it was fear of the unknown and public embarrassment.

1. I'm not very good and better students or even the instructor will be amazed by my lack of skill.

The not very good is offset by the very fact I'm participating in training. In my experience, the environment is always encouraging, and sometimes, even at my skill level, I can encourage newer shooters.

2. I have a proper belt and holster but don't have tacti-cool gear and accessories.

This was less important to me as I have learned to tailor my gear to me and my dress, which is different than everyone else. It is nice to learn what gear others employ, may be better than what I got.

3. I don't shoot a "insert fanboy brand or brands here" What will my instructor or others think about my handgun choice.

Who cares? Reliable, shootable, primary carry pistol - bring it. 

4. I carry a fanboy pistol, but it's stock. No fancy trigger, RMR, grips, magwell, or bayonet (for you CZ guys, and I am looking for one)

If it was a competition, this probably makes a difference, but this is training.

My suggestion starting out is train with what you carry or  your primary defense pistol.

5. I can't afford it.

I paid over $100 to obtain my HCP.

One day, no overnight travel classes available for less than $100 plus gas, ammo, and lunch.

An hour at the range is $20 plus.

If I reduce live practice and increase dry practice, it becomes easier to budget.

6. I don't have time

Time is precious, especially with our 5 day week spread over 7 days. It's easy to say, "just do it," but taking a day requires giving up that time for something else.

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