I've recently seen several instructors panicking because ISP tightened up the standards for concealed carry qualifications. I want ITFT students to rest assured that we implemented these standards from day one, before ISP made the rule. Based upon my training and experience, it was common sense to only count shots (hits) that actually hit the scoring rings or within the rings on the target as opposed to anywhere on the target, but instructor experience is not equal across the board. ITFT prides itself in providing Professional, Reliable and Experienced based training.
ITFT tries to provide training and products relevant to what our customers and potential customers want and need. To do this, from time to time, we come to you and directly ask you "What do you want to see from ITFT?". Whether it is additional training or additional products or something changed all together, we want to hear to hear about it. So give us some feed back, let us know what we can do to make your experience with ITFT better!
In the last year the number of firearms instructors and firearms training companies have grown exponentially and rightfully considering the circumstances. However, this presents a new challenge for a person looking for training, whereas before, the challenge was to find an instructor and now they are a dime a dozen. I'm a very realistic person and just the like the next person, I don't want to be jacked around by a self-proclaimed "expert". I don't want any B.S., just realistic training from a professional, educated and experienced trainer. A person can find the most expensive trainer in the world and if training is terrible, then what? On the other hand, a person can find "free training" or "cheap training," but what if the training isn't any good? In the end, what is "free training," "cheap training" or "expensive training" going to cost you? The answer is EVERYTHING... When we talk about concealed carry, we are taking what used to be a "grown up toy" and turning it into a tool. The firearm isn't just any tool, but it's the tool that you are betting your life on! You are relying on the training and the firearm for you and your family's protection. Now, put a price on you and your family. I can't, I don't walk out of my house without a gun nearby (unless under special circumstances) because I know I could not live with myself if I had the opportunity to protect my family and didn't. Anyone that has played sports before knows that you rely on your practice (training) to carry you through the situation, so lets move that thought to the situation of life and death. I hope the training you attended was thorough, based upon experience and proven tactics, and not a fly by the seat of your pants instructor who claims to be the best and doesn't know what they are talking about. They say, "you get what you pay for," and for the most part that is true. Basically, do your homework, ask questions of the instructor. If the instructor is quick to tear down other instructors instead of providing a laundry list of their credentials and experience, then you know you found the wrong person. I personally believe in what I teach and day in and day out, I practice what I teach. I have an extensive background pertaining to concealed carry and focus ITFT's training on being professional, reliable and experienced based. My Master Firearms Instructor Certification consisted of over 144 hours of instructor training, not counting 40 hours of CQB and nearly 10 years of concealed carry experience. Two and half of those years consisted of undercover work in which I carried a concealed weapon all day, everyday. I am certified to carry a firearm on an airplane. I assure you, ITFT's training is not the cheapest nor the most expensive. Consider what is at stake and do your homework. I believe you will see ITFT offers exceptional training, above and beyond what is required by ISP standards, that you and your family can depend on.
Does is surprise anyone that a federal court shot down Chicago's ban on selling and buying firearms?!? Perhaps the only surprising thing is that the federal judge was appointed by President Obama, but perhaps this is a sign of the 2nd Amendment's acceptance in the court systems. I am sure there are plenty of judges who would like to throw out the 2nd Amendment, but it was not that long ago the U.S. Supreme Court had the opportunity to throw out Roe V. Wade, but chose not to, saying it is now the law of the land. It is not a fair comparison to compare part of the Bill of Rights to a court decision, but I believe the same principle can still apply. This does not mean we should let our guard down, always be vigilant! I assure you, Chicago and Mayor Bloomberg are already working on other, backdoor, deceivious ways to take our right away from us. Stay Safe and Carry On!!