Today, I spoke at the 2017 Rangemaster Tactical Conference (Tac Con), held at the Direct Action Resource Center in Little Rock. Tom Givens, the owner of the Rangemaster brand of training, is a 25 year veteran of law enforcement who now provides advanced training to both armed citizens and law enforcement. His wife, Lynn, is an accomplished firearms instructor in her own right. The two of them oversee the production of this annual Tac Con event.
Karl Rehn from KR Training suggested to Tom last year that I be added to this year's rosters of presenters. I emailed Tom a number of course suggestions regarding preparedness topics about which I thought his audience would enjoy. He selected my offer to talk about "Preparing For Things Other Than Violence: Strategies For Adding Preparedness Training Into Your Existing Firearms Course Curricula."
The overall themes of my presentation (you can download a pdf of the PowerPoint at the bottom of this post) were my standard sermon on building a preparedness culture: we need more people helping to build the culture, and firearms instructors are well positioned to help in that task.
After laying out the case for why I thought instructors should consider adding preparedness training to their curricula, I spent some time talking about the demographics of those who call themselves "preppers" and some of the challenges marketing to them. We also spent time outlining two distinct strategies in creating preparedness training:
These are not either/or options; a firearms instructor motivated to do so could easily do both. I think the former option is easier in many ways, and it gives the instructor the ability to test drive how well preparedness training will be received by their students. The latter takes a bit more of a time commitment, but it can yield benefits in not only creating more prepared citizens but also an increased customer base for instructors.
A few takeaways from the presentation and participant feedback:
The fact that a conference as highly regarded as Tac Con would offer something like this as a presentation is a testament to the growing interest in preparedness. It's my hope we can continue on the momentum we are building.
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