I had been around my father’s firearms as a child but was mostly afraid of them and stayed away from ever shooting or handling them. I had a healthy respect for firearms but developed a fear that stemmed from misconceptions of gun owners & ownership, and a negative childhood encounter with others misusing firearms!!
Last year I decided I needed to overcome my fear of handguns and become educated on the proper use, handling, and personal protection advantages. I have friends that enjoy recreational shooting but and talked of the aspect of personal protection. I had seen some of Will Radford's "Refuse to Be a Victim Training" Facebook posts and became more interested in personal protection for my home and business after talking with him. I signed up to take the Basic Pistol class with Will Radford of Refuse To Be A Victim Training!!
Initially I was concerned about sitting in a classroom all day for teaching but the information taught was so interesting and included personal real life situations which made the in-class time go so fast. It was great to hear from the "pros" mistakes & successes they had experienced or seen in their career so that we would learn faster without the same errors!!
Our class consisted of men & women of various ages from young adults to retirees. It was a mixed group of some of us who had never handled guns to others who had some limited experience. Will and his co-instructor helped the students feel relaxed and you could sense they were genuinely interested in our reasons for taking the class and willing to give extra time and instruction needed as any extra questions arose. They shared their personal ideas and tips that had helped them increase there skill level that would help us in turn a quicker learning rate. The extra attention they give is invaluable to a student and does not come from just a textbook!!
I have come away with a lot more knowledge of handguns and technique use and handling than I ever expected to know or understand. It helped to formulate the importance of proper care, handling, safety, and self-protection aspects that I had not even considered. The vast experience that Will Radford was able to expound on from his personal experiences in security detail work encouraged me to be prepared with a plan of protection and action before an adverse situation arises. He prompted questions and scenarios that encouraged us to develop action plans that we may have not considered yet before this class!!
On the range shooting was great! It was exciting to put to "test" the knowledge, training and safety procedures outlined to us in the classroom. You could see among the students, after finishing our range time, a significant increase in our confidence from putting into practice what we had been taught in the classroom!!
This is a class that I highly recommend and the instructors were so professional, personable and patient with the students. Their enthusiasm and confidence in their knowledge of the course materials and firearms was a catalyst in my becoming a firearm owner/user and concealed carrier. I look forward to my wife taking this class in the future and hope to attend more advanced gun and self-protection classes offered by RTBV in the future!!
Mark Edwards - Owner - http://www.adkinslightingcenter.com