When I was a little kid, I probably drove my mother nuts with how often I whined, “I’m bored!”
I don’t say that much anymore.
The last four weeks or so have included:
Rangemaster Tactical Conference in Little Rock. Not to be missed. Probably the best value you can get in training for your time and dollar if you’re a “civilian,” and a lot of cops attend, too. You can learn a lot just from the archives of the newsletters put together by Rangemaster proprietor and ace trainer Tom Givens.
The next week, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association annual seminar in St. Louis, MO. This is for trainers of police (the only ones allowed to attend, sorry) and is to cops what Rangemaster is to “civilians.” While there, the old guy here woke up deaf one morning: a nasty sinus infection had gone into the middle ear, with enough fluid buildup for what the emergency docs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital diagnosed as acute otitis media. Thanks to my old friend Chief Bert DuVernay who took over for me leading the panel of experts on firearms/deadly force training issues, because I was too deaf to hear the questions from the audience. And thanks to the makers of amoxicillin, which eventually cleared it up.
Then, on to the west coast, to visit the scene of a fatal shooting and do some interviewing for an upcoming wrongful death trial.
Last week, two MAG-20 courses – one range, one classroom lecture, encompassing a full MAG-40 with Karl Rehn’s superb KR Training in the Austin, TX area. Students were great. Karl wrote an AAR (after action report) on the shooting portion. Bookmark Karl’s website and blog – there’s LOTS of learning there, for free.
Along the way, managed to work in the testing of two 9mm pistols for a couple of different gun magazines, the Wilson Combat EDC X9 and the Gen 2.0 version of the Smith & Wesson Military & Police. (Both very nice, by the way.)
The older I get, the less often I have time to be bored.