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Firearms trainer interview – David Kenik

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We interviewed David Kenik at SHOT Show 2014 about firearms training. He is the author of the book ARMED RESPONSE: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense and producer of the Armed Response Video Training Series. His ebook, A Gun Owner's Guide to SURVIVING MASS SHOOTINGS, is available as a free download on his website.

We asked David seven questions about training and what it means to him.

1) What is the value of training?
Training gives a person understanding of their physical and equipment limitations.

2) Why did you become a trainer?
What I knew about firearms defense wasn’t what I needed to know. Training gave me a much better perception of what I needed to know.

3) What is the emphasis of your class?
My classes show the students what they can and can’t do. Then I show them how to work within the limitations they have at that time.

4) Who is your market?
Gunowners who have a firearm for personal defense.

5) What do YOU do to train/practice?
For training, I take training classes from other trainers. My practice consists of working on what I train in my classes. I think of it as “Teach what I live and live what I teach.”

6) How would you describe your training philosophy?
I explain numerous techniques, tell what I prefer, and why I like or dislike a particular technique.

7) Why should people take training?
Skill is not intuitive. However, it more or less appears to be. This gives a false sense of security.

We appreciate David taking the time to share his thoughts on this important topic.

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