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Firearms trainer interview – Ralph Mroz

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We interviewed Ralph Mroz at SHOT Show 2014 about firearms training. He was formerly a police officer in Western Massachusetts. Ralph is the author of two training books, Tactical Defensive Training for Real-life Encounters: Practical Self-Preservation for Law Enforcement and Defensive Shooting for Real-Life Encounters: A Critical Look at Current Training Methods. He has also written and/or created numerous DVDs, including Extreme Close-Quarter Shooting: A Critical Analysis Of Contact-Distance Shooting Tactics and the Armed Response series of training DVDs.

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

1) What is the value of training?
Training helps you perform as desired in a real situation.

2) Why did you become a trainer?
It was important for me to share what I knew about firearms, tactics, and especially close quarters encounters.

3) What is the emphasis of your class?
I want to correct what I consider to be serious misconceptions in mainstream training.

4) Who is your market?
Law Enforcement, with a secondary emphasis on private citizens who are serious students.

5) What do YOU do to train/practice?
I take classes from different trainers and practice fundamentals of shooting and contact distance encounters.

6) How would you describe your training philosophy?
The 80/20 Rule, aka the Pareto Principle, drives my training philosophy. I focus most of my training on the things that are most likely to happen and much less of my training on things that are less likely to happen.

7) Why should people take training?
Defensive encounters are a complex high level activity that people mistake for a simple intuitive activity. They ignore this distinction at their own risk and the risk of their colleagues and loved ones.

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