Hey shooters, last week I got a call from my good buddy, Brian Waldron. By now, you probably know that Brian owns and operates Florida Security and Firearms Training and a gun shop called Guns R Us in Fort Myers. We’ve trained together in the past, and he suggested that we attend a Sheriff’s Department class recently held to see if we could gain any knowledge to improve our own training classes. I reluctantly agreed, because I knew it would be a big class which I don’t like, and I had visions of a bunch of cops yelling at everyone. I also didn’t think they would take well to a couple of instructors stepping on their toes — besides, there are some good NASCAR races going on this weekend. Brian said we could hand out some cards and meet some new people, which is always good. So, I agreed to meet him at the Sheriff’s gun range on Airport Road in Punta Gorda bright and early on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
We arrived on time and took our seats in the classroom with everyone else. The lead instructor was Lt. Ken Roguska, a veteran of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office who has an extensive shooting and gun background. His co-instructor was Corp. Colin Eggleton, also a highly trained and experienced law enforcement shooter. These guys had done everything over their years of service. They have been involved in patrolling the streets, narcotics and even SWAT, so I knew we weren’t being taught by a rookie instructor. We were supplied with lots of printed materials to use and take home for later study, including the complete statutes that cover all the firearms and use of force rules for the State of Florida. Also issued was a nice packet of basic handgun safety and handling rules covering both revolver and semi-automatic operation.
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