Over the weekend, Vigilance Elite hosted 2 ladies-only classes at the OK Corral Gun Club. It was an incredible weekend of successful training, safe shooting, personal growth, and tactical awareness. Each one of you made tremendous steps towards becoming a better self-defense shooter verses a weekend recreational shooter. Weather you attended as a first-time shooter, novice, or a Vigilance Elite veteran shooter, my instructors saw a vast improvement in every student. My instructors saw your comfort level and confidence grow as training moved forward throughout the day which makes us extremely proud. Congratulations on a job well done!
Above all, every student demonstrated the 4 basic principles of firearm safety. Whether you’re a Navy SEAL or a first-time shooter, the 4 basic rules of firearm safety are the core values that every shooter should abide.
1. Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
2. Finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
3. Don’t point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to destroy.
4. Know your target and what’s behind it.
No matter what your skill level is, you can never EVER get enough of the fundamentals. The fundamentals are what make the difference in how you perform when it counts. Even us instructors with decades of combat shooting experience constantly work on mastering fundamentals. Eventually the fundamentals will be 2nd nature and you’ll find yourself pushing your limits and comfort level.

Here is a mental checklist on what to work on when improving your skills.

•Body squared to your target.
•Feet shoulder width apart.
•Knees slightly bent.
•Slightly leaning forward (very slightly).
•Shoulders rolled forward.
•Elbows and wrists locked out.
•Feet pointed towards the target.
•Firm handshake (not to weak, not to strong).
•Equal pressure from both hands
•Stacked thumbs pointed at the target (laser beams) or support thumb locking strong thumb down.
•Finger straight off the trigger.
•Normal breathing pattern (do not hold your breath).
•Line the front and rear sites (equal height equal light)
•Front sight focus (target is blurry, and rear sight is blurry).
•Front sight center mass of your target.
•Both eyes open.
•We all know what this is…
•DO NOT DO IT. We sure as hell all know what this is. WORK ON IT! This is the hardest fundamental of all to master.

Anyone who is thinking of purchasing their first firearm, or making modifications to their existing pistol and needs some advise please feel free to contact anyone of us and we’

It was our pleasure working with every single one of you over the past few days. Please continue to train and I promise you will see an enormous amount of improvement in a short period of time. Remember to be safe and always STAY VIGILANT.

Shawn Ryan