Article submitted by Mark Hatfield.
I want to apologize to Doc Kibbey. In my article regarding him I wrote that he did an event using Airsoft equipment. That is not correct. Doc was using and demonstrating UTM Non Lethal Training Ammunition and conversions. It was very interesting. This equipment allows the user to easily convert their own actual firearm to one used against masked and padded training partners. This allows a greater degree of realism in training over other methods. It seemed a little pricey to me for use by the average guy but does have benefits over that of other gear for this purpose. It might be very good for police and military use. After practice, the guns can be quickly return to their regular configuration. All safety precautions apply here as with any similar mode of training. UTM.
The last few years I have had the opportunity to attend a goodly number of firearms and related courses. Some of these I have written about, and there were many more of which I should have written about but alas I am under no requirement to do so and am getting lazier in my old age.
While studying under ‘big name’ nationally recognized instructors is great, sometimes there are others who are worth being given ‘a shot’, so to speak. A problem currently, is that the ‘market’ is flooded with instructors and ‘wanna be’ instructors. I witnessed one who was especially bad and what was worse was that his students were so new that they didn’t know he was bad. For those who have not seen this short article it is elsewhere on this webpage. Many of these ‘teachers’, new to the task, may often have been former military or law enforcement. What they are teaching may not really be relevant to the average guy. The class might be lots of fun, you learn new and interesting things, but they are things which may not apply to you, things which may never be useful to you. Or the methods taught may work only with specific equipment or only if you take them to a high level of skill. The teachers may be knowledgeable and skilled at their art but that does not automatically mean that they are good at transferring that knowledge to you. Remember the difference between the pro athlete and the coach. The pro might or might not make a good coach. The coach played that sport, maybe not at a pro level, but can bring others to that level.
Today I want to mention C.R. Williams and ‘Doc’ Kibbey.
C.R., I have seen off and on for several years when attending classes by the big boys. I have never attended any classes taught by him but have attended a ‘training group’ weekend which he organized and orchestrated. He has written four books, the first three of which have been consolidated into one. I have purchased these and find them to be quite similar to what I might have written. One of the things which I respect about C.R. is that he teaches only what he knows and is confident of. This is in contrast to some in the business. who try to determine what paying customers want, then try to learn enough about it to claim to teach it.
C.R. is located in Alabama but sometimes travels. His business is In Shadow In Light. (www.inshadowinlight.com
) His books are: ‘Gunfighting, and other Thoughts about doing Violence’ (vol. 1-3 combined), and number 4, ‘Facing the Active Shooter’. This last one is updated annually. The books are worth buying.
Pierce Kibbey, I’ve only met recently, it was at an event given by C.R. ‘Doc’ (a title we once both shared) organized scenarios using Airsoft equipment For those not familiar, Airsoft guns use air powered plastic pellets so that (while wearing suitable protective gear) participants can simulate actual defensive situations against other participants. While the situations we did were well thought, what especially impressed me was his insistence on debriefings of the participants: ‘What did you see, What did you hear, At what point did you decide to…?, etc. Previously, ‘Doc’ Kibbey and I spend a couple hours one evening comparing our military experiences and discussing how we got to where we are.
Kibbey has a business called PRACTICs, which is located in central Florida (www.practicsinc.com
). He offers more than just another ‘how to shoot the gun’ training. Simply participating in scenarios organized by Doc Kibbey was enough to show me that he is not simply a teacher but a teacher who thinks, there is a difference.
C.R. in Alabama, Doc in Florida, both are worth looking into and more than just a little consideration.