February 24, 2009
17205 Gaddy Road
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
I wanted to express our sincere thanks for the personal coaching and training Twyla and I received during the Assault Response Training (ART) course at the Shoot-N-Iron in January. All of the instructors are clearly masters in teaching self-defense and preparing citizens with the knowledge and skills to take control and avoid being a victim of an assault, home invasion, car-jacking, or other scenario we could face. While the techniques were simple to understand and practice, they were extremely effective and gave us confidence we could apply them if a threatening situation occurred.
I believe the ART course should be required of all people applying for concealed handgun permits. When you understand your most powerful weapon is your mind and ability to react decisively, handguns, knives, and other available items are merely tools to be used appropriately. Knowing how to respond allows you to be in control of these choices.
Since my wife and I are recent handgun owners, the ART course was extremely effective in teaching us the safety and handling of these tools. It was exciting to see how accurate we could be with the proper techniques and coaching. Practicing concealed carry and acting out the assault scenarios like car-jacking, hostage situation, and gang conflicts in a real environment was the best experience to prepare us for that responsibility.
It has been amazing to see the attitude change in Twyla after taking this course. I know she will not be a victim should someone try to attack her and that gives me great comfort. We are planning to come back to the Shoot-N-Iron and bring our 26 year old daughter next time.