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The Importance of Refresher Training for Experienced Shooters

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

John Simpson, USCCA Firearms Instructor anwner of Peach State Defense Solutions, LLC. working with a student during a firearms training range session in Georgia d o
John Simpson, USCCA Instructor and owner of Peach State Defense Solutions, LLC.

As a firearms instructor and enthusiast, I am acutely aware of the importance of continuous training and development when it comes to handling firearms. Even for individuals who have prior shooting experience, undergoing regular refresher training is crucial to maintain proficiency, promote safety, and adapt to evolving techniques and equipment. In this blog, I will delve into the reasons why firearms refresher training should be an essential component of every responsible gun owner's routine.

Maintaining Proficiency:

Having previous shooting experience doesn't automatically guarantee proficiency in firearm handling. Proficiency is a skill that must be consistently practiced and honed. Without regular training, individuals may lose their ability to effectively handle firearms, leading to decreased accuracy and slower reaction times. Firearms refresher training serves as a valuable opportunity to reinforce fundamental shooting skills, such as proper grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control. By focusing on these core skills, individuals can maintain their proficiency and ensure they are prepared to handle firearms safely and effectively in critical situations.

Promoting Safety:

Firearms are powerful tools that demand utmost respect and responsible use. Safety should always be the top priority for any gun owner. While individuals with previous shooting experience may possess a solid understanding of basic safety protocols, complacency and the passage of time can erode these habits. Firearms refresher training for experienced shooters provides a structured environment where gun owners can review and reinforce safety practices under the guidance of a qualified instructor. By revisiting these principles, individuals are reminded of the potential risks and dangers associated with firearms, enabling them to adopt a more cautious and responsible approach to gun ownership. Refreshing safety knowledge helps prevent accidents, enhances responsible firearm handling, and contributes to a safer environment for both gun owners and the wider community.

Adapting to Evolving Techniques and Equipment:

The world of firearms is constantly evolving, with advancements in technology, techniques, and equipment. Staying up-to-date with these changes is paramount for gun owners who wish to remain proficient and adaptable. Firearms refresher training offers a platform to learn about and practice with the latest firearms, accessories, and shooting techniques. Instructors can provide insights into new safety features, shooting methods, and emerging trends, ensuring participants are well-informed and prepared to adapt to the evolving landscape.

In conclusion, I firmly believe that firearms refresher training should be a non-negotiable aspect of responsible gun ownership, even for those with previous shooting experience. By consistently honing our skills, reinforcing safety protocols, and staying abreast of evolving techniques and equipment, we can ensure that we are proficient, responsible, and adaptable firearm handlers. These training sessions allow me to hone in on your strengths and weaknesses, and analyze the correct training path for you. As an instructor and avid shooter myself, I strongly encourage all experienced shooters to prioritize regular training sessions to maintain their skills and stay at the top of their game. Remember, the responsibility of handling firearms requires continuous dedication and improvement. Stay safe, stay proficient, and always strive to be the best shooter you can be.


If you are in the greater Atlanta area, and would like to book a handgun refresher class with me, click the registration link below to book a lesson. Because these are private sessions, there will be no listed class dates on the registration page. Simply click 'Request A Date' at the bottom of that registration page, and submit a list of 2-3 dates/times you are available for a session. Sessions are $60 per person, and typically last 60-90 minutes, depending on the student's needs. These are usually 1-on-1 sessions, but class capacity is set at 2, so students can sign up with a friend or loved one. Students are responsible for paying their range fee + ammo. Student use handguns are available for free if you don't have one. Our preferred range is Bullseye Indoor Range & Gun Shop in downtown Lawrenceville, Ga.. The range fee for Bullseye Indoor Range is $12; with no time limit. A session can be arranged at a preferred range near you (depending on your location) for an additional fee. If you have any difficulty on the registration page, email me directly at

Peach State Defense Solutions, LLC. - Handgun Refresher Class:

USCCA Instructor and Peach State Defense Solutions owner John Simpson

John P. Simpson

Owner/Lead Instructor

Peach State Defense Solutions, LLC.

uscca certified instructor for peach state defense solutions llc


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