Hopefully by now, you’ve been able to see the video we made for Sentinel Concepts Low Light Vehicle CQB class. If not, you can watch it here.
I wanted to thank everyone for the warm reception that the video has received in the community. Truly. The support has been outstanding. My hope is that we can bring even more of these videos to you so you can get an honest look at what is being taught across the country by some of the best guys in the business.
Using video to tell the story of a class is one thing, but it can in no way replace the actual information provided by the instructors. Too often, I see guys that watch a lot of YouTube videos and think that they can take what they watched and emulate it out on the range. Not only is that galacticly stupid, but it can be downright unsafe. In fact, I am SURE you will see low level instructors repeating what they see in videos like this and passing it off as their own. Buyer beware. This is why I personally take so many classes from so many instructors: to find out for myself what is being taught, by whom, and at what level. It makes me a better shooter, but I also look at what is being taught with a much more critical eye, thereby becoming a better THINKER. That’s 95% of shooting.
Instructors teach for a reason, to make sure that students get proper information explained clearly and in a way that makes sense for the application at hand. There are a LOT of top tier instructors out there (Sentinel Concepts included) that want nothing more than to fill classes with students willing to learn. They don’t do it for fame, for gear, for groupies, and certainly not for the paycheck. They do it because they love providing hard won knowledge to people willing to receive it.
If you watch a video like this and get excited about this type of training, do yourself a favor and enroll in an upcoming class: if not with Sentinel Concepts, then with any one of the reputable schools or instructors across the country. Not only will you come out a better person, you will be helping support a community of teaching professionals and the overall firearms industry. We wouldn’t be where we are without them.
Matt Stagliano is a photographer first, and firearms / outdoors enthusiast second. His work has appeared in countless magazines and online outlets such as RECOIL, SKILLSET, Guns & Ammo, Concealment, Breach Bang Clear, Ammoland, and others. He spends most of his time running Stonetree Creative, a full service portrait studio in Maine when he is not on assignment as Firelance Media. Learn more about Stonetree online or follow him on Instagram (@stonetreecreative). On Facebook here.