Interview with Joel Durden from Lockwood Gun Training Importance of Training & Personal Safety
Joel at Lockwood Gun
Training has training available on “Don’t Be a Victim Class” The class is about
4 hours long and a fee of only $25. This
is a non firearm class that is packed with valuable information on how to prevent
being the victim of a crime by being a harder target.. If you are interested
please contact Joel @ 775-813-8130 or visit his website at
Recently, I found myself in such a similar situation. It involved a robber in a store here
locally. Due to my prior training I
believe it is what kept me safe. Bottom
line folks is this… Be aware, see the whole picture, remain calm and in my case
I kept eye contact with other victims.
We all made it safely through the incident and because of courage of
those involved there was no injuries and the robber was caught the next day. In
today’s crazy world we must become more aware.
Go with your gut!
Anita: Joel can you
give my radio friends a little background on you?
Joel Response: I’m an Army Military Police Veteran and a
prior Law Enforcement Officer having worked in the State of Nevada as a
Anita: Why are you so passionate about training folks in
firearms and personal security?
Joel Response: I believe teaching others hot to protect
themselves and their families makes community a safer place to live. Let’s face
the facts, in general criminals like easier targets.
Anita: How is your training different from others in our
Joel Response: I think my prior training and experience
gives me my edge over others, it gives me my passion to train others to the
absolute best of my ability. It is said that if you find yourself in a fair
fight your tactics suck, so learn all the tactics you can. This is why I
strongly suggest that anyone looking to get firearms training, to interview the
instructor and find out if they are the right instructor for you. Do they have the background, training and
life experience to provide the level of training the individual is looking for?
Anita: Let’s talk about the mindset of a criminal for a
minute. Criminal Predators have some of
Manipulative, Viewing niceness as a weakness, Constantly
looking for criminal opportunities, overconfidence, demeaning their victims to
increase their sense of self worth, blending in with the crowd so they do not
appear threatening and look innocent. Criminal’s don’t think reasonably,
rationally or responsibly.
Every situation involved with a criminal is unique. I
believe this is because all environments bring to the table different
situations like how many people are around, what is the criminal after, what
weapons are present etc.
Anita: Joel what are some ways we can prepare ourselves
Joel Response: Situational awareness is absolutely key in
preventing crime, at home, work, in your car and on social media. The Refuse to
be a Victim Seminar covers all of these areas and others. The seminar points out east to use strategies
everyone can employ. One example is by NOT keeping your registration and
insurance card in your glovebox, these have your home address on them, so a
criminal that breaks in your care in the parking lot at work NOW knows where
you live and if you have a garage door opener in your car that can also be an
easy in for the criminal.
Anita: What is meant by personal security?
Joel Response: In a nut shell, Situational Awareness and
employing strategies to make yourself a harder target for criminals.
Anita: How can my Blogger friends secure their homes against
Joel Response: Keep your doors locked, reinforce points of
entry, such as doors by replacing the ¾” screws holding the latch plates to 3”
screws, this will strengthen the door making it a lot harder for someone to
force the door open. Surveillance
Cameras, real or decoy cameras will deter criminals, they don’t want to get
Anita: What if I am at a stoplight or sitting in my car
somewhere checking my emails and missed calls how can we stay safe while in our
Joel Response: Simply lock your doors once you’re in your
vehicle. When you park, back in if possible, this allows you to drive off
faster than having to back up if you are approached. Maintain a situational
Anita: What are some good personal devices people can carry
Joel Response: The best personal device is the one you are familiar
with and you can carry with confidence and use effectively. In Nevada, pepper
spray and tasers are legal to carry, restrictions to apply from state to state
so research what is acceptable in your State. For those that are inclined to do
so, a firearm. People need to understand that using a firearm in a defensive
situation is hugely different than going to a range and they need to have
ongoing training than what a CCW class will teach them.
Anita: I am not sure about my radio friends but I know for
myself I have a hard time staying alert every minute with all that happens in a
day, not to mention all the things we have our minds on to pick up the kids,
get to the store etc.. Do you have any suggestions to clear the clutter and
Joel Response: Situational awareness is a relaxed state of awareness,
it doesn’t mean you have to constantly be looking around, it involves all your
senses, including your “GUT” as you mentioned earlier, trust your gut!
Anita: What other types of training do you offer?
Joel Response: In addition to firearms and personal
protection classes; I also teach basic and advanced reloading. I’m available
for coaching sessions, as well as customized tailored classes designed to fit
and individuals needs.
Anita: Where can folks sign up for your classes?
Joel Response: They can reach me directly at 775-813-8130, I
also have a contact form on my website at https://lockwoodguntraining.com or by
going to nrainstructors.org
Anita: As I was preparing for today’s show I got to thinking
about names of businesses and how a criminal may think they are easy prey. Joel
do you think a business name can invite criminals?
Joel Response: I think the type of business attracts criminals
more than a name does.
Anita: Do you offer classes for kids?
Joel Response: The Eddie Eagle gun safe program is an
excellent class for younger kids. The basics of the program is to teach kids to
Stop, Don’t touch, leave the area and tell an adult. Education is the key to
keeping kids safe around guns. Personally, when my kids were younger I never
made guns taboo, that just makes kids more curious. I educated them on gun
safety. Ultimately gun owners are responsible to keep their firearms secured in
a manner that prevents unauthorized people from gaining access to them. However,
I do make all my classes available to kids when their parents are attending the
same course. My rule of thumb is 12 years of age and older. However, it is best
left up to the parents judgment to determine if their child is old enough and
responsible enough to attend any of my classes.
Most businesses run on passion hoping the money comes J at least I know from
my experience. I believe it comes from
the heart and loving on people who purchase your products or services. I have been fulfilled so many times just
giving the passion in everything I do. Money to me is just a tool to use to get
to where you want to be, but relationships built on trust, your passion and
good customer service outlasts the money in many cases. It’s ok to disagree with me, but until you
know the whole story don’t judge me lol.
Anita: Joel is there anything else you would like my Blog friends
to know about Lockwood Gun Training?
Joel Response: I wear all the hats at Lockwood Gun Training,
as I’m a one man operation, so if they call and I’m not available to answer the
phone, please leave a message or shoot me a text and I will get back to them as
soon as I can.
Joel thank you so much for sharing your business with my Blogger
friends today I know they have learned a lot from you today. I will be posting
links on afdesigns.online if you need any information about any of my interviewed
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