In order to become an armed security guard and carry a firearm with you while on duty, you must first complete additional hours of training that specializes in firearm handling and safety.”
Armed-guard training centres will also ensure that you meet all requirements – physical, mental and reactional – to be accredited and qualify as an armed guard.
When you complete your training, you will typically receive a card that allows you to legally carry a firearm while on duty.
The training programs to become an armed security guard vary, as well as the number of hours required during that training; rest assured, all programs involve a rigorous, multi-point background check to make sure the guard qualified to carry a firearm – and use it responsibly.
How Does an Accredited Grading Coach Armed Guards?
Formal firearms training will teach guards about weapons retention, self-defence, and certain laws regarding the use of firearms in their specific country.
Weapons retention is all about how to keep a gun safe during an attack. An unfortunate reality is that a guard’s gun can be taken from them and used against either themselves, against the public – or the people the guard is protecting. The training will help the guard learn how to retain their gun in dangerous situations, as well as how to make sure it’s secure and locked properly while carrying it.
Self-defence is self-explanatory; trainees will learn techniques that will help them defend and protect themselves, both with and without the aid of a firearm. Many trainees hold no prior experience with a firearm – they are first trained at a firing range to get comfortable and familiarise themselves with the weapon before it is ever called into action. Some people find that when they get to this point, carrying a gun is just too much for them and not something they want to get involved with. This is a great indicator of whether or not a security guard is prepared (and able) to become a legally armed officer.
There are also countless laws concerning with how the guard carries his weapon, and how and when it can be used. The exact rules vary drastically, but they are all important to know, not only because knowing them will help the trainee pass the firearms training test, but because they are in place to help save lives and keep the guard and everyone else around them, safe.