Learning safe defense: Local detective to provide self-defense, firearm safety training

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Fort Scott Police detective Mike Trim, center facing camera, conducts a firearms training session for local officers in May of 2008. Trim, who is a certified instructor for both handguns and shotguns, will be conducting a Basic Introduction to Firearms and Home Defense Instruction Class on Jan. 24. -- Tribune File Photo

By Rayma Silvers

The Fort Scott Tribune

CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information provided the Tribune, the e-mail address for Mike Trim has been changed to maktrim3@aol.com. In addition, this is a private endeavor by Trim and is in no way affiliated with the city of Fort Scott or the Fort Scott Police Department.

Area residents who would like to become trained in the use of firearms and self-defense techniques will soon have the opportunity to do so.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, local resident Mike Trim will be conducting a Basic Introduction to Firearms and Home Defense Instruction Class. The class, which costs $60 per participant, is scheduled to run until 4:30 p.m. and will be conducted at the First Assembly of God, 124 E. National.

Trim, who is a detective with the Fort Scott Police Department, said the course is especially important for any men or women who have a limited knowledge of firearms or basic self-defense techniques. Area residents who wish to participate in the class must be at least 18 years of age and legally able to own a firearm. According to Trim, in today's world, it is important for residents to understand how to defend themselves.

"You never know what's going to happen one day to the next," Trim said. "Life happens, and we need to be prepared."

After attending Trim's class, participants should have an understanding about firearm safety, the different types of firearms and bullets, how to chose the right firearm, the fundamentals of shooting various types of firearms, and pertinent firearm laws. Trim said it is important for residents to understand how to properly use their firearms and equally important to know what their rights are.

According to Trim, students in the class will obtain hands-on experience with firearms. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn first-hand how to safely operate weapons.

Understanding both home defense and self defense techniques is just as important as understanding how to use firearms, according to Trim.

"Knowledge is power, "Trim said. "Without it, you're just out there guessing. You need to understand the basic body language of a threat."

Trim said he will teach class participants how to develop a self-defense mindset, which will allow them to understand that the best weapon they have is their minds, and the best course of action is not always the use of a firearm. Trim will help class participants learn how to assess different situations, teaching them what signs of possible danger to watch for.

"Action beats reaction every time," Trim said. "You always need to be one step ahead mentally than what the possible threat is to you."

According to Trim, the introduction class offers more than a typical hunter's safety course. Whereas a hunter's safety course does not teach a person how to prepare for a fight, how to stay aware of what is going on or how to develop self-defense techniques, the introduction to firearms and home defense class does teach each of these points. Therefore, Trim said his class would be a good precursor to the a hunter's safety class.

Trim has an extensive background in the use of firearms and self-defense techniques. After spending a total of three years on active duty in the United States Army and the National Guard, Trim worked in a large correctional facility in Missouri for three years. In addition, he spent some time working for a private security agency.

Trim has been with the Fort Scott Police Department for five years and has attended several advanced shooting schools. He has obtained an expert rating on handgun and rifle shooting. In addition, he is a certified instructor for both handguns and shotguns. He has attended basic SWAT school and is a certified user of sub-machine guns.

"Just about any weapons systems people might want to use, I've been trained on," Trim said.

According to Trim, he is also a certified Kansas concealed handgun instructor and has undergone numerous narcotics investigation schools in addition to intense interview and interrogation training.

Trim said teaching residents to be more proactive about their safety is very important to him.

"I want people to know that knowledge is power," he said. "I want them to know the risk they take when they carry guns in cars or purses. I want them to know the risk of what can happen in their homes and to know that there is power in knowing how to react to that threat. It is something I love to do. It is important."

According to Trim, although the training will be conducted at the Assembly of God, the church is not sponsoring the class and is not associated with the safety training. In addition, the city of Fort Scott and the Fort Scott Police Department are in no way associated with this training. It is a private endeavor by Trim.

For more information about the class or to pre-register, contact Trim at (620) 215-5288 or (620) 215-4853. Trim can also be contacted through e-mail at maktrim3@aol.com. Lunch will be provided for event participants.