At work with Alison: Defense in Depth
This week, Alison Kaiser went to check out Defense in Depth: a new gun range in Morgantown.
At 20,000 square feet, Defense in Depth is the largest indoor shooting facility in the state.
"We're really one of a kind and we're very proud of our staff and our facilities," said Nick DeMedici, the general manager and director of training. Medici has a lifelong knowledge of firearms; most of his training comes from the years he spent working in law enforcement.
Guests can shoot in the state-of-the-art range or the simulator, where they can play games or participate in active shooter training.
"We teach everyone; from people who have never seen a handgun, all the way up to the most tactical and advanced course," DeMedici said.
At DID, safety is the number one priority. Guests are required to watch a short training video and fill out a waiver before they can even set foot in the gun range.
"Firearms are a tool and they come with a great responsibility," said DeMedici.
The first lesson of self-defense training is to always be aware of your surroundings.
"Situational awareness is important. The best way to get out of a bad situation is not to get in one in the first place," he said.
But, if a bad situation is unavoidable, "That is a complex situation that has a lot of moving parts," he said.
Proper training ensures that licensed and legal gun owners will feel confident if they ever in a situation where they would need to take a life-saving shot.
"We want to make sure that everybody is educated and has the best knowledge they can have when it comes to defending themselves."