Front Sight provides good training.
I am 72 years old. I sent six years in the Army and was trained as an infantryman and qualified as Special Forces and served in the 1st Group. I have worked as a correctional officer (SQ State Prison) and as a federal narcotics agent (predecessor agency of DEA). I have owned and shot guns since a teenager. I have attended a variety of weapons training, military, LE, and civilian, including at Gunsite, located not far from my current home. I also have attended gunsmithing classes and additionally have built 1911s under the direction of three well-known pistolsmiths. I feel that, while not a professional, I know a bit about weapons, shooting, and training. I have attended 13 Front Sight classes and have found the training to be excellent, consistent, safe, and essentially of the same content and principles taught by other training organizations, both government and civilian. Over the years, the facilities have improved and are very adequate for the purpose they serve.
I don't know Piazza (although I certainly receive enough E-mails from him), but he has built a pretty large, well put together, and very well run firearms training facility which regularly trains large numbers of people. His basic handgun course is organized to take someone, male of female, young or old, physically adept or handicapped, who never before has fired a handgun, and within two days have them prepared to safely handle and fire their weapon. The next two days of the four-day course has them finishing with basic skills better than many who think of themselves as gun people. I see it happen during every four-day course I take. The two-day skill builder courses skip all the lectures and basic safety and gun handling stuff and after a quick refresher of range protocol gets right into shooting.
I have seen some instructors over time and others apparently leave. Every instructor, new or old, however, knows the curriculum and follows the script to a T. No one can say continuity is lacking, although different range masters and different instructors insert their own personalities. The curriculum has adjusted in small ways over time, but remains basically Jeff Cooper. Experienced shooters are asked to try out the techniques thought correct by Front Sight, but are not forced into changing anything that is not unsafe on the range. For active military or LE people, FS now says for them to not change anything from agency policy or standard procedure, so as not to disrupt their required way of doing things. I don't shoot handguns exactly like FS teaches, but pretty much do shotguns. The instructors never hassle me as long as I am safe and am getting good hits. Being a range, safety is a big thing, of course, and they will insist on certain protocol, such as, not muzzling anyone, keeping the finger off the trigger until on target, and holstering slowly (for good reason, too, I might add). They work individually with anyone having problems of any kind.
Piazza may have his personal issues; he might have stiffed someone at some time; he might be associated in some with with Scientology; he apparently has been sued and he has sued others; I know nothing about any of this stuff other than what I have read. I don't care. The weapons training is good. The facility is as good as any, and way better than many others, maybe even most. The people I have met while training there have been good, productive, out-front, honest hard-working people of seemingly high moral and ethical character, the kind of people most of us see ourselves as being and the type we want as family, friends, neighbors, and associates. Lifetime memberships can be had for rather cheap prices if one is careful and selective and no one is forced to listen to any sales pitch of any kind while at FS for training. Sales pitches received by E-mail can be deleted and you even can get removed from the FS mailing list. The same with phone calls; you can opt out. I have no idea what will happen with FS over the next several years, but it is thriving now and appears to have an excellent chance of being there and still training over the next several years, at any rate. Picking up a lifetime membership for less than $1000 is a steal, as taking only the four-day handgun, shotgun, and rifle courses alone would be worth well over any reasonable amount you spent on a membership. Checked out the prices at any other of the well-known training facilities lately?
I am speaking here from personal and recent experience at FS, having taken 13 classes there, my last one this very month, December 2013. I will be going there as long as it remains open, continues to provided the level of training I have come to expect, and I remain on my feet.
I have taken the time to write this long-winded missive for one reason only, to counter those Internet Experts who jabber on about a place where they never have been or against which they have some grievance and nothing better to do other than continually bray to the world about it. I wonder what other training they ever have participated in. I wonder how many rounds they fire each year. I wonder how may guns they own and how well they maintain the ones they have, if any. I wonder many things about them and the validity of their opinions, but I question the validity of opinions offered by people who never have participated in that of which they opine. I finish by noting that nearly every person I have read on this forum or other locations who has attended FS training speaks well of the training they received, regardless of their level of previous experience. That says something to me.