Must post an 'after-class' report.......with pics! ;)
This is a discussion on US Training Center's Tactical Pistol within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I leave today for my first true class. I have 5 days of shooting ahead of me and a Glock, a 9mm Kimber and 3000rds ...
I leave today for my first true class. I have 5 days of shooting ahead of me and a Glock, a 9mm Kimber and 3000rds in the truck (If there is a fire I am running).
I hope to learn a lot and I will share my thoughts here.
Must post an 'after-class' report.......with pics! ;)
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No doubt. Take your camera...we want pics and a detailed report.
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May you have safe travel to and from. I will bet the Glock does not fail in the classes.
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Keep us posted, I wanted to take that calss this fall.
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I didn't post it on this site... Sorry
I took the Tactical Pistol 1 course June 7th-11th and would highly suggest this course to anyone that has not taken a course before. My class consisted of 5 people, 1 person had taken the basic pistol, the other 4 of us had never had a pistol course of this nature before. Our experience included 1 guy that had never fired a pistol before, a NYPD plain clothes officer, 1 year of shooting w/ a couple of IDPA events (Me), and two other average shooters like me.
There is not a good description of the course online so none of us knew what to expect, but it was well thought out and built nicely each day, as follows
The first day there was about 3 hours in the classroom reviewing information about the facility, 4 rules of gun safety, 7 fundamentals of marksmanship, Col Cooper’s color codes of readiness. Then at the range before lunch we did a few minutes on gear placement, covered range commands, and did couple sight picture drills. After lunch we worked though the fundamentals.
Thursday was the night shoot (until 10pm)and we did most of it in the shoot house and Friday afternoon was the Rogers range. The rest of the week we worked through all of the following and more.
- Open Carry
- Concealed Carry
- Open Carry – SHO
- Concealed Carry – SHO
- Two Hand
- One Hand Only
- High ready
- Low Ready
- Entry Ready
- High Port
- Rollover Prone
- Side to Side
- Emergency (Slide Lock)
- Strong Hand Only
- Support hand only
Shooting Multiple Targets
- Selecting target
- Transitioning between targets
Shooting a Moving Target
- Movement to Cover
- Soft Malfunction
- Hard Malfunction
- Modified FBI
- Neck Index
I am a voracious reader on topics that interest me and very little was completely new, in fact Magpul's "Art of the Dynamic Handgun" covers > 80% of the material that was verbally taught (although there are differences of opinion). The advantage of this course is in the interaction with the instructors (being able to discuss the advantages of one technique over another), the drills, learning your gear, and tips that aren't covered in the "lecture" portion.
My biggest learnings were:
- How reliable a Glock is (2500rds in 5 days no cleaning and no stopages)
- How to avoid common training scars
- How bad a sight picture can really be to get an 8" group
- Most Glocks shoot left, it wasn't me
- Rolling my elbow out just a hair helps me manage recoil
- My light is too bright for me in most applications with a gun
- A good concealment holster (MTAC or VM2) cost me about .3 secs on the draw due to my ability to get a good grip
- I ride an extended slide stop and shouldn't put on on my gun
- I need to be more focused when I go to the range and "Train" rather than "Shoot"
- New drills to work on specific skills
I highly recommend everyone seek additional training and believe that this course should be considered for even a VERY new shooter.
Could you elaborate on "how to avoid common training scars"....
Speaking with the instructor. Over the course of the week myself and 1 other student had to move our sights. Both instructors had their sights drifted right and the rented range gun did as well. The instructor shot my gun before I moved the sights and and shot a nice tight group in the middle of my pattern about 2in left of COM at 15 yrds. That confirmed it for my gun at least.
A couple of common stories you hear about this is...
1) The police that find empty brass in their pockets after a gunfight because they were conditioned to pick it up.
2) The soldier that is a paraplegic because after a standard response he did his speed reload low rather than keeping his eyes up and being shot by the guy he just "Killed"
3) My favorite, the guy that practiced handgun disarms constantly, when he actually needed to do it he artfully took the gun away, pointed it at the bad guy and then handed it back to him.