June 20th, 2007 02:01 PM
Trying to figure out where to go for some good training and I thought who better to ask then you all.
Hoping to get the trip setup sometime around my birthday in Aug. Was wondering where everyone would suggest. I have never had any professional training. I would like to take classes from several different scools over the next couple of years.
I am hoping that when I am asked for my birthday what do I want I can say I am going on a trip to "xyz" and could use a plane ticket or a hotel room or something like this.
Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
As a side note I am located in Ky and I am willing to travel for good training.
Tried doing a search fo recommended traing schools but came up sort of empty handed.
June 20th, 2007 02:37 PM
Gunsite, Thunder Ranch and Valhalla are the three I am considering.
A search here on any of those keywords should result in some useful information, I had a thread or two about it where Rob Pincus of Valhalla was very helpful, there's also a few blogs from people who have attended.
The best way to know which is best for you is do all three.
Sixto (member here) also recommends one near Kentucky in Ohio, I forget the place...
June 20th, 2007 02:48 PM
look into www.PFCtraining.com not a big school . The instructors are at the TOP of there game. I've been training with them for about 2 years and really enjoy it and learn alot everytime i go out.
They also have a forum www.pfcroundtable.com
"All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing."
June 20th, 2007 02:48 PM
I've got a fairly detailed account of my Gunsite experience posted here. The link is in my sig line. Seems to be a good read from all the responses. haha
If ya don't feel like reading, then here's my opinion: Gunsite is amazing. Flat out.
The Gunsite Blog
ITFT / Quick Kill Review
"It is enough to note, as we have observed, that the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon." - Justice Scalia, SCOTUS - DC v Heller - 26 JUN 2008
June 20th, 2007 02:50 PM
If you want something that might be within driving distance RangeMaster (http://www.rangemaster.com/) in Memphis does a good job. It’s a smaller school, but I was favorable impressed when I was there a couple of years ago.
Other schools you may want to check out are:
Thunder Ranch (http://www.thunderranchinc.com/)
Some of the nationally known trainers also take their shows on the road. You may want to check out:
Gabe Suarez (http://www.suarezinternational.com/)
John Farnam (http://www.defense-training.com/)
I’ve been to Gunsite and taken classes from Gabe Suarez, and can recommend both of them. Other than RangeMaster, I don’t have personal knowledge of the others, but know of them by reputation.
This is not an all-inclusive list. There are other good schools and trainers out there, but I though this might give you a starting point for your search.
"A gentleman will seldom, if ever, need a pistol. However, if he does, he needs it very badly!" -- Sir Winston Churchill
"He who goes unarmed in paradise had better be sure that is where he is." -- James Thurber
June 20th, 2007 02:51 PM
You might also want to look at TDI in Ohio. They are listed as a recommended school on the Thunder Ranch page.
June 20th, 2007 03:59 PM
Thanks for the help so far. Will have to start going to each ones site and finding out what I can.
June 20th, 2007 05:59 PM
Also check out Pat Goodale at Practical Firearms Training near Alderson, WV Web Site: www.pgpft.com.
By the way, Gabe Suarez travels to various locations to teach. You might want to check him out to see if he will be in KY.
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
June 21st, 2007 09:05 AM
Here are some very good but lesser known schools:
Defensive Training Concepts (Randy)
Borelli Consulting (Frank)
Midwest Training Group (Bob)
Tactical Response (James)
Practical Firearms Training (Pat)
Perroni's Tactical Training Academy (Tom, Brad, Greg,)
Combat Solutions (Eric)
I hope this helps!
Stay Safe & Shoot Straight!
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