Front Sight: 4 Day Handgun Course Review (Lots of info)

Front Sight: 4 Day Handgun Course Review (Lots of info)

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    Let me first state that this will be a lengthy review about Front Sights 4-Day Defensive Handgun course I took during the May 16th weekend.

    First, the outline of the 4 days:

    Day 1:
    8am sign in, classroom from 8:15 to 9:30ish (basically watching the Front Sight video they send you in the mail), 9:30 first range time till lunch which is around 12:45. Range goes over range commands and safety, trigger control and sight picture, proper loading mags and unloading and how to verify your chamber is empty or loaded. You will also go over the three malfunction clearing procedures (for failure to fire, stove pipe, double feed). Then back to classroom for more lecture time and followed up with another 2 hours of range time.

    Day 2:
    8am range till lunch. At lunch you have the enjoyable video of the Front Sight First family membership. After the video you will have about a 2 hour lecture and back to the range. Range will cover drawing from open carried holster (OWB or IWB), reholstering and different types of mag reloads (speed reload, tactical reload).

    This is where your 2 day students will leave for their course certificates in lecture hall. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU IF YOU CAN TO STICK AROUND FOR THE OPTIONAL 5:45 LECTURE ABOUT CHOOSING TACTICAL SHOTGUNS, TACTICAL RIFLES, AND PRECISION RIFLES. While I knew the information being covered the guy who does the lecture is very informative, allows Q&A, and cracks jokes the whole time. Only about 30 people showed for this lecture, so you can ask away about any questions you have. He covered caliber types, good loads for home defense, and everyone's favorite weapon accessories.

    Day 3:
    8am lecture about tactical movement down hallways, working corners (slicing the pie), opening doors, etc. You will then head to the range practice everything you have done the past two days. Groups will then head down to practice opening doors with red guns and you will also to a live fire scenario in a small outdoor shoot house. (This was a lot of fun but only has 3 targets to shoot, so it ends within a minute or so.) At lunch their is a lecture about good defensive handguns, this whole lecture is based on guns the instructors have seen come through the course with out failing, basically you will hear 1911 and Glock over an over again with some XD thrown in. Now for the 1911 they will talk about loose fitting parts being more tolerant to the desert weather. We 1911 owners are already aware you need to keep your tight fitted guns well oiled or they become picky. This is pretty much what they cover and state stock guns are better than anything else because all your modifications that are not from the manufacture make the gun failure prone (with the exception of Wilson mags and some Chip's for 1911s because all others are worthless). You will then sit around for 3 hours at 5pm while you wait for the sun to go down. They will cover the Harries flashlight technique and you will then have an hour range time shooting with a light. (the Harries technique is the flashlight hand comes underneath your strong hand and the back of your wrists lock together.)

    Day 4:
    8am till lunch is range time. Here we practice for your final test (which is the test instructors must also pass). You will also have a fun steel target competition with others in your group; winner goes on to see who does the "best in your group." (I will go into more detail about this later.) At lunch you will have a Q&A lecture to ask any questions you want. You can also sign up for your lifetime membership if you so wish. Range time after with some more practice for the final test. Around 4ish you will start your test.

    During your range time the first 2 days are stationary targets, come day three they have a remote to make them rotate towards or away from you. They use this instead of tell you verbally to fire. For your test you have a choice if you want a stationary target or rotating. If you choose stationary you are limited to what certificate you are allowed. Which I believe is just the basic "I survived Front Sight" type deal.

    The test:
    25 shots, then you will be tested on different reloads and all 3 malfunction drills. You will do each reload and drill two times, you can not earn points for doing them correctly but you can lose points. Each shot is worth 5 points, their is a designated shot area on your target that you have been trained to shoot at as well as a head area. You start with 125 points and they mark you down for misses. Hit within this box and you earn full 5 points/ lose nothing, hit the target body out side the box and you lose 3 points, miss the body and hit the white area you lose 5. Same deal when required to do follow up shots to the head. The targets are timed to turn towards you and then away within I think about 3-4 seconds or so. If you are slow off the draw you will have very little time to fire your two shots. Some of the head shots are untimed and some will be timed to rotate away. They will tell you which ones you are doing.

    So if I remember correctly,
    -3 yards, draw from concealment shoot controlled pair
    -5 yards, shoot from at the ready (already drawn) controlled pair, then again
    -7 yards, draw from concealment shoot controlled pair, then again controlled pair and I believe their were 2 untimed failure to stop head shots.
    -10 yards, draw from concealment shoot controlled pair, then again
    -15 yards, draw from concealment shoot controlled pair
    -5 yards, timed head shots, I think it was 2 total.
    -7 yards, timed head shots, I think this time it was 3.
    (and I am missing 2 shots somewhere, but I can't remember.)
    After this you then do your reloads and malfunction drills these are timed with a CED 7000 timer, you lose 3 points if you do not make the time. The highest certificate is Distinguished Graduate which if I remember is 112 points or higher. You need 60 points or higher to earn the basic certificate. Those who earn Distinguished are given their certificates in the lecture hall in front of those who stay for the closing ceremony/ thank you speeches.

    Now that I covered everything I did I will give you a full review from my OPINION of my 4 day course.

    First the GOOD:

    -The instructors know what they are talking about, they are there to teach you and keep you safe. They will pull you off the line if they feel you are dehydrated or are unsafe with the firearm. If you are unsafe they will give you a "red gun" to do all the drills with until further notice. I did not see anyone in our group use one however, they did warn a few people about fingers on the trigger when reloading or checking your chamber.

    -The night shoot is very helpful, honestly how often do you shoot in pitch black with just a flash light.

    -Range time is very good, you will have about 40 people in your group, on day 1 they will ask 20 people to stand on the line who feel they are great shooters, the remaining will stand behind a person on the line and they will be your partner. For those who are shooting with friends or family, this is when you would feel you need to have one jump on the line and your buddy stand behind you. Problem is, on day two we changed partners, by cycling five people down. I ended up staying the same line as my father and we were able to shoot next to each other. A quick word, be honest with your self when they ask if you think you are a great shooter. A good portion of the guys on line 1 were no where close to as good as I believe they think they were (did that make sense?) I shot on line 2, it does not matter which line you are on, you shoot the same thing. I feel I am a good shooter, but no need to blow my ego by jumping on the first line to show off. Now, with your partner when line 1 is shooting, line 2 are coaching them and vice versa. You watch to make sure they do the drill right, stay safe and do not muzzle themselves or anyone else. The instructors will walk around and help those in need as well. For the first 2 days we were on a cold range. You loaded when on the line and unloaded before stepping off. On day three we moved to a hot range, however you are not allowed to leave the range with a loaded chamber. If you needed to use the bathroom then you have an instructor unload you before leaving.

    -Bring at least 3 if not 4 magazines for you double stack guys. Keep them all loaded and carry them on you. I brought 4 comp-tac mag carriers and kept 4 of my glock 22 mags loaded and on me. For you 1911/ other single stack guys, 10 round mags if you can, and bring 5 of them or more if you can. Bringing 2, 8 round mags will have you dry firing during live fire drills till your line is cleared. To remedy this, I HIGHLY suggest a mag loader; I love my UpLULA mag loader. Any of them will do, stick that in your pocket and stash 15-20 rounds loosely in your pocket. This way you can reload a mag if you happen to run dry. You will only be allowed to leave to reload during a live fire drill if you are coaching, like I said, once on the line you can not leave until the instructors allow you to.

    -They are sticklers for drinking water and Gatorade. They will have a few sports jugs filled with water at all times as well as Gatorade powder. For food, there is no on site eating place. You must either bring your own or order from Beach Cafe (Beach Cafe : Home ). My father and I ordered boxed lunches from Beach Cafe for each day and ordered an extra sandwich for dinner with the night shoot . Their sandwiches are very good and they give you quite a filling meal. They are $12.95, when you order online there is a drop down menu to select which day you are ordering for. When you come in for lunch they will have all the boxed lunches set up with names on them to pick yours up. I am also aware that Saddle West will make you boxed lunches for $10 if you are staying their as well.

    -Pahrump (about an hour drive from Las Vegas)
    This town is basically built for you to come flush your money down the toilet. Casinos, bars, strip clubs is about all you see, all the normal stores shut down at 7pm. They actually have some food places to eat at for dinner besides McDs, Burger King etc. Their is a small bar/burger joint behind Best Western, it is on the corner of the mini strip mall. They close at 8pm but have good burgers. I can not remember what they are called but it is NOT the Lounge which is right beside the car wash. ( I know this sounds confusing but if you stay at the Best Western you will see a car wash attached to the parking lot behind the building, if you drive up the road beside this you will see a strip mall type deal on your right and an RV lodging on your left.)

    -Hotels. I stayed at the Best Western, which about 50% of the other guests were also Front Sight people. Saddle West is also an option both of which should give you a room discount if you tell them you are their for Front Sight. From these two hotels you are about a 20 minute drive from Front Sight. It is all high way driving and you can not get lost.

    -Rental Car
    Get what ever you want, all the roads are paved and the Front Sight parking lot is hard packed dirt, no 4WD needed.

    Now for the juicy part.....

    -The BAD
    -You think you can eat out side and not have to watch the boring Front Sight videos about being a member and their Tree of Freedom as they call it. Honestly, look at it again and you will see it is a giant Pyramid scheme of Freedom. You join, we give you class stuff to bring another member so they join and you get bonuses for it. And we all make off in the deal. Sadly, I think they could better market their company. If you want to eat outside good luck, when it is 100 degrees out and you have been outside for the better part of 4.5 hours, you will not want to sit outside. I suggest eating, taking a nap and awaking when the actual lecture starts.

    -They will tell you how all these condos, hotels, welcome center and other items are on their way. But yet you wonder how come in the past 8 years not even one of these things has appeared. During the Q&A someone brought up the Pahrump newspaper article about their assets being seized. They said the same thing as previously posted, we are operating at full capacity as normal. But they are still in Phase 1 of building, phase 2 which is condos will be done in a record 54 months.

    -Day 1, basically if you are on this website you already know everything they cover, both in lecture and range. Day 2 is when you get into heavy shooting, you can start learning new stuff here, but lecture is nothing a CCW carrier should not already know. Most of the tactical information you learn is very very very basic. This is designed so you come back next month to take that particular tactical movement class.

    For the love of all things Holy, DO NOT buy ammo from Front Sight. 40 S&W was $38 for a box of 50. The .45 guys were paying $42, almost a dollar per round. Buy ammo from home and ship it to your hotel or one of the gun stores, OR buy ammo in Vegas or Pahrump. You need to call around to the stores, some will charge $30 a box, I found a few stores who were reasonable with $23 per box. You do not want to pay almost $160 for 4 boxes of ammo. You will shoot close to 800-900 rounds. Remember you can fly with 11lbs of ammo as well.

    (now, this may be different for others but this is how my instructors handled this)
    -You are taught to shoot a modified Weaver, with thumbs crossing each other by having support thumb on top of strong thumb. If you do not shoot weaver, they will tell you "just try our way, if it does not work shoot your way." WHICH IS A LOAD OF BS, what they really mean is shoot our way the whole time and then go back to your way once you fly home. I shoot what I consider a modified isosceles, by modified I mean instead of squaring up my legs I have a bit of an angle with strong side leg to the rear (sort of like a weaver). Now, I tried their weaver stance and grip for the first day and shot like crap. I have never liked the weaver stance since it was first taught to me a few years ago. So I reverted back to my stance with thumbs in a line (todd jarett video if you need reference). This caught me flack from every direction, even though they said they would not care. Lots of, it is the wrong way and not our way the "best way." (subjective is the word you will find used in your vocab while attending) On day 3 they finally backed off and would make jokes asking if I wanted grip or stance help. Which is fine in my book, you shoot your way and I will shoot mine. Now, if I was completely unsafe then by all means pound me to the ground to shoot your way. On day 4 they finally stopped their bickering and for good reason (more to come later)

    They stick to the, "we tried every way and this is the best way." If you trained with a flash light using the lanyard they will tell you it is wrong and will overly exaggerate how it can be wrapped up on your slide. If you do not use their 5 step drawing process they will ATTEMPT to show you how you are slower. (makes for a good laugh)

    -This brings me to: If you shoot IDPA and use a weaver stance AND do everything their way NO PROBLEMS. If you shoot IPSC, Steel, or IDPA, train for it constantly, shoot in isosceles stance, can tactical reload/ speed reload with your eyes closed in quick time then you will be as pissed off as I was. I caught crap all day about how competitive shooting does nothing good for you, it's not like being on the streets, and this and that. I blew it off, now there were a couple other older guys, by older I mean 40's and up who either shot IDPA or used to, shot weaver and did not catch crap. Now, to paint this picture, I am 23, instructors had at least 8 years each on me. I am sure they gave me more crap because they figured I was trying to be a "hot shot", do my own thing type deal. But remember, I am shooting on Line 2 because I felt I can learn a great deal from them, at least that's what I figured from reading all the reviews on line from previous students. To give you more detail, I have never even shot IDPA, IPSC or Steel at a range. All I have done is shot my own paper target courses on our property, sure I have wanted to shoot IDPA/IPSC, I just have never had the time from work to make it out to a shoot. So I practice on my own MOSTLY because I have my CCW.

    So back to Front Sight, on Day 4 we had a steel target competition. 2 shooters side by side, you have a silhouette target around 10 yards with a flag over the shoulder. Flag is the target, make it rotate to the other side, silhouette is the hostage. Hit the hostage and you lose no matter what. After you flip the flag you have a 15-17 yard silhouette target on the right/outside to drop, then another 15-17 yard silhouette target on the left/ inside to drop. Winner moves on, hit the hostage and the other guy wins unless they hit the hostage as well. Sure enough, my turn comes. Buzzer sounds, draw, shoot the flag, no spin, shoot again, no spin, shoot again it flips. Hit outside silhouette, it drops, hit inside silhouette it drops, meanwhile my competitor is still trying to shoot the flag. I took all of maybe 7-8 seconds to shoot the course, your feet do not move, just need different front sight pictures. My first three shots were each about a second apart, honestly, I was amazed I shot so fast and accurately. Smooth is fast, and it came out pretty. Other guy finishes, we unload and turn around to face everyone. Instructor says since I do competitive shooting I am disqualified, because this is to train for real life and is not a game. (That makes a lot of sense doesn't it? Because I train to be proficient in firearms I am disqualified.) Then receive some more IDPA/IPSC bashing. Apparently, if they were in a gun fight, they would prefer the guy who muzzles his hand every time he reholsters and hits the no shoot targets, or maybe I am still angry about the whole ordeal.

    Image for understanding how the competition is set up.


    There were 428 people attending Front Sight that weekend, I know this because Front Sight spammed my email box about it and telling me how my time is running out for the 2 for 1 membership deal.

    My last laugh: Myself and 6 others out of the 428 earned Distinguished Graduate. I lost points on the 15 yard shots as I was just outside the hit box but still had solid hits on the silhouette. Yes, I qualified as an instructor.

    Would I take a course at Front Sight again. Yes, but under 1 circumstance. I would do it for free again. Both my father and my courses were free from the online deal a few years back for hosting Front Sight information online. Would I pay full price for the course? heck no. Those $200 certificates are perfectly fine in my book. But I will not be going back to Front Sight, there are plenty of other reasonably priced training grounds to attend.

    If you have any questions I will freely answer them. :)
    Last edited by Harold Fastwaker; May 28th, 2009 at 06:30 PM.

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    Very interesting and thorough! You see so much about front sight and just wonder what really goes on. A couple of us have thought about going out there when it was first on tv a few years ago, but honestly to go across country for shooting just didnt seem feasible. Blackwater is about 4 hrs drive south of us and would make more sense to do something like that. I thank you for the info and glad you kicked there behinds!!!

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    Great job and great post. Thanks for the info!
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    Really appreciate the write-up!
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    Thanks Harold.....
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    You are very welcome.

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    Excellent post, and unfortunately it’s what I’ve heard from other attendees. I think I would prefer a one-on-five with an expert here in Arizona.
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    Makes me want to visit Thunder Ranch instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czampion View Post
    Makes me want to visit Thunder Ranch instead.
    I did the FS thing and I learned a few things. I'd love to go to Thunder Ranch but it's too expensive for me. I had a lifetime member take me and I only paid $50 (for background check) so I took the opportunity. There are certificates out there making FS a cheaper way to get some training while enjoying Las Vegas.

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    Thanks for the post, my wife and I are talking about going to FS next spring.

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    Let me set something straight since I have had messages from other forums as well pertaining to claims that I am a rep for another training school.

    I work as a marketing rep for a city event company. My company in no way deals with firearms or training, let alone even likes them.

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    If you needed to use the bathroom then you have an instructor unload you before leaving.

    And you classify that under 'the good'?

    Seriously, nice writeup. Thanks.

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    I just got back from the same process but have a slightly different take on the events from my personal experience. It sounds like you have had a lot of experience elsewhere and you had challenges as a result. You lay out the 4 days pretty well and as anyone can see it is a very busy 4 days. The Beach Cafe food was awesome and they supplied more than enough including the snack. We stayed at Saddle West but did not worry about any extra curricular activities as there was only time to eat, get ready for the next day, and sleep. If you were going to Pahrump for entertainment you would be disappointed for sure. The food at the buffet in the Saddle West and the Nugget was decent. The steak house in the Nugget was ok (pricey), and we never ate at Terrible's so I cannot comment.

    As to your "bad" stuff.

    Regardless of your training school their sole purpose as a business is to continue to exist. That means selling something. I had already watched the video at home so the two day 90 minute run did not affect me much. I ate, talked with my son and rested in the A/C. I never found the presentation of the moderator to be anywhere near over the top. The video expressed the long term vision of a planned community. I like many have some question about what is going on in the background, but the training facilities (pistol, rifle, tactical house, tunnel, climbing and rappel towers, etc., that I saw cost millions and the payroll takes a large chunk of money as it does in any business. I felt that my instructors were on spot, cared for each of us, and were very uplifting. I never experienced or saw any degrading at all. On the contrary, I saw people having physical difficulties and the instructors helped them to be able to shoot around those difficulties. I also had one young guy in our group who was way too intense and much too hard on himself. It wasn't the training or the instructors, it was how he was wired!

    Keep in mind that this was a defensive hand gun course. The modified Weaver stance has the primary purposes of reducing your silhouette and placing your feet in more of an athletic stance for the event of having to move. It may not work in some shooting competitions but this course was not intended on preparing you for shooting competitions. One young military guy was having problems adjusting to the weaver stance as it would expose him to vulnerabilities while wearing body armor. I felt for him in a way, but guess what, I nor most of my class mates wear body armor. So, back to the focus of the class, it was for defensive hand gun purposes and I think that it did a good job. Is it the only way to shoot? Absolutely not. Is it the best way to shoot and have your feet set to move? You bet!

    The interactive competition was meant to be a change in routine and fun. I don't know who you had as instructors, but mine were totally different than what you described. No criticism, no disqualification for anything other than hitting the hostage or being the last to finish. And, they would stop you the instant that you covered the muzzle or did anything that was unsafe. I won round one, was winning round two until I got excited and lost my sight picture!! But, in every event, I never shot the hostage and that made me feel pretty good. It was an informative and fun time and did not count toward any certificates. It was a good change of pace and a different process from standing and shooting paper targets.

    Ammo, definitely bring as much of your own as possible. I flew Southwest Airlines who allows up to 11 pounds of ammo carried inside your luggage in the factory boxes. My son and I split the load and I bought some more in Vegas (still too expensive) and had some left over. Their prices are high, but I have seen higher on the internet. They have the same issues on getting ammo that we do, and they may be paying more for it especially if they have to expedite the shipping. And to no surprise, the Pro Shop is set up as a money maker as any Pro Shop is regardless of the sport!

    I don't know you from Adams house cat, but your age tells me some things. I have a son who is 27 and a son who is 21(he did the 4 day practical rifle). I also passed through that age span to get to the ripe old age of 49. Some of the instructors were fairly young themselves and if you presented your objections in a terse or threatening (in their mind) manner, then they would bow up just as you did. (testosterone is amazing!) From what you wrote you fought openly regarding the stance and they had the obligation to not loose the rest of the class due to your objections. Then it became a challenge to both of you. If you still fought, they would not back down. This was unfortunate I think for all parties concerned. In spite of this you got distinguished graduate (we only had 3 and I wasn't one of them) and that means that you did some good shooting! Congratulations!!!

    As to the training, I think that what is was designed to do it really accomplishes a lot. I was a significantly better shot when I left than when I arrived. I can now draw and be in defensive mode (position 3) much quicker than I was drawing before.(My personal draw was a mess) I experienced malfunction training that I never had before and hope that I never have to use. But, semi-autos can be moody and you never know. The interactive house drill gave me a glimpse of quickly discerning the targets for good versus bad guys and was really cool. I can say that I accomplished a great deal over the 4 days.

    I would definitely go back to continue my skills. I don't pay attention to the marketing stuff. However, there were some 600 people there when the 2 and 4 day classes were running and we dropped to about 400 for the 4 day only process. I do not know of any other school that can come close to positively affecting the shooting of that many people. As such, I hope that the extracurricular stuff that is going on can be resolved with FS intact as it is a valuable tool for training and protecting the 2A rights. It is the perfect place to dispel the myths of the liberal left regarding guns.

    Keep up your good shooting and diligence. You are the next generation whom we have to count on to train those who follow you. Thank you for your interest and zeal, and stay safe.


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    I also attended the Front Sight school the week of June 5. I believe what you get out of any school depends on ones objectives. For me I had the following objectives:

    1. Have a good time (i.e enjoy myself)

    2. See if I really could learn to like a Glock 20c after 40+ years of shooting a 1911.

    3. Polish the tarnish and rust off after not shooting handguns for the past 15 years.

    4. Offer to host a friend to a course as he did not understand about what he did not know about handguns.

    Back in the 1980's I was an active IPSC shooter, shot 3 gun matches and the Steel Challenge....what some would consider an experienced shooter....but times and priorities change, so the guns just sat in the safe.

    I did purchase a membership ( prior to going to class), just to encourage myself to go back and keep in practice. I will return in Sept for the 4 day shotgun course and edge weapons course.

    The instructors I found to be excellent. Maybe because I was one of the few they ever see shooting a 10mm, they pushed me a bit, which resulted in my regaining some of the old skills that I used to have.

    With the broad spectrum of students that might end up in a class, to be sure the 1st day was pretty boring, (but necessary). I just set a bit higher goals for myself than they asked for. Also being an instructor myself (aircraft), it was satisfying to help the person I was coaching improve....(My buddy still ended up being a clutz, cut his trigger finger doing a clearing drill, and dropped out....oh well ).

    Can these basic classes be structured for the "experienced" shooter, probably not a good idea, as observations over the 4 days will tend to uncover bad habits. You cannot get into the advanced classes until you shoot distinguished. So to challenge you, and push the envelope, you will have to pay your dues.

    Will Front Sight survive....I hope so, as there voice is dearly needed in the environment we have today.

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    I guess I will chime in with my positive experiences with Front Sight. I attended the 4-day defensive handgun class last year and not only enjoyed it but improved significantly (wasn't hard to do since I was fairly green). That class put me over the hump to where I became comfortable with concealed carry. I can definitely see where it would be a struggle for experienced shooters since they do insist you try it their way, at least for the first day or so. The instructors get noticeably more flexible as the class goes on and they get more comfortable with everyone's ability.

    Last April I talked my wife into attending the 2-day handgun class and I took the 4-day rifle class. Her experience as a complete novice was positive enough that immediately after her second day, she said "I want to do this again". That was all I needed to purchase the 2 for 1 membership and my wife and I are planning to both attend another 4-day handgun class this fall. We have talked a couple of our very liberal friends into attending as well and I think it will be an eye opening experience for them (not counting on them tuning into gun nuts though).

    We did receive most of the gun package after about 2 months - still waiting on the holster and mag carrier which they said were backordered.

    The instruction is top notch but does have to cater somewhat to the less experienced people. However, in my handgun class they did separate a few slow learners and people who couldn't keep their fingers off the triggers and had them dry practicing with their own dedicated instructor until they were deemed worthy to rejoin the group.

    The fact that Front Sight is very active in promoting our second ammendment rights helps to counter the reported business issues which are very difficult to determine the actual facts for. Also, they do 3 to 4 defensive handgun classes a month, each of which have over 400 students. I, for one, am very thankful for the training of those 1000+ every month which not only make me safer but also helps to protect our rights by educating the carrying public. It also gives me the opportunity to continue to improve on my skills as well as get my wife to a point where she can defend herself or back me up.
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