Setting Up For My Next Class

Setting Up For My Next Class

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    Setting Up For My Next Class

    It has been a couple years since I've attended a class at Tactical Defense Institute. I last took the FIST class about four years ago. I've decided to attend again next month. Here is what FIST looks like: https://www.tdiohio.com/f-i-s-t/

    I'm changing up my gear a bit for this one. I normally take a couple 9mm "fighting guns" when I do a high round count class, but this time, I'm taking a different one, my .45 Shield. I carry it frequently. I want to see how it does. I'm getting it ready to go.

    Going to need some extra mags. These arrived today:

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    Here is what the gun looked like masked to mold a holster:

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    Everything ready to go:

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    Wow 800 rounds that will be a nice workout
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    Will you post an AAR? Pretty please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flh View Post
    Wow 800 rounds that will be a nice workout
    I usually run through the anticipated round counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tstone View Post
    Will you post an AAR? Pretty please?
    Will do.
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    Have fun, Im sure you will.
    Look forward to hearing your follow up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    It has been a couple years since I've attended a class at Tactical Defense Institute. I last took the FIST class about four years ago. I've decided to attend again next month. Here is what FIST looks like: https://www.tdiohio.com/f-i-s-t/

    I'm changing up my gear a bit for this one. I normally take a couple 9mm "fighting guns" when I do a high round count class, but this time, I'm taking a different one, my .45 Shield. I carry it frequently. I want to see how it does. I'm getting it ready to go.

    Going to need some extra mags. These arrived today:

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    Here is what the gun looked like masked to mold a holster:

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    Everything ready to go:

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    I would stick with the "fighting guns"...They have to work better than normal handguns.
    More intimidating also.
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    Good luck in your class, Mike1956. I hope you came away refreshed and with some good new skills.
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    I like that holster, nice job.
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    What will you be using for ammo?

    I like my .45 Shield but I find 230 gr ball and defensive ammo are a bit harsh on the hand, and tend to torque the gun. I plan to try some 185s but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I'm not particularly recoil sensitive and there are more .45s here than 9mms, but the thin Shield grip and full-power ball ammo is like shooting +Ps in my 16-ounce .38 Snub. After a box or two of ammo, I'm ready to "relax" with some Skeeter loads in the .44 Special...
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    @Mike1956 looking forward to your thoughts on the .45 Shield after the class. I have never participated in a multi-day high round count tactical class with anything but a service type weapon, and the only single stacks were 1911s years upon years ago before the double stacks took over service organizations. I am wondering like @gasmitty what your experience will be. Good luck and have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    What will you be using for ammo?

    I like my .45 Shield but I find 230 gr ball and defensive ammo are a bit harsh on the hand, and tend to torque the gun. I plan to try some 185s but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I'm not particularly recoil sensitive and there are more .45s here than 9mms, but the thin Shield grip and full-power ball ammo is like shooting +Ps in my 16-ounce .38 Snub. After a box or two of ammo, I'm ready to "relax" with some Skeeter loads in the .44 Special...
    I'll be running 185 grain Remington UMC ball throughout the course. I've always had good results with that brand. I have taken some of the aggressiveness out of the grip stippling. That helped quite a bit with recoil-induced chafing. If the recoil becomes problematic, I'll switch over to one of my nines. I took the snubby course at TDI with my 940 j-frame a couple years ago, and while the recoil was robust, I was able to run 875 rounds through it in two days without issue. I'll see how it goes with the Shield.
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    Good idea Im bringing second gun. Never had an issue with the primary I was shooting, but ya never know.

    And I always bring a few hundred rounds of extra amo. Might get the chance to burn it up.


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    Have a great time Mike! Looking forward to your assessment after the class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Struckat View Post
    I like that holster, nice job.
    Thanks. It is a design I have been going with for several years.
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