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anybody ever take any of the classes that Front Site offers? they are in AZ.
 

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Are you thinking of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, located in Nevada?
 

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Front Sight is located in the desert between Las Vegas and Pahrump Nevada.
 

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dont know why i put AZ. but yes the one in Nevada.
 

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dont know why i put AZ. but yes the one in Nevada.
An honest mistake on your part. :bier:

Front Sight offers excellent training at a state-of-the-art facility.

Gunsite Training Center near Paulden, Arizona is also quite good.

You can't go wrong at either place.

Check out the course offerings by both facilities and compare prices, then pick the one you get the best feeling about.

I have little doubt you'll be completely satisfied, regardless of which one you select.
 

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I have been through the 4 day defensive handgun and the 30 state CCW course. The people and the training are both excellent. It is out in the boonies to say the least and with it being in the desert, go prepared for the appropriate weather. I was there in early June and what should have been a scorcher actually turned out quite cool on the first day and decent on the other days. The wind always blew which caused challenges to concealment shooting which is the last couple of days including the test. If I can garner enough money to make the trip from NC I would do it again without hesitation. Just make sure to purchase your own ammunition and take it with you. The FS pro shop is just like any other pro shop, it is set up as a money maker.

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Do not pay retail thru Front Sight for your first course ... make sure you buy one of the 4 day class certificates for around $200 off of Ebay.
 

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Do not pay retail thru Front Sight for your first course ... make sure you buy one of the 4 day class certificates for around $200 off of Ebay.
Better yet, if you and a friend sign up together for the same class, you both save 25%. Which means you would save 500.00 EACH on a four day course.
 

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I have been to both the 4 day defensive handgun class and the 4 day practical rifle class and enjoyed them so much I became a lifetime member. You will have to endure a pitch to become a member but it is only for an hour during lunch on one of the days. They have a deal where you can get 2 lifetime memberships for $4900 and a free gun kit (includes an XD, holster, Surefire flashlight, knife, and other gear) probably worth close to a grand.

E-bay usually has certificates for $100 (sometimes even less) but the catch is that you can only do that once. To attend a second class, you either need to pay through the nose for the class or join as a lifetime member. There are a few certificates available for repeat users but even those are $400-$500. The first time certificates are available because the lifetime membership includes 4 of them that you can sell or give to friends. Kind of an interesting marketing approach (worked on me anyway).

The instruction is excellent and I can highly recommend it. Be prepared for pretty intense 10-hour days (12 hours the day that includes a night shoot).

I am planning to repeat the 4 day defensive handgun class with my wife in October.
 

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thanks for all the input guys i would really like to take the 4 day handgun class. i will have to count my pennies for a while but planned on taking it if i heard good things. sounds like its a plan now, thanks all.
 

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They have a deal where you can get 2 lifetime memberships for $4900 and a free gun kit (includes an XD, holster, Surefire flashlight, knife, and other gear) probably worth close to a grand.
If you check their website, I believe you'll find that the price has gone up considerably over what you paid on the "2 lifetime memberships" deal.

For those who're interested in training and becoming a member at Front Sight, do NOT procrastinate. Many of their membership deals don't last long, and their course prices are going nowhere but up.
 

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I've been to their 4 day handgun class, it was excellent! If you are pinching your pennies it would definitely be better to look into getting a class certificate on Ebay. Like was previously mentioned, they usually sell for around $200. The only problem with them is that you can only use 1 certificate in your lifetime, after that you have to pay retail (or sign up as a life member). But even if you only attend one class, attend that one!

Also, agree about the ammo. Be sure to buy your own and take it with you. If you drive it's easy, but if you fly then you'll run into problems as airlines only allow so much ammo on the plane.

Either way, great choice, and have fun!

-Plop
 

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This is a better deal if you can find two other people to go with you:

Gun Training Report #23 Did You Miss Your First Shot at This?

I did the free gun bit, haven't taken the course, yet. After you figure out what the gun and all the gear are worth, it comes out that you're paying about $500 for the course, which isn't bad.
 

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I'm going to the Front Sight's 4-day Defensive Handgun Course and 1-day 30-state CCW course in October. I signed-up for the special they have for $1k and you 'take home' the XD (I chose .40), folder knife, other misc gear. Seems like a good deal.
 

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Anyone with serious interest in a Front Sight membership should get on their email list "Subscribe to Free Gun Trianing Reports" on their site.

The emails are pretty informative and they are always pitching a special of some sort or another. There was one a week or so ago with some great prices (especially considering their published retail) to purchase some "repossed memberships".

Just keep a close eye on them for awhile and I am sure you can save yourself a good bit of money. Remember they are a business like any other. Sometimes cash flow gets tight and they need to churn some memberships.
 

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Just my two cents; Go to Gunsite. Better training, less Iggy.
 

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Just my two cents; Go to Gunsite. Better training, less Iggy.
Whether Gunsite's (GS) training is "better" is debatable. Both GS and Front Sight (FS) are quite good, and I don't believe there's a dime's worth of difference in the training.

However, Gunsite's weakness is that they cater more to military, law enforcement and government agencies. Thus they have a very limited number of course offerings for civilians during the year.

If you're not lucky enough to get in on one of their relatively few civilian classes before it fills up, you can't train there.

FS offers far more courses to the public during the year, making it much easier to attend there than GS.

IMHO, Front Sight is the better choice for CIVILIANS who want quality training, without having to worry about getting shut out of a class for the year.
 
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