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I am almost done watching this for the first time and I must say what a great greay watch for the new and intermediate ccw. Very thorough and imformative. Wanted to let yall know about it as im sure at leaat some folks havent heard of it, those who have seen it how did you feel about it?
 

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I've heard that in the 3D version Chris Costa's beard comes out of the screen and adjusts your grip and stance as needed...oh and your wife ends up pregnant after :icon_neutral:
Is Chris Costa the Chuck Norris of the firearms industry? Cause if so, I've got a list of jokes that I would LOVE to attribute to him...
 

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Is Chris Costa the Chuck Norris of the firearms industry? Cause if so, I've got a list of jokes that I would LOVE to attribute to him...
Haha yeah pretty much, he is best known for being the face of Magpul (along with Travis Haley), he was in the USCG in a special operations unit similar to USMC FAST (I can't remember what its called, you probably know it) for 15 or so years...the exact origins of his beard can only be speculated upon, much like the big bang.

For further reference:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Costa-His-Beard/114567738603722

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Here he looks like the Dos Equis guy's badass little brother...
 

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Haha yeah pretty much, he is best known for being the face of Magpul (along with Travis Haley), he was in the USCG in a special operations unit similar to USMC FAST (I can't remember what its called, you probably know it) for 15 or so years...the exact origins of his beard can only be speculated upon, much like the big bang.

For further reference:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Costa-His-Beard/114567738603722

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Here he looks like the Dos Equis guy's badass little brother...
Oh, I am very well aware of who he is!

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Handgun Dynamics (while quite expensive) is worth every last penny. My shooting skills jumped to a whole new level after watching it.
 

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I bought a copy of it and the complete set is very good. It has enhanced my "Street Dynamics" when out in public. This is in addition to the other 5 hands on Gun Fighting courses I have taken in the last few years.
 

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:yup:I watched it, tried it. Twisted my knees, threw out my back, shot my foot, and have a new baby boy with a full beard. Lawsuit pending.

But it was interesting to watch.
 

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A good friend of mine turned me on to The Art of the Dynamic Handgun series shortly after I started shooting two and a half years ago. I must have watched those DVDs a million times before my first live training class, and I continue to revisit the "Drills" section routinely.

It's honestly one of the best introductory DVD sets out there for defensive handgun.

That said, it's also definitely not the be-all and end-all. There's a lot of different techniques and different "takes" and variances on the techniques that's out there, and I would encourage everyone to keep an open mind and strive to *_learn_* as much as possible, from as many reputable instructors/schools as possible. While depth-of-knowledge is necessary, breadth-of-knowledge - for a number of reasons - also should not be overlooked.

I have yet to meet Haley, but I have taken a couple of classes under Costa. He's a talented athlete as well as a gifted instructor; and a hilariously good guy to boot, too.

What's important to remember, though, is that these instructors themselves have evolved.

Costa doesn't do much with his YouTube channel, but the Haley Strategic YouTube Channel is quite active. Take a moment to review some of Mr. Haley's newer material, and contrast that with the doctrines he espouses in the Magpul DVDs. Having attended two of Costa's classes last summer, I can personally vouch for the fact that he's evolved, and that some of his old techniques/preferences have gone by the wayside.

And now that those two individuals have left Magpul, it can also be said that Magpul has evolved, too.

These videos remain excellent resources for both the beginner shooter as well as more advanced students of the pistol. Use them as a springboard in your quest for more knowledge. :smile: Save up for a live class. It's well worth it.
 

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Haley and Costa together are great. Their classes are worth it, so are their videos. It is not the end all be all, but their mantra is real..You could do a lot worse...
 

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^ I really need to get out to one of Haley's classes. I keep hearing such great things about them.

I know his school runs a lot of stuff up in MI. Hey, maybe I'll get to come see you! :)
 

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The Art of series is very educational and very well put together. I highly recommend them all. I especially liked the shotgun series. Not much of a shotgunner and that really helped fill in some gaps.
 

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^ I really need to get out to one of Haley's classes. I keep hearing such great things about them.

I know his school runs a lot of stuff up in MI. Hey, maybe I'll get to come see you! :)
That would be great bro. I want to take his disruptive environments class. Magpul was great, but i think this has a lot to offer....
 

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^ The "Disruptive Environments - Handgun/Vehicles/Darkness" is the one I want to shoot for as the big class for my calendar next year. That, "Adaptive Handgun," and "Reactive Shooting Science" all really interest me, but I think the first will be the biggest payoff at my current stage in the game.

I know he offered at least one iteration of "DE - H/V/D" in MI earlier this year. I hope he will do the same for the 2014 season, too.
 
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