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As most of you know, I am an avid gun user.  I own a variety of handguns and ARs.  My philosophy is and always has been is that gun training is a never ending process.  That being said, J and I have lifetime memberships to Front Sight training centers in Pahrump, Nevada.  I don’t want to be a salesman for the place, but the training that I’ve received from the shooting resort is top notch!  From handguns classes to rappelling classes, Front Sight has it all.

 

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So J and I attended the 2-day defensive handgun training class this past week.  It was an absolute blast.  The bruises on my hips, blisters on my thumb and trigger finger and my sore biceps are all badges of honor that I earned throughout this class.  There were so many useful techniques that I learned just over the course of two days was amazing although sometimes a bit overwhelming.  I definitely have got a lot of dry practicing to do before I attend my next class.

 

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On the last day of our class we were taken into a house to experience a home invasion scenario.  One of the instructors tethers himself to your belt so he can direct you if he needs to.  To make the situation even more stressful the instructors are cursing and yelling at you while various targets pop out from windows and doors so that your brain go into overload mode.  By the end of the training session my hands were shaking from the adrenaline rush.  I didn’t do too badly, but I did kill an innocent kid target that popped out from behind a window.  It’s amazing how the brain takes over and goes into survivor mode when your stress level increases dramatically.  We’ve been training for this exact scenario and while my training did help me deliver effective kill shots, the stress of the situation still slowed my judgment on whether to shoot or not shoot.  Anyone can say “I wouldn’t have shot the kid” but until you’re in the situation, I’m not sure you’d really perform as well as you think you would.

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During our lunch break we were given a chance to play with some automatic weapons.  We had many to choose from but I chose the Mini Uzi, J chose the Tommy Gun, and our friends who also attended the class chose the M16.  I really thought that I would be able to control the Uzi with some good ol isometric force, but WOW!  I was told to fire in short controlled bursts and for only fractions of a second.  But in just the brief seconds of firing, the barrel rise was incredible.  The instructor had his hand on my shoulder to help control the upward and backwards force the gun produces.  For such a small gun it was truly incredible and I walked away from the lesson with a big grin on my face.   When J picked up the Tommy gun you could read in his facial grin “Say Hello to my little friend!!”  We are so thankful we had the opportunity to work with these amazing weapons.

 

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So we’ve already signed up for another class at Front Sight but not gun related.  J and I are taking an Open handed combat class and an edged weapons class.  We’re hearing great reviews of these classes and can’t wait for them to begin.  We’re also going to sign up for a four day defensive handgun class probably in November.  So if you own guns, I highly recommend on getting trained on how to use them properly and in various stressful scenarios.  Like I said above, gun training should NEVER end.

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