Here are the dates and data for the 4 Day Defensive Handgun class. Also a Mini-Hat on what you need, etc that is a must read for anyone going; It’s at the bottom of this post.
Friday, November 7 (Friday) through Monday November 10 (Monday), flying in on Thursday 11/6 and out Tuesday 11/11.
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Here’s a short video intro to Front Sight:
If someone doesn’t have the time to do the 4-day class, the 2-Day Defensive Handgun class starts Friday 11/7 and ends Saturday 11/8.
We’ll stay at the Saddle West Hotel & Casino in Pahrump November 6th and check-out November 11th.
I’m a first family member and can buy a room or two that I can share at the slightly lower cost. I usually get the deluxe room for $10 more as it’s larger and newer. They usually come with 2 double or queen beds and could sleep 4 plus a couple of bedrolls, making the hotel cost quite low.
Kirk and Shawn Mossing and I got Diamond Lifetime Memberships for everyone for $100 each instead of the 4-day class at a cost of $2,000, a savings of $1,900 for our USG members! We also got a few free gun rental certificates, which will go to the first who pay for their memberships, otherwise the gun rental is $50/day.
You can buy ammo at the market rate at Front Sight, so I usually buy it there. 600 rounds will cost around $150. Although as a group we recommend .40 caliber Glock handguns (model 22). But I usually shoot 9 mm on the range if I don’t take my gun, as the ammo is a little cheaper and the feel is about the same. 9 mm ammo is currently running $13.50 for 50 rounds, $162 + any tax for 600 rounds. But I usually just buy 4-500 rounds at first and then buy additional boxes as I see I’ll need them. I usually shoot less than the estimate.
We had a page and a half of sign-ups from CW and LA has some already, too. So it’s going to be a GREAT trip!
Mini Hat on Trip to Front Sight
21 September 2014
Navigating the airport with your gun:
If this is the first time you’ve traveled with your gun, make sure you check the web site of the airline you’re using for their specific guidelines on transporting your weapon. Here are some tips from my experience:
1. Get to the airport at least 30 minutes earlier than you normally would. 1 1/2 hours becomes 2 hours.
2. You have to check in at the counter rather than the curb and declare you have a gun.
3. It has to be completely unloaded, mag out, in a HARD locked case.
4. I always dress upstat casual. It does make a difference, IMO.
5. Some airlines will have you open your suit case and gun case and show them the gun is unloaded. Others simply ask and have you sign a form saying it is unloaded. Either way you get a red tag to put on your bag and then YOU transport it to TSA. They usually just look at the tag and take the bag but I have had them ask me to open the suitcase and show them the gun. They’ve never been rude or given me attitude about having a gun; however.
6. Once you get to your destination you get your bag and leave the terminal as normal.
At Front Sight:
I’ve been to Front Sight twice. The first time I did a 4 day course and the second time I did the 2 day course. There are all kinds of people enrolled in the course including; law enforcement, military, competitive shooters and peeps like me who were complete novices. I was raised around guns so I wasn’t afraid of them but my gun was new and not broken in. It was difficult to rack, load etc. You do A LOT of shooting (we did 650 rounds) in conjunction with instruction. However, the instruction is superior with a strong accent on safety.
You are twinned up for the range time. When I went the first time I was a brand new shooter and went with two experienced Special Forces guys who helped me clean my gun, answer questions off range and acted as inspiration. One of them did reach and withdraw with me on my gun and equipment prior to going which helped. I recommend if you’re new, pick a more experienced shooter as a twin. There is also course room time which is presented lecture style.
In the four day course you learn night shooting, how to clear a room and how to clear jams. It is very thorough.
The two day is also good if you are new to shooting but it’s basically target and range practice. I used it as a refresher course after I completed the four day.
Here are my tips:
Take or rent a broken-in gun, one that has been tested over and over. Bring a second one in case the first one breaks.
Wear pants with loops for a belt and holster, like blue jeans. It’s open carry on site and you will draw from a holster.
Take 4-5 extra magazines for your gun with a mag canister to attach to your belt.
Wear comfortable shoes. You are on your feet moving and shooting from early morning to late afternoon. Tennis shoes are fine.
Dress in layers. It can be hot in the desert during mid-day and chilly early morning and at night. Also bring a poncho. It does rain out there and the ranges are outdoors.
Women should not wear low cut tops or even open collar shirts as hot brass (shell casing) burns when it goes down your front and you can’t drop your gun to dig it out. Round collared T-shirts are good.
You need a hat or baseball cap to protect your head and face from hot brass (shell casing) and the sun.
You need ear and eye protection. I wore sunglasses which seemed acceptable and had ears with adjustable sound knobs so when the instructor was talking, I didn’t have to take my ear protection off. I just turned up the volume. When the shooting resumed, volume was turned back down. I bought the ears at the local Walmart for $50.00 but later bought a better, lighter weight pair at Bass Pro in Orlando for about the same price.
If you have special dietary needs, make your own arrangements. When I was there, they offered bagged lunches for an extra fee which contained the standard sandwich, chips, cookie and drink. You’re on your own for breakfast and dinner.
Finally, listen to the instructors and heed their safety rules. The staff is very professional and will work diligently to help you become proficient with your firearm.
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