Days 2 & 3 of Front Sight 4-day Handgun Class

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011




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I've gone through the first three days of the 4-day Defensive Handgun Class at Front Sight. It's been really grueling, not just due to the material covered and the extensive shooting drills, but due to the heat. When class was over at 5:00 this evening the thermometer in my car said it was 108F (42C). That's hot enough but the temperature on the ranges was much higher since the surrounding walls block the wind and the dark gravel heats up in the sun. I don't know what I was thinking when I made a reservation for late June but I know I wasn't thinking I'd be getting cooked like this.

Other than the discomfort factor, the course is very good. It's a lot less daunting the second time around. That's at least partially due to changes they've made in the course. They no longer have targets that rotate 90 degrees to face you and then turn away when your time to hit the target is up. I think most of the first-time students felt the moving targets were at least a little intimidating. And the night-shooting exercise, which first-time students also seemed to find off-putting, is now part of an advanced class. But I think the main reason I'm finding it less daunting is just that I've been through it before so I've learned a lot of the material and I know what to expect. I've been doing much better at the drills this time around.

Tomorrow is the last day of class. We'll be tested and given certificates based on how well we do. After the class I'll head to Las Vegas for the night and then Friday morning I'll catch a plane to Alaska for two weeks in the Arctic.
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