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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The shooting range I go to, one of their instructors teaches an AR class. He only takes 5 students per class. I guess he had been approached by some law enforcement who wanted to learn a bit more stuff so they could carry these rifles.. so he came up with a course mainly for them.. but anyone can take it. So I signed up.. it is tomorrow from 3pm to 9pm.

From what I gather it is going to go over the basics of the rifle, cleaning, maintenance, go over the different stances of shooting with it.. that type of stuff.. it will be mostly classroom time.. only about 100 rounds fired on the range.. but they do have a level 2 class they are putting together, which will then be mostly range time.

Here's what it says about the course.

Course Goal: Mastery of any weapon system begins and ends with the basics. This course will provide the skills necessary to identify, develop and learn the fundamental skills necessary to operate an AR15/M4 rifle in a hostile environment.
I'm looking forward to it. One reason I bought my AR was for shtf scenerios.. and then just for fun as well. So I figured I need to learn how to use the AR better.. what better way to do that, than to take a class like this.

I can hear the fear in Sarah Brady's head already... a law abiding, crime free record, black gun owning civilian, getting training on how to use the weapon..... I can't wait to get this training.. so I can become a much more proficient killer... of paper or steel targets.. lol
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
will do.. I think the biggest thing I will take away from the class... is properly learning the different stances to shoot with.. and how to properly mount the weapon and aquire a sight picture and be able to fire quickly.

I know how to clean it and I know how to take it apart and put it back together. I don't have a whole lot of range time with the rifle yet though.. especially not anything other than shooting from a rest.. so I am hopeful I will come out of the class with a little more skill. I damn well better.. I caught hell from my woman for signing up for the class. and then she found out I had already paid, and it was non-refundable lol
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
will you wear all ur tactical gear? i would - 4 drop leg holsters attached to each other, 2 on each side. wiley X goggles with the ESS ones on top of them.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
eric_t12 said:
will you wear all ur tactical gear? i would - 4 drop leg holsters attached to each other, 2 on each side. wiley X goggles with the ESS ones on top of them.
mall ninja
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
eric_t12 said:
will you wear all ur tactical gear? i would - 4 drop leg holsters attached to each other, 2 on each side. wiley X goggles with the ESS ones on top of them.
lol only thing I'll have is knee & elbow pads.. they strongly recommend them so I figure I'll wear 'em. I don't have any mag pouch or anything.. it's not required, but they suggest having one if you can. I've spent enough money on gun stuff here lately, I figure I can do without that for now..
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Have fun and tell us how it went.

I'm lucky in that one of my good buddies was a Marine instructor so I got the basics from him when I bought the AR.

You'll become familiar with the weapon real fast after you put a few thousand rounds through it.

I bought my 22 conversion kit just for fun but it has been a good training device for me getting more trigger time.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Alright, so I took the class today.. it went from about 3pm to about 7:15pm. There were only two of us in the class. Was suppose to be 3 but the guy didn't show.

I had a feeling the instructor wasn't just a normal guy who worked at the shooting rnage. He works there part time, otherwise he's a firefighter/emt. However, he is on the swat team as the swat medic. So he has a little real world experience in using these weapons and seeing the situations first hand.. and what works and what doesn't work. So it was nice to know he wasn't just talking from a book.

We went over the basics of the weapon.. then some of the different shooting stances to get into. How to properly mount the gun, aquire a good sight picture and be ready to fire. How to turn properly to engage threats, learning how to not muzzle sweep, that kind of stuff. Also how to properly step so you don't fall.

We fired about 90 rounds down range. He mixed some dummy rounds in so we'd have to do malfunction drills. We shot from prone, kneeling, and standing. We'd have our weapons at the ready, he'd call out threat and we have to raise our weapons and take the safety off while doing so, then fire as soon as we got a good sight picture. We did this with all the different shooting positions, and also having to face to the side, then turn and shoot.

It was a good experience and well worth the $65. We were his first class and things went smooth. Once they get more people throughh the class they are going to have a level 2 class which will be mostly range time, and you will get a lot more practice with the things they taught you. I'll definitely be signing up for that class.

It may not be a thunder ranch, or front site quality class.. but honestly, a lot of what is lacking here is only the facility... the teaching is high quality if you ask me, very hands on. I feel the guy knows what he is talking about so for about 4 hours of pretty personal instruction, $65 wasn't a bad price at all.. very good bargain. And it sure beats no training at all. Knowing how to properly engage targets, move around and be safe doing so.. is a very helpful thing to know.

He has an advanced pistol class where he will teach you more stuff that will help you out with concealed carry. How to better draw from a holster, situational awareness, avoiding attacks, etc. I will probably take that as well. it will be worth it since I carry a gun. the more training you have, the better off you'll be.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
sounds intresting... ironic how for the past 4 or so years, ive been trying to AVOID those damn classes because im the marine corps... hah, seemed like such a drag, since we already deal with the rifles a lot... now that i got bit by the bug, i may have to pay more attention..
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
hatingthesuck said:
sounds intresting... ironic how for the past 4 or so years, ive been trying to AVOID those damn classes because im the marine corps... hah, seemed like such a drag, since we already deal with the rifles a lot... now that i got bit by the bug, i may have to pay more attention..
the way I see it, is it never hurts to get more training with the guns you own. Especially guns that may be used for defensive purposes. Some of the stuff I learned, can be applied to handguns as well.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I took an advanced handgun class like you describe. Learned a lot. I'm looking forward to the low-light handgun class next.

After that I'm going to take the intro AR class also. Instructor told me I could borrow one of his ARs for the class. Sound pretty similar to the class you took. Instructor is a sniper on the local equivalent (sort of) of a swat team.
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I should talk to the instructor and see if he's interested in doing any low light stuff. With concealed carry, you are more likely to get involved in a situation during low light hours.. actually practicing with your weapon in low light could be a good thing.

I know he was talking about possibly getting some force on force stuff going, using airsoft. I'd be interested in that as well.
 
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