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  1. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by usmc guy View Post
    Yep, I was just their for the Masters Class in Dec, at that time the range I was on was as usual porta potties with water for hand washing. Didn't notice much of anything else, but I was here to train not inspect. I don't think you will find any better training anywhere at least on handguns (which is all I train on). If you are here for the resort stuff (air strip, hotel,) and such that conversation has been going on for several years - I would just concentrate on the training. The ranges and staff are first rate just like the training. I just upgraded to Diamond membership this year.
    Once again, USMCguy and I are in complete agreement. I was also at FS in December and concur with the experience and advice that USMCguy posted above. You will NOT be disappointed.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

  3. Thanks USMCguy and JJF. Glad to hear from someone who was recently there.

    My trepidation stems from the fact that they appear to be bringing in 'more students that all other schools combined' and 'doubling their training' every year but can't afford to install basic plumbing? To me, that sings of a bad 'master plan' and marketing hype instead of substance.

    If you both feel you got your monies worth in the classes, then that's what I'm looking for first and foremost. Quality training.

    I spent 7 years in the service teaching basic marksmanship training. Do you feel I'll actually learn something in these 4 days or will I just be hearing the same things I've taught others?

    Thanks again!
    who else were you expecting?!

  4. #73

    Front Sight training

    Well my background is former Marine, police officer and current NRA Pistol Instructor - with more than 35 years of combat and tactical pistol shooting including time with special units both USMC and Police Department. They will make you faster, better and more accurate even with all the previous training I had received. Of course I had lots of bad habits to break as well since my drawing style was adverse to Front Sights method - which as it turns out is much, much faster. If you visit the site for training ask if their is a Masters Class shooting that weekend, go watch them for 5 minutes you will be shocked at the speeds required.

    If you already have some skills, then you should be able to shoot Distinguished Graduate on the 4 day course the first time out - which I did using the Springfield XD they gave me with their training - gun package.

    When I took the masters class in Dec, I saw that their was just no way to make the times and shots required using any other methods other than what they teach here.

    I have also seen plenty of active duty LE at the classes from all different size (state, local and federal) agencies and the folks I talked with had the same opinion of the level of training as did I.

    If you want to get your feet wet, buy the gun training package for a grand or see if you can pick up a 4 day class certificate from a Diamond Member, they sometimes go for around $200.00 - then see what you think of the ranges and instruction.

  5. Hi USMC guy,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences of FS relative to your personal training and background. Your post was exactly what I was looking for. That's quite a recommendation!

    I will certainly take your advice and suggestion and look for a member who would sell me a training cert. If the training it half as good as you say it is, I'll probably purchase a lifetime membership too.

    BTW, thank you for your service as an LEA and as a Marine!

    Thanks again for your help!

    who else were you expecting?!

  6. #75

    An update

    I attended the two day advanced handgun course and then shot the four day handgun course so I could get 6 days of shooting in on the same trip at the end of May. The advanced course is very worthwhile and includes shooting from a vehicle (parked of course), proper dismount (without shooting your self or partner), weapons retention, fun house, night shooting, the proper way to pistol whip a bad guy, multi-target, shooting on the run, and such. The four day course was a repeat for me but it's always nice to see if the training program repeats what you were initially given - and if was consistent. The site was the same, multiple ranges (for the advanced course) great instructors, lots of shooting.

    As for the site running so many students, yes it can be a busy weekend with 500-600 students attending but they seem to have an exhaustive number of ranges all over the place and porta potties seem like luxury for an old Marine - it's a range facility not a hotel.

  7. My Grown Son and I attended Front Sight the 1st time last September for their introductory 2-day course. Learned lots and had overall the best father-son vacation possible. The facilities are not the best if you're looking for comfort, but that's not why we were there. You will learn a lot and will be surprised if you don't want to go back early & often. Excellent instruction on the range & classroom.

    We stayed in Pahrump at the Golden Nugget. They gave discount for Front Sight and were very gracious about firearms & all. Cheap supper there in the casino buffet. Get ammo from elsewhere if you can. We bought Front Sight ammo, twice the price what I can get at my local Wal-mart.

    We hated the box lunches that were brought in. If we hadn't already bought & paid for them we would of bought peanut butter sandwiches & granola bars the 2nd day.

    Have fun, wish I was heading back soon

  8. Anyone have suggestions for my first trip to Frontsight in June?

    I would like any advice for my upcoming trip to insight. Thanks.

  9. My trip was great! Nothing but professional instructors and total safety at all times. Every walk of life was there as well as every ethnic group. The coolest thing was seeing an 75+ lady in a walker, taking the defensive handgun course. They tape her holster and mags to the walker! I learned a lot and was willing to be retaught in there method. It was very effective and I was able to draw quickly and accurately on my target. I did very well in the simulated shooting in the house situation. And oh wife was a better shot than me. I have a diamond membership and it was well worth the price. If you have any questions be sure to ask.

  10. #79
    I saw that lady, too. We might have been there at the same time. Who was your range master, saintjerome?
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

  11. FS has put in a bunch of new ranges and has installed real bathrooms and has an on site food vendor.
    FS is way out in the middle of nowhere so getting running water to the site was a challenge. Once you go and see how far they are from anything else, you will understand.
    FS seems to have some big changes coming up soon. At least that is what their most recent marketing information has to say.

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