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4-Day Defensive Handgun

Front Sight Course Review

Aprilfawn W. (Taken December 2012)

Editor's Note: This is a review for the 4 Day Defensive Handgun Course class offered at Front Sight.
  • 4 Day Defensive Hangun

  • Student: Aprilfawn W
  • Occupation: Scientist
  • Weapon: XDm 9mm, XD compact
  • Rounds Fired: 700
  • Number Course Taken: 2nd Time
  • Student Rating: 10/10
  • Course: Front Sight
Weapons Used:

I used an XDm 9mm (purchased legally in CA on single shot exemption), my daughter 14 used an XD compact (we own those), my 18 year old rented an XD from FS.
I bought all my ammo from FS, although not happy with that Independence brand and will bring my own next time.

General Comments:

Took my two oldest daughters to FS last week for the 4-Day Defensive Handgun Course. They had a great time! :)

I feel 100% they can clear type 1, 2, and 3 malfunctions now; and they came back feeling a lot more "responsible" and adult like than when they went out there.

It was a pretty cool experience to go with my daughters. This is my second 4-day class out there. I am going to go back out for a 2-Day Skill Builder in January.

The only concern I had really is that in the steel match I had three clean shots and was done where most folks were averaging 5 or more. These shooters get it in their head in that steel match that it's a race game and many of them end up shooting their hostage. I don't know how I feel about that. The guy on my left during the test dumped half a mag into the hostage during the steel match and still managed to graduate even with a worse score on the final test. That doesn't seem right. I am proud to say although I did not graduate again, I didn't harm a single hostage and did get the hostage takers.

Anyways, it was a great family trip. The kids are 100% respectful of their guns and are 100% safe. That was very good for me to see, and they did say they wanted to go back with me yearly, which was good.

Ashley is 14, and Amber just turned 18. I have another daughter who is only 4, so she is not ready but go someday when I feel she is ready.

It would be nice if they had an indoor range for when it rains though!

Where did you stay while in Pahrump?

We stayed at Best Western, and loved it!