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4-Day Four Weapon Tactical

Front Sight Course Review

Kyle H.

Editor's Note: This is a review for the 4-Day Four Weapon Tactical Course class offered at Front Sight.
  • 4-Day Four Weapon Tactical

  • Student: Kyle H.
  • Occupation: Painting Contractor and Self-defense Instructor
  • Weapon:
    This course uses handgun, shotgun, rifle, and a sub gun. I have taken a variety of handguns, shotguns, and rifles to this course, but I have always used the Front Sight provided Uzi as my sub gun. For the rifle, I have taken anything from the AR platform to the Sig 556. One year, I think I took a Sig 556R, which is the Sig Sauer version of the AK. For the handgun, I mostly shot a 1911; and for the shotgun, I shot a Benelli M2.
  • Rounds Fired:
    Handgun – 500
    Rifle – 500
    Shotgun – 200 birdshot, 100 buckshot, 12-24 slugs
    Uzi – 500-800 rounds

    It really depends on how you decided to shoot, so it will vary from these figures. Generally speaking, this is about how much I shoot.
  • Number Course Taken:
    I like to take this course annually and have done so for four years. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it this year.
  • Student Rating: 9.5/10
  • Course: Front Sight
What are the prerequisites for this course?

The prerequisites for this course are pretty high. Other than Four Weapons Combat Master Prep, the prerequisites are the highest for this course than any other. You will have to DG handgun, shotgun, rifle, and submachine gun. This is why not very many people take this course. The advantage to the student is that there is a very good instructor to student ratio. There is one range master at all times and another instructor to help out. Usually, you will have another instructor that will come in and out throughout the course.

General Comments:

When I first took this course, I thought that it was the Four Weapons Combat Master Prep course. I was pleasantly surprised that it was really a scenarios and tactics course for all four weapons. Every year that I have taken it, it is a little bit different. Usually, each day will be dedicated to each type of weapon, so the first day is handgun and the next shotgun, etc. For the first couple of hours of each day, you will go over different shooting positions and techniques that are a little more advanced and use them for the rest of the day as you go through all of the different simulators, everything from the shoot house to the canyon simulator to the range. You'll go through the same thing each day with a different weapon. You're usually able to incorporate handgun into everything else. There may be an opportunity in which you are going through a scenario and you run your long gun dry and need to transition to your handgun. The classes that I have taken have encouraged that as an option. The curriculum is very flexible and will differ depending on the range master. The classes are very small. Of the times that I have taken this course, the smallest class was just myself and another guy (Jason); and the largest class was just four of us. You get some really good one on one instruction. A lot of times you can request to work on a certain technique, and they will create a scenario for you. It's really nice because you don't have to worry about the people around you and their gun handling, because everyone is pretty well equipped. You can just focus on the tactics and simulators.

How would you improve this course?

I think that for what this course is, they do a very good job. The type of things that I would like to see in any of the advanced tactics courses is more tactics and scenario type opportunities. I'd say maybe if they were to add more force on force or problem solving scenarios rather than the simulators with the no reactive targets, that would be better.

Would you suggest this course to others?

Yes, I would. I'd say this is one of the better classes that Front Sight offers. If you like any of these platforms, then I would say it is worth getting your DG in them to take this course.

How did you get there?

I drove from my home in California, which is about 4 hours away.

Where did you stay?

I usually stay at the Best Western in Pahrump, and they treat me pretty well there. I've also stayed at the Silverton in Vegas. The drive was only about 45 minutes as opposed to the 15 to 20 minute drive from Pahrump, so it wasn't too bad.

Did you go with family or friends? If so, what did they think about the course?

I go every year with one other guy who I met in this course the first time I took it, and then the next year he came out and took it again. Then, we made it an annual thing. I usually train with my daughter, but this is the one course that she hasn't done.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

We brought coolers with us and did our own thing. One day we got Subway, and another day we ordered our lunch from Saddle West.

Do you have any dinner suggestions?

El Jefe's was very good and reasonably priced. We also ate at Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse Sushi and Hibachi, which is by Wal-Mart. The prices were reasonable, and the staff was very friendly! They gave us a 10% discount and free dessert. Finally, we ate at K 7 Pizza on Hafen Ranch Road in Pahrump, which was very good and friendly; all nice places.