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4-Day Defensive Handgun

Front Sight Course Review

LA Gordon

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

  • Student: LA Gordon
  • Occupation: Retired Photographer
  • Weapon: Glock 17
  • Rounds Fired: 600 rounds
  • Number Course Taken: 1st time
  • Student Rating: 10/10
  • Course: Front Sight
What were your reasons for taking this specific course?

I had heard a lot about Front Sight, and I already owned a Diamond membership. I was in California and on my way back to Idaho, and I decided that this was a good time to do this.

General Comments

I loved everything about the course! The instructors were excellent, and they gave each student plenty of personal attention, even though there were about 28 to 30 of us.

I've had a CCW for 25 years now, and I still love to shoot. I used to live up in the mountains of Idaho, and I would shoot almost daily. I would go to the range just outside of town and target practice all the time. I shot a lot while I was in the military, as well. I was surprised to find that I didn't really have any "bad habits" to break. Most of my habits were right on with what Front Sight teaches.

Did you go through the shoot house? What were your thoughts about it?

Yes, and I loved it! That was my favorite part. I wanted to go through it again. I didn't shoot any of the wrong people, but I did shoot one of the bad guys twice in the head. My instructor started laughing and pulled me back saying, "That was great shooting, but you didn't need to shoot him in the head twice!" I just loved the shoot house, and I look forward to going through it again next time.

How would you improve this course?

They have pretty much everything down pat that I can think of. The instruction was great. There wasn't a military attitude. It was friendly but firm. The food was good. I liked the fact that you could have it brought in or buy it outside.

Where did you serve in the military?

I served in Southeast Asia, Guam, and Okinawa.

How did Front Sight's training compare to the Military's?

The military's training just can't compare. I was trained in 1971, using a .38 pistol. As long as you could hold it in your hand, you were good. It was just nothing compared to Front Sight.

What you do differently next time you go to Front Sight?

It was very windy while I was there, making it very difficult for me to do the concealed portion of it. My vest kept getting caught in my holster, as it was blowing in the wind. I'm also left-handed, which added more difficulty. Next time that I go, I am going to try to use lane 1 as much as I can; that way I won't get all the shells in my face. I would also be better prepared. I was very unhappy with my holster. I'm going to try to get a Blade-Tech or one that's a little more comfortable. I had an Uncle Mike's, and I just was not happy with it.

Would you suggest this course to others?


Where did you stay?

I stayed at Saddle West. It was incredibly nice. In fact, my room ended up having two queen-sized beds, and I was by myself. I could have shared with somebody else and saved some money.

Will you go with friends or family next time?

There are two people I know of in my area who have already attended the course; and if we can coordinate it, we will go together.

What other courses do you plan on taking in the future?

I would like to take the 4-Day Defensive Handgun again and also the 4-Day Practical Rifle course.