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4-Day Defensive Handgun

Front Sight Course Review

Jack E. (February 2012)

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

  • Student: Jack E.
  • Occupation: Computer Engineer
  • Weapon: Springfield XDm 9mm.
  • Ammo Used: Approx. 800 rounds of 9mm.
  • Number Course Taken: First time taken
  • Student Rating: 10/10
  • Course: Front Sight Course
What were your reasons for taking this specific course?

I had read a lot of reviews about how good the courses are at Front Sight, and in the reviews, people tended to fall into 1 or 2 different categories. Some people said they couldn't believe how much they learned at Front Sight; others said how much they didn't know before they went. Going into it, I looked at it as a good excuse to go shoot for 4 days and to pick up a few tips.

What are your general comments regarding this course?

I loved the course. After taking the course, I found that I fell into both of the previously mentioned categories. I also was amazed at the number of incorrect techniques that I had to unlearn in order to be a more proficient and safe shooter. Front Sight's way of teaching things was a much better way of addressing many shooting techniques. I was amazed at how much my shooting had improved over the four days and can't wait to take the class again or perhaps the 2-Day Skill Builder.

I have had my Concealed Carry Permit for a number of years. However, before this class, I learned that I really previously had no concept of how quickly you need to be able to present your weapon correctly and accurately, if you are going to carry your weapon. After taking this class, I am of the opinion that you should not be allowed to carry unless you take a class of this type and caliber.

I also liked the fact that, if needed, students did receive individualized attention – and I fell into this category. On one occasion, a couple of the instructors took me aside for a while to help me break a couple of bad habits I had learned in the military. I also greatly enjoyed the lectures in the afternoon.

Do you have any tips for first-time students of this course?

Do some shooting ahead of time and be familiar with your weapon before you go. This 4-Day course is like a shooting marathon and you should be prepared. You are going to be shooting approximately 200-250 rounds per day.

I also suggest that students bring sunscreen, chapstick, and hand cream.

Would you suggest this course to others?

Yes, I would suggest this course to others.

How did you get there?

I flew from Indianapolis and transported my own weapon. I have flown a number of various weapons a number of times and do not encounter problems when doing this.

Where did you stay?

I stayed at the Silverton Casino in South Las Vegas.

How did you handle the ammo situation?

I bought ammunition at the Ammo Bunker at Front Sight. The prices were competitive, being pretty close to what you could have found at a gun show.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

I brought my lunch the first day and bought the rest at yellow stand at Front Sight.

What other classes are you planning to take in the future?

I anticipate going a couple of times a year and taking a variety of classes, such as rifle, shotgun, Uzi, etc. I also may take the 4-day Defensive Handgun Course again, only this time with my daughter.