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4-Day Defensive Handgun

Front Sight Course Review

Eric A. 

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

  • Student: Eric A. 
  • Weapon: Kimber Custom II 1911 in .45
  • Rounds Fired: 500 rounds
  • Number Course Taken: 1st time
  • Student Rating: 9/10
  • Course: Front Sight
How many times have you takes this course?

This was my first class ever, but I plan on returning to take the 2-Day Rifle and Shotgun Courses.

What were your reasons for taking this specific course?

I wanted to advance my knowledge as a Basic Pistol Instructor and make myself a better shooter.

General Thoughts on the course?

The instructors were extremely knowledgeable. There are some slower moments, and faster moments, but overall the class is paced for rapid improvement.

I rate the class a 9. The only thing that could be improved on is the expectation that students have basic knowledge. I would strongly suggest that students have taken NRA Basic Pistol or an equivalent, as well as purchased quality equipment.

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

Be ready for class, drink lots of water, sleep, and eat to keep your energy up.

Buy quality gear. Blade-tech and Comp-tac are both quality brands.

Buy a Glock or comparable Semi-Auto. Classes are best done with a full-size rig, and plenty of Mags.

Would you suggest this course to others?


How did you get there?

I drove from San Jose, CA. Not too bad really.

Where did you stay?

I stayed at Saddle West in Pahrump. Not the best, but it sure was an experience.

How did you handle the ammo situation?

I hauled it out from California.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

I ordered ahead of time from the Beach Cafe. The sandwiches were good, and they provided enough food to get you through the day. The convenience of a meal ready for you was the selling point for me.

Do you have any dinner suggestions?

McDonald's, KFC, Taco-bell… what else do you need?

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

In late 2013, I'm going back for 2-day Shotgun and Rifle, and in 2014, I'm going for Skill Builders until I Distinguish Graduate them all.