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4-Day Integrated Handgun

Front Sight Course Review

Endre S. (January 2012)

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

  • Student: Endre S.
  • Occupation: Dentist
  • Weapon: Glock Model 19 (Compact 9mm)
  • Ammo Used: Approx. 700-800 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?

One of the reasons I took this course was that I wanted to challenge myself further. I wanted to experience more tactical-type scenarios and to get as close as I could to real-life defense situations. I wanted to be trained to the highest degree possible if I am ever placed in a real world situation where I would actually have to defend my family or myself with a firearm.

What are your general comments regarding this course?

One of things that I liked about this course was that there was a limited amount of students at the time that I took it. This gave the range master flexibility as to the structure of the course and the material covered. He was able to customize the class to the student's needs and/or skill level; and we were able to repeat certain scenarios, if needed. One of the scenarios that I particularly liked was one in which you were placed in a situation with your eyes closed, told to open them, then had to react quickly in order to deal with it appropriately.

I also liked the environment of the class and of Front Sight in general. It was a relaxing environment with great instructors and shooters. There were approximately 25 -30 people in my class and four instructors, which provided a good opportunity to learn techniques not only from the instructors, but also from fellow students. We were also allowed to go through the Master Prep Skills Test, which also gave me a good idea of those class requirements.

One day of this class was spent on Martial Arts. Even though this part of the training was also excellent, this day was probably my least favorite day of the course. It wasn't that I disliked it; this was due [rather] to the fact that I have so much previous martial arts experience from the past that I like to concentrate on the firearms part of the training. My only suggestion for improving this day of the course is to possibly mix it up with some shooting.

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

Before I took course, I did not realize that we would be doing any support hand shooting. Hence, I did not have one with me. I would suggest that any first time students have any equipment necessary for support hand shooting. Also, because of the support hand shooting, I suggest that students prepare by doing some dry- practice with their support hand before they take this class. Students will also need a flashlight for the "Night Shoot".

I also suggest that students bring comfortable clothes for the martial arts portion, similar to something they would use at the gym.

Would you suggest this course to others?

Yes, I would suggest this course to others.

How did you get there?

I drove from Northern California, which took approximately 8-9 hours.

Where did you stay?

I stayed at the Saddle West on this occasion and stay there most of the time. The accommodations and the prices are reasonable. I have stayed at one other hotel in town and stayed in Las Vegas once because there were no rooms available in Pahrump. On that occasion, the drives back and forth from Las Vegas to Pahrump took approximately 45 minutes.

How did you handle the ammo situation?

I transported my own ammunition to Front Sight, but I do appreciate the convenience of the Ammo Bunker, in case I need to purchase more.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

I brought lunch boxes from the Saddle West.

What other classes have you taken at Front Sight?

4-Day Defensive Handgun Course
2-Day Handgun Skill Builder
4-Day Defensive Rifle Course
2-Day Advanced Tactical Handgun Course

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

I am taking some friends to the 4-Day Defensive Handgun Course in April. I am going to shoot the entire class with my support side hand and eye.