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Glock Armorer's Course

Front Sight Course Review

Dan V

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

  • Student: Dan V
  • Weapon: Glock 17/Handgun
  • Number Course Taken: 2nd time
  • Student Rating: 10/10
  • Course: Front Sight
How many times have you takes this course?

The Armorer’s Course was my first course at Front Sight. Since then, I have also attended a 2-Day defensive Handgun Course.

What were your reasons for taking this specific course?

I wanted to familiarize myself with my gun and have the confidence to work on it and make repairs.  I believe in doing things myself ONLY if I can do it correctly.  Taking apart a complicated machine like a gun was intimidating.  I was hoping the Glock Armorer’s course would give me the confidence I needed to do the job myself and do the job right. I was not disappointed.

General Thoughts on the course?

My General thoughts about the course are that is was incredibly comprehensive and detail-oriented. Taking apart your $600 toy can be a bit intimidating, especially when you are relying on the same gun for your home defense.

The instructor walked us through the assembly and disassembly of the slide and frame in baby steps. There were many Front Sight instructors circulating through the room, helping those with questions and/or problems.

I found the course a perfect first course to take at Front Sight: no shooting, a full-day class in an air-conditioned environment, and a long lunch to walk around, meet with the staff, and gain the confidence to return another day.

I found my classmates polite, helpful and down-to-earth. It was a great environment, with a mix of younger adults, mid-career students and retirees…a mixed bag of every age and walk in life.

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

I went through the shoot house on my subsequent class, my 2-day defensive handgun class. It was a great experience and first-class. My failure in the shoot house trained me to be better prepared for malfunctions and showed me how important training really is.

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

For first-timers taking the Glock Armorer’s course, you need to come with your gun and the patience to walk  through the various steps.  This class is for people who are comfortable  taking guns apart and novices alike. 

How would you improve this course?

I would love the class to additionally provide time for changing sights on Glocks (which are notoriously cheap/bad) and additional time to work on other modifications/add-ons. I would have stayed later to take advantage of this.

I would also like to see a Smith and Wesson M&P armorer's course
I would also like to see one and two-day courses offered on the weekend. As a local, I would take classes with greater regularity if I didn't have to take off work. I don't understand why there are no classes that start on a Saturday and end the same day or the following day (Sunday)…

Would you suggest this course to others?

I would definitely recommend this course to others.  It gave me confidence to work on ALL types of guns, not just Glocks.  It gave me the confidence to do it myself and do it correctly.

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

I went to the course alone, but quickly made friends and felt like I fit right in. Many people came alone and the atmosphere was very welcoming and friendly.

How did you get there?

I drove from my home in Las Vegas, Nevada enjoying a beautiful drive through the desert in each direction.

Where did you stay?

I stayed in my own home.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

I bagged my lunch, not knowing what to expect.  I have to admit, though, that the boxed lunches looked incredible and gave me confidence to order a catered lunch in the future.

Do you have any dinner suggestions?

I love New York Pizza and Patsy Grimaldi’s in Summerlin (Las Vegas) was a treat on the way home. 

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

I subsequently took the 2-day defensive handgun class and enjoyed it as well.  I am looking forward to additional classes and am enlisting friends to come with me.