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First Defensive Pistol Course
« on: June 05, 2010, 10:31:10 pm »
So I just got back from the first of I hope many defensive pistol courses and all I can say is WOW that was incredible. I knew I was a beginner but I think I should have really been classified as a n00b. I learned more in these 2.5 days than in the 3 years I have been shooting. The instructor does firearms training for the Army and was amazing with all us n00bs. Not only did he correct my grip, stance, posture, trigger pull etc... but he had me shooting better than I ever have with just some simple instructions.

One of these days when I get some more cashy money I will have to sign up for one out with you guys out at Buckskin Hills

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    Re: First Defensive Pistol Course
    « Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 10:53:37 pm »
    Tell us more about the course... details... Who and where, how much, how many rounds etc... If this guy is a good trainer, he deserves some credit!

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    Re: First Defensive Pistol Course
    « Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 12:40:53 am »
    Tell us more about the course... details... Who and where, how much, how many rounds etc... If this guy is a good trainer, he deserves some credit!

    Ok here goes...

    The instructor's name was Mark Nicosia, his dad works with my dad and he did this course as a favor while he was down here visiting from Wa. The course was a steal since it was done as a favor, it only cost us $75 to cover range fees plus cost of our own ammo. He reserved one of the private sections of the Davis Co. range and there were a total of 12 of us in the class. Total we each went through about 300 rounds. Like I said previously he is in the Army, I'm not sure of his official MOS but I know that he does firearms instruction for them.

    Day 1- We had a safety meeting at his dad's house and went through a power point presentation. He started with the 4 basic rules, told us about the commands he was going to be using, aiming for center mass, clearing our weapons, differences between cover and concealment, showing us positioning around cover and concealment (slicing the pie), safely carrying our weapon (Sul), use of flashlights, communication with our partners, ready positions, and a legal overview about when to use deadly force (bad guy has Ability, Opportunity, and Intent).

    Day 2- We started with a safety briefing, then went over our stances. Next was our grip, when he did this he had us grip his hand like our gun so he could correct how much pressure we should have with each hand, sight alignment (equal height, equal light) and after action reviews. When we finally loaded our weapons he started with the Exemplar drill, then we practiced what we had learned so far from about 10 yards. He showed the correct way to reload while firing, by keeping the weapon up in our workspace so we could still see the target, then had us only load a few rounds in each mag to force reloads. We went over malfunction clearing drills, both type 1 & 2 then had us practice those. After that we had to combine malfunction clearance and reloading from 10 yards, he pushed it back to 15 and repeated. We practiced sighting alignment from 25 yards, standing from arms length of the target then dropping back a step to draw and fire, firing while moving forwards and to the side, firing from a kneeling position, firing with only our strong hand then firing with only our support hand . Throughout the day he would begin mixing everything we had learned so far into all the drills and began timing us. After each drill he would review our targets with each of us and discuss what was good and what we could improve.

    Day 3- We started with the safety briefing again, and then reviewed what we did the day before. We started with moving around each other with our weapon in Sul and working on our communication and footwork. We practiced the reloading and malfunction drills again then worked on our sight alignment from 10,15,25 yards. After that we worked on shooting from cover (strong side, over, weak side). After lunch he set up a course that integrated nearly everything we had learned. After we had each gone through the course about 4 times he had us practice muzzle rise and muzzle lowering drills, then controlled pairs, and changing targets without moving positions. Once that was done we had a post class briefing then we still had about an hour and a half left at the range and he ran us through the course a few more times to see how much we could improve our times.

    Like I said to me this was an amazing class and now I feel more comfortable with my weapon than I could have imagined.

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