If You Could Go to Any Multi-Day Firearms Training Class What Would it Be?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Nalajr, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Nalajr

    Nalajr Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Hey all.
    I’ve often thought of what it would be like to go to one of these academy’s or classes that offer combat shooting centered around the 1911 or even the Glock. I’ve read about some of them as you all have too and they all look interesting and fun to do. I don’t know how you’d choose one though.

    So, if you had the choice to attend any class or training facility for their Handgun Shooting, CCW, or other related disciplines, which one would you pick and why?

    I’d like to go to the handgun class that was offered by Navy Seal Don Shipley (the guy that busts the fake SEALs) and taught by his retired Master Chief with a few other guys dropping in for pointers. I don’t know whether he has it any longer though.

    If you watched the show on Discovery or A&E about the SEALs quite a while back, the guy that talked about his time in Vietnam and then training SEALs, that has the cool looking handlebar mustache, that’s the guy Shipley had teaching it.

    What’s your choice?
  2. SteveCNJ

    SteveCNJ Member

    Oct 17, 2019
    I have a lifetime membership at Front Sight where the training is great. They offer dozens of classes. My favorite is the 4 day defensive handgun class. Frontsight.com PM me if you want some insider info.

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  3. 1911mechanik

    1911mechanik Christ is my front sight.

    Apr 29, 2016
    Taken class at Shootrite firearms academy, home of Tiger McKee. Great training, and Tiger is a very good instructor. A true “martial artist” at what he does. Been wanting to go back again just haven’t been able to make it happen.
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  4. Rick McC.

    Rick McC. Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2013
    Robin Brown’s (Brownie) Threat Focused Pistol course. 1500 round-count over two days...
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  5. gtmtnbiker98

    gtmtnbiker98 New Member

    Jul 14, 2020
    Any class by Tom Givens. He’s awesome!
  6. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017
    Thunder Ranch & Gunsite are both high on my list of priorities.

    Front Sight is a place I will avoid.
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  7. Markgrubb

    Markgrubb Active Member

    Jan 3, 2016
    Hard choice and strongly dependent on what you want to learn.

    Defensive handgun shooting:
    Rogers School, Gunsite, and many other Tier 1 schools

    Broad Defensive use of a firearm and all the legal and ethical issues that entails: Mas Ayoob

    Real-world self defense: A school that does force-on-force training with simulated encounters, simunitions, and physical contact.

    IMO, most of the skills taught at “shooting schools” are low on the self defense priority list given the nature of probable violent encounters between civilians.
  8. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017

    Dubs put it nicely. Classy guy that Dubs, Front site is no bueño. Do some research.

    Shot a local carbine class this evening with a really great instructor from a competition background. One of the regular students is a retired Nam Vet that has been to Thunder Ranch twice and is going back after the first of the year. He says that the instruction is second to none but to avoid the beginner classes if you are a regular shooter. Start with Defensive Pistol 2. This is technically hearsay but I trust his opinion. If Clint owns the joint and Jason freakin Burton teaches there, good enough for me.

    Edit to add: http://www.dianahsieh.com/frontsight/

    I'm not looking for training from some cult leader, Tom cruise wannabe that thinks he's Neo.
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  9. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016

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  10. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Thunder Ranch
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  11. River runner

    River runner Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    I’m voting Thunder Ranch as well, in part due to its proximity. In fact, I think I’m going to try to make it up there next year if at all possible.
  12. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    ShivWorks, ECQC.
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    Apr 5, 2015
    Thunder Ranch
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  14. jmm

    jmm Member

    Jul 19, 2018
    Paul Howe at CST in Nacogdoches, TX. Great instructor with high expectations.
  15. livinthelife

    livinthelife Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Ever go out to the Linden Gun Range? They have classes from time to time.
    They host classes.
  16. Ethank

    Ethank Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    I’ve been to a bunch of them over the years. For a great vacation and school, my vote goes to Shaw Shooting. Great instructor and spectacular facility. You can’t go wrong with any of the big names, aside from front sight. But it’s not a big name for positive things.
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  17. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Thunder Ranch to make it unanimous, hands down. Gunsite second choice.
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  18. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Thunder Ranch would be my number one choice.
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  19. River runner

    River runner Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    No I haven’t been out to Linden. I looked into USPSA shoots there. I was interested in getting into competition but I’ve not yet done so. I’ve struggled to find the time. I’ve trained with GrayOps at Sac Valley a few times. I will have to look into Linden’s offerings. Thanks for the heads up.
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  20. Yoemen66

    Yoemen66 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2017
    I would like to hit Gunsite at some point. The history associated with the place in addition to the training would be a fun experience. A plus of the whole thing would be swinging by Ted's shop and actually speaking to the man in person.
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