By Citizens Safety Academy
May 24-26 Citizens Safety Academy will be hosting Mike and Marie Bain of Defensive Specialties LLC for the NRA Shotgun Instructor Course here in Middle Tennessee. This course doesn't come around often so if you've been thinking about becoming a NRA certified shotgun instructor, now's the time.
NRA Shotgun Instructor Course
Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 2019 Time: 8am to 6pm each day Location: Citizens Safety Academy, 752 E. Northfield Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (with live-fire done at the OK Corral) Cost: $300 More Info and Registration: https://defensivespecialties.com/dsllc-training-calendar or call 678-283-2504 Contact Email: Mike@defensivespecialties.com The NRA requires all Instructor Candidates to have completed the basic course prior to attending the instructor course. Mr. and Mrs. Bain will be conducting the NRA Basic Shotgun course on Friday, May 24th 2019. This course will only be open to participants of the NRA Shotgun Instructor course that weekend.
NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 Time: 8am to 6pm Location: OK Corral Shooting Range, 3175 Pleasant Ridge Road, Woodbury, TN 37190 Cost: $150 More Info and Registration: https://defensivespecialties.com/dsllc-training-calendar or call 678-283-2504 Contact Email: Mike@defensivespecialties.com Thanks, everyone!
Aqil and Tiff
Citizens Safety Academy
By A.J. Holst
I started training with SI and Randy Harris in 2012, primarily with handguns, though I have taken 2 one-day shotgun classes and a one-day carbine class.
I like Randy's instruction style, he is local, and I can learn a lot from him (unless he gives me an excuse to find a new training org) He knows his stuff: https://suarezinternational.com/randy-harris/
This was my first two-day close range rifle class and the content did not disappoint.
Day one started with some classwork and then it was out to range for dry work; gun manipulations from standing, kneeling, and prone.
Here is where we focused on muzzle and trigger finger control, for me it started me on the habit of engaging the safety when my hand leaves the pistol grip or, at a ready position with no immediate threat.
We then made sure our guns were dialled in, meaning it will hit a target at 25 yards if I do my part.
My gear = HiPoint Bullpup and M1 carbine. I brought my AR, but had too much fun with the others.
Worked out of pockets - no battle belt / chest rig. You CAN be tactically practical with a pocket load out, but have a plan (and place) to retain your mags. I am investigating the simple dump pouch for future classes.
The reason I mention my kit is it makes no difference what your gear is, as long as it is functionally safe and my goal is to train like I would most likely use my stuff.
I also hope it encourages the guy or gal like me, competent with a self defense long gun, but a basic static shooting background, to get more experience (with ANY quality instructor)
Before you upgrade your gear, upgrade yourself.
Comparing my two carbines: for home defense, inside the walls, the HP Bullpup is the winner - both short, compact, and 9mm. The M1C is a better choice for multi purpose use, simply more effective at longer ranges and is more fun to shoot.
Sights: red dots are awesome for closer quarters, I have a budget model on the HiPoint. You probably want some kind of BUIS - batteries die, electronics break and rain can obscure your dot or reticle.
The M1C has the traditional ladder peep sight - my challenge is I don't pick up the sight picture quickly and they don't seem be the best design for movement. With this particular carbine (low sight to bore) at less than 20y, if you have good alignment, contact points, and decent trigger control, you can cheat and look over the rear peep.
Does rain impact a peep? Not me, but the student with the Galil had to blow water off / through his.
What about my AR? Well, it's back in the bedroom armory.
Shooting. I was pleased with me performance and believe when the light bulb went off, my confidence really soared.
I realized shooting a carbine puts the muzzle out to an equivalent distance of full pistol extension. With a good cheek weld, it's a super long barrelled pistol with the added benefit of using more contact points to hold it steady. Sounds like a "d'uh" moment, but I had to experience it to learn it.
What I should have done is practiced more pro-active reloads, but keep trying to run dry to transition to my pistol.
And I did try, with the option of 1-5 shots during live fire, I took all 5. Get to end, 1-2-3 rounds left.
Side note, the rebuild on the M1C was successful. 250 rounds, 2 FtoFeed, identified weak mag springs.
Worked going to my weak side for 85% of the drills - only lefty in class. Still accurate, even for the "he's not down" shots to the beak.
What I was most amazed at was my John Wick like pistol skills. The drill was transition to pistol. Working to my weak side, my carbine was unslung, so I had to secure it, muzzle down, stock secured with my right arm.
All of my one handed pistol shots were right on the beak, 4" or so, with no flyers...and I haven't shot live in weeks.
Dry fire practice is working for me.
Regarding slings, find what works for you, but the two-point seems to be the most versatile with ease of gun manipulations. I mention this in case you have to switch shoulders - can you or do you have a plan to unsling or detact yourself from your gun.
Other guns represented: we had a AR pistol, Kel-Tec RDB, Galil, AK47, 3 other ARs, and my two odd balls.
By Cruel Hand Luke
CRG-4: FORCE ON FORCE GUNFIGHTING
June 8-9, 2019
Instructor: Randy Harris
Discount available when taken with Defensive Knife
Ever wonder what you'd do if a psycho with a knife charged at you? Or how you'd really handle a multiple adversary situation?
FIND OUT FOR CERTAIN IN OUR INTERACTIVE GUNFIGHTING TRAINING!!
Force on Force is the future of personal combat training. This course is Pure CQB Gunfighting Skills, and will connect what you do on the range with what you must do on the street to win a fight.
Typical marksmanship-based gun training leaves many questions unanswered. There is a great deal that you still don't know about street combat if all you've done is shoot paper targets on a shooting range. Even the many "shoothouse" exercises at many gun schools are still woefully inadequate in preparing you for a street confrontation. But in this class, the training is pure street reality featuring high intensity, short duration combat at close range against live human beings with modern force on force technology. It is specifically designed for the private citizen and focuses on civilian street situations. Learn to defend against a single adversary bent on cutting you with a training knife, as well as against multiple adversaries suddenly drawing guns and firing at you. Learn what it takes to overcome home invaders, takeover robbers, hostage takers and active shooters! In today's environment, everyone has a need to know.
The training is open to ALL civilian students AT ANY SKILL LEVEL, and is the sort of class you can attend over and over again to maintain your edge!! Fight-focused NOT Gun-focused!
CLASS AND RANGE DETAILS
DURATION: 2 days TIME: 9:00AM to 5:00PM AMMUNITION: Approximately 600 (Minimum) good quality biodegradable pellets. NO STEEL PELLETS RANGE & GEAR REQUIREMENTS: You MUST have a gas-operated airsoft pistol for this class. Electric or spring-operated guns are not suitable. A paintball mask/helmet, hooded sweatshirt and gloves are necessary.
NOTE: Bring an adequate supply of CO2, green gas or propane and silicon lubricant to charge up the pistols. An extra magazine is important in case there is a problem with the primary.
Bring spare clothing appropriate for the weather, including a hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Plan to bring lunch, snacks, and water (min 1 gallon per person) for the entire day unless driving to lunch is a viable option from the range location. Bring allergy medication (if needed), a chair (if you prefer), note taking supplies, and a boo boo kit (band aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape). You may wish to bring pads such as knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves if the class lends itself to that.
RANGE: Phillips/Edwards Farm
763 County Road 332
Pisgah, AL 35765
Coming from Chattanooga
* Take I-24 west from Chattanooga
* Merge onto I-59 S via exit 167 on the left toward Birmingham
* Take the GA-136 exit, exit 11, toward Trenton
* Turn right onto GA-136
* Turn left to stay on GA-136 (crossing into Alabama)
* GA-136 becomes AL-71
* Turn left to stay on Al-71
* Turn left onto AL-117
* Turn right onto CR-330
* Turn right onto CR-332
* End at 763 County Road 332, Pisgah, AL
Range is located 40 minutes SW of Chattanooga and 20 minutes from Trenton Ga . It is located where TN, GA and AL all come together on the map. Range is located in Pisgah Alabama. Range is on CENTRAL time.
For more info and to register for this class...https://suarezinternational.com/crg-4-force-on-force-gunfighting-june-8-9-2019-chattanooga-tn/?ctk=ad914282-8f05-4da2-b47c-7cc5385529ec