I decidiced that if I was going to be carrying my pistol more often, then I should get a little training. I considered something in Oregon, Arizona or Nevada. These places had pretty good firearm schools, but the price tag of the whole trip was staggering. About a year ago a few friends told me about an instructor here in N.Y.. His courses were economical and pretty comprehensive. I waited for my friends to take some of these courses. When they reported back, all I heard was praise. I signed up for a class that was held this past Saturday in Jamestown, NY. Pistol Skills 1+2. I was VERY apprehensive. I have been shooting in “practical” pistol leagues for 16 years. There was a decent amount of stress, challenge and a lot of fun on Tuesday nights. Now I don’t like to brag, but….actually, I am not that accurate when it comes to pistols, so I got to the range to practice twice before going to this class. When I arrived in Jamestown, I found a VERY competent “civilian” training instructor, Chris Fry, and a GREAT indoor range, Genesee Outfitters. We had a little over an hour of lecture. The instructor was a little apologetic for taliking so long, but it was all VERY relevant and informative. We then got to the range. First off let me tell you, this is NOT an NRA basic pistol course. You are expected to show up with decent gear and a very good working knowledge of your equipment. I have owned the main pistol I used for nearly 16 years. I still had operational issues. My holster, magazine pouches, eye protection and hearing protection were all adequate. I will not get into the specifics of the course, but I was overwhelmed by the fact that I was taken out of my comfort zone almost right away. This added quite a bit of stress to a rigorous and informative day at the range. Chris was the consumate professional. He more than “knew his stuff”. He had an answer for every reasonable question and had a lot of time to give us all individual attention.This course could have been MUCH longer and MUCH more expensive, but the short class and lower price makes this available to nearly every interested CCW holder/Home Defender. My total cost including course, ammunition, gas and lunch was about $250. This is EXTREMELY economical for this type of training. If you just want to become a better shot, go to the range and practice. If you are considering pulling your firearm out when something goes bump in the night or day, consider MDTS as part of you emergency preparedness plan.
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