Front Sight Four Day Defensive Handgun Course Review, Day Two

Day One Report is here.

Day Two

Finally, some training! The first day was a lot of safety drills, a lot of theory and some shooting. Plus the weather sucked, and that made me grumpy.

Day Two started off with (finally) drawing from a holster, then it was on to malfunction drills:

Type 1: Misfires and Light Strikes (hmmn, where have I heard that before…)
Type 2: Stovepipes and failures to extract (FTE).
Type 3: Double-feeds or faiure to feed (FTF).

I really liked the malf-clearing drills I learned today. They were simple, consistent and yet way beyond “Tap, Rack, Bang.)

Then it was on to reloding your gun (tactical reloads, slide lock reloads, etc.) and then Failure To Stop Drills, aka two to center-mass, assess, the one to the center-head. Again, simple stuff, but it started to ramp up the stress a bit.

After lunch, the photo-realistic targets came out. This was interesting for me because due to range rules, competition rules and NRA rules, I’ve never shot at a “realistic” human target before.

We then progressed into voice commands and one-shot Failure Drills, aka the hostage-taker shot, and I was please that I only dropped two shots out of the whole day’s shooting that wasn”t either in center-mass or in the center head.

I can dig it.

Speaking of shooting, Front Sight uses a “Shooter/Coach” method on the line: One guy is shooting and the other is keeping him safe and offering tips for improvement. The shooter I was paired with today had SERIOUS flinching/trigger mash issues, and I was pleased to see him improve as the day goes one. If the defintion of a good school is one that improves the shooting of it’s students, Front Sight is passing (so far).

And now for some pictures.

Pistol Ranges

This is the view outside the classroom. There’s five pistol ranges clustered around, and they’re very nice, with a western/pueblo exterior, gravel-lined bays and shade.

Pistol Range

Not bad.


This, unfortunately, is what the rest of the buildings on the range look like. Oh well.

100 yard range

One of the 100 yard rifle/shotgun ranges.

Line of cars

The gates open at 7:30 (6:30 on the first day), and there’s always a line of cars waiting to get in each morning.

Dry Practice

There’s ten minutes of optional instructor-supervised “dry practice” (aka dry-fire) drills before each class.


Instruction is usually given right on the range, then drills and shooting practice follow.

More to come tomorrow.