Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 registration and new shooter orientation
9am event start
There will be 4 stages; two standard drills and two simulated defensive encounters.
Holster worn on the strong-side hip
Extra magazines (if you have them)
Magazine pouch (if you have one)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Just an update on the Utah Polite Society. I was able to attend the training at the range up Parleys canyon. We arrived at the range at around 5:15 and were greeted by the great people from the UPS and they gave us a quick rundown of what we would be doing for the night. There were about 8 people there with experience ranging from lifetime shooters to a husband and wife with their son that had never shot pistol before.Thanks guys. I had a blast on Monday.
The people were very professional and had a tremendous amount of combined experience to lend to the evening. We began with proper grip for shooting, this was the beginning pistol class, and proceeded onto proper drawing techniques. Safety was always at the forefront and they kept things safe, all those instructing were NRA rangemaster certified. We did proper reloading and then close quarter shooting techniques, an arms length from the target. I have to say that when we started that I was a bit nervous but with the excellent instruction and guidance they had us all shooting, and hitting, the targets with a lot more confidence than we started with.
We finished up the evening shooting using the Teuller drill. A target mounted on a wheeled sled and set at 21' from the shooter and then the target being pulled, at a run, toward the shooter. We started out shooting from the ready position and then from a holstered stance. This definitely put a twist and added a lot of stress on the situation.
Overall I came away with the knowledge that I don't have enough knowledge and made me realize that if I am going to carry a gun I had better be [darn] sure I know how to use it and use it in a manner that will produce the desired result, I am going to go home to my family. Someone rushing at you with a knife from 21 feet will most likely result in you being stabbed unless you have prepared yourself mentally and physically, muscle memory, to handle the situation. The folks at UPS have really gone out of their way to make sure I am ready for that possibility, yes hopefully that never happens.
I am almost hesitant to post this review because it was great having just 8 of us there and getting all the great training at almost a 1:1 ratio with the instructors, yea I know it's 2:1 but that's how they make it feel. I will definitely return again and attend the Saturday classes that go into much more technical training and be back on Mondays to practice the basics they taught me. Thanks guys.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We are having an training event Monday, April 13th at Hendrickson range.
The training we offer is focused on the gun-handling skills, shooting
skills, and tactics needed by folks who carry a sidearm for personal
We try to tailor what we teach to the skill levels and interests of the
folks in the group we happen to be teaching at the time. We typically
start by briefly discussing the equipment needed for concealed carry, and
then move on to basic skill sets like presentation, grip, stance, sighting
techniques, and trigger control. If the group progresses fast enough, we
cover reloading techniques, malfunction clearance techniques, shooting on
the move, use of cover, incorporating turns into the presentation,
one-handed gun manipulation and other topics of interest to the group.
You’re welcome to come back and work on your skills sets with us on
subsequent Monday evenings, if you’d like us to cover more than we have
time for in just one evening.
We try to keep the atmosphere fairly informal and the group size fairly
small. Those of us running the class are not professional trainers.
We’re just ordinary folks who’ve attended a few classes from schools like
Gunsite and Front Sight, as well as some locally held classes. For
instance, several of us attended a Glock gunfighting class at the Swanson
Tactical Training Center in Ogden just last week. We know how expensive
professional training can be, so we’re offering to share our knowledge for
just the $10 it costs us for range time and consumables (targets, props
and the like).
If you’re interested, you’ll need a handgun (preferably a semi-auto), a
holster worn on your dominant side (right side if you are right handed),
at least two magazines, a magazine pouch that can be worn on your belt, 50
rounds of ammunition (100 rounds will allow you to have more trigger
time), eye protection (prescription glasses or sunglasses work fine), and
ear protection (plugs or muffs). Also, you’ll need to let us know which
Monday evening you’d like to spend with us (we’re at the range on the
second and fourth Monday of each month).
We’d like folks to RSVP so we can make sure we keep the groups to ten
people or less. Let us know if you’re interested.
An old prospector shuffled into town
leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for
the only saloon in town to clear his parched throat.
He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the
hitch rail. As he stood there brushing some of the dust from
his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the
saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the
The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed,
saying, 'Hey old man, have you ever danced?'
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No,
I never did dance, -- and just never wanted to."
A crowd had gathered quickly and the gun slinger grinned
and said, 'Well, you old fool, you're gonna' dance now,' and
started shooting at the old man's feet. The old prospector
in order to not get a toe blow off or his boots perforated
was soon hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet and
everybody was laughing fit to be tied.
When the last bullet had been fired the young gunslinger,
still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go
back into the saloon. The old man turned to his pack mule,
pulled out a double barreled shotgun, and cocked both
hammers back. The loud, audible double click's carried
clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing
immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds, too, and
he turned around very slowly. The quiet was almost
deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at
the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin
barrels. He found it hard to swallow. The barrels of the
shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands.
The old man said, "Son, did you ever kiss a mule's ass?"
The boy bully swallowed hard and said,
"No. But I've always wanted to."
There are two lessons for us all here:
1. Don't waste ammunition.
2. Don't mess with old people.
I just love a story with a happy ending.