Four Letters Re: A Well-Rounded Skillset Requires Both Range-Based and Force-on-Force Training


SF in Hawaii seems to have written in haste. His assertion is based on merely seeing the introductory courses at Front Sight. Just read this course description of Front Sight’s Advanced Integrated Handgun course. This course offers exactly what he’s complains is lacking at shooting schools. – Tantalum Tom

Mr. Rawles,
In response to SF in Hawaii’s comment,. I returned this past week from a four-day defensive handgun course with the one day 30-state CCW [permit qualifying] class at the end. SF is incorrect in several areas, but I will mention two specifically. First, while we may have been stationary during the initial shoot, we were quickly moving after the actual shots were taken – this movement was called “after action” movement. In fact, at one point, I had an instructor standing next to me reminding me to “move, move, move ….don’t stand still.”

During our one day CCW class, our instructor gave us an idea about what the “Tactical Handgun” class consisted of – We were literally running along side several targets and shooting from the running position with the instructor attached to us ensuring that we did not stand still – reminding us the entire time that we must continue to move. Secondly, we were taught how to shoot one handed – and at close range without using the front sight.

We learned so much in five days that will be valuable should the skills ever be needed in a real life scenario. I was so impressed with the level of skill and professionalism of the Front Sight instructors. I was also amazed at the number of military and law enforcement officers attending the class right beside me, some for the second or even third time in an effort to earn their “graduate” or “distinguished graduate” certificate. I also learned from our instructor that they have trained some of our military special forces. If that is not an impressive endorsement, I can’t imagine what would be.

The four-day defensive handgun class may be Front Sight’s entry level course, but with that training, I am able to share information and skills with my husband who has been in law enforcement for 30 years, defend myself and my family should that need arise and will look forward to a second chance at earning my “graduate” certificate. – TC in Washington


[My advice to SF is that] if you want to practice moving while shooting try IDPA or IPSC. They are both games and have varying amounts of “reality”, but both allow even require moving while shooting. In fact, IPSC is called the “run and gun” sport and IDPA’s standard classifier requires moving while shooting and moving between positions between engaging targets. The first time out you will be surprised at how hard it is to hit a target while moving, but you will get better with practice. Both sports also require reloads while on the clock, another skill that isn’t practiced enough.

Mostly one can use their day to day carry rig. Pocket holsters are generally out. Having said that one of my local clubs did have a “back up gun” side match every month which allowed all sorts of holsters. My
local club let me use my Wilderness Tactical holster that I use while biking and hiking, which was great. If you use your carry hardware you get to shake out any problems you might have and learn exactly what you can and can not do with your pistol. Most people will be surprised. But with a bit of practice, great improvements will be made.

Learning pistol skills are why I started going, but the people were the reason that I started to spend every weekend at one of these events. They are like minded (at least on the firearm side of ideas), friendly, safe, and very helpful with new shooters.- Tacmars



All the high speed, low drag tactics in the world don’t mean a thing unless you hit with your first shot. Until you know how to shoot consistently and accurately under time pressure, and develop the discipline to stay on the front sight in a fight, which the range training engrains in you, force on force training is a complete waste of time and a gimmick for those trainers who can’t put hundreds of students into their courses week after week. Most gun owners are not ready for force on force training because they can’t shoot accurately enough under pressure to benefit from force on force training. Front Sight offers force on force training for those students who are ready for it in our advanced tactical scenarios courses.
– Dr. Ignatius Piazza, Founder and Director of Front Sight