AAR CCW Renewal at Line of Fire with Joe.
I would not post an AAR for something like a renewal course but this was beneficial and a little different. I called Joe to get my renewal done but asked him to look at my shooting once we got to the range and push me a bit as he saw fit. I think I said take me out of my comfort zone. He was cool with it and I figured if I did this one on one I would get the most out of the training. So it was a one on one kinda thing.
We did the required classroom training and then headed out to the range for the qualifications. Joe had me do a warm up of 6-6-6 a couple times just to get loose. Then the fun started. He had me run a hand to hand drill to practice getting the weapon from one hand to another safely and continue one hand drills. Then we did a tactical reload drill that I will be practicing on my own. It was a real head hammer, where did I put that mag??? Last was three drills based on the "check your six" after action drill except there is a problem on your six. He ran me through drills to respond to a threat behind me and close. This was three different ways of responding to a threat up close and at bad breath distance. This kind of thing is all new, I generally work at the 3 to 7 yard range for handgun work.
At the end of the day I would have to say that this was money well spent. I have trained with Joe and others and my friends and I get out quite a bit to train. All well and good, but just running with a pro for 4 hours really was an eye opener. As an example defending yourself at arms reach distance with a .45 is lively to say the least... Doing this in a one on one situation allowed Joe to push me to my limits. He did so and I'll bug him again to be sure.
Anyway, in my opinion for me, this was a great way to renew my CCW, hope I never need it.