My first AAR
If you read the description what you see is what you get !! And then some .
I would be categorized as the responsible citizen type with no other formal training ,no competition shooting , just plinking for the past 35 years.
My gear was minimal with 2 Bladetech AR mag pouches , 2 Bladetech pistol mag pouches , 5 (10 rd) pistol mags , 6 (30 rd) AR mags and a OWB Don Hume leather holster all worn a good belt.
1000 rds of misc brass cased ammo for the AR and 300 rds for my pistol. Some in the class shot wolf some shot all brass, run what you brung !
I took a Mega lower,Colt lightweight flattop upper rifle I scrounged together and haven't shot much to put it through it's paces , and because it is my lightest rifle.
This rifle is a simple 16" Colt flattop with an Aimpoint M3 and a flip up BUIS on it and that's about it. Stock Colt handguard, FSB . No lights ,no lasers, no vfg .
My pistol was my old HK Compact 40 , no light , no laser just factory sights.
That's it for the gear and I'll say it's not the gear that matters for this class as you'll be educated on how to use (manipulate) what you have to work with.
Wade was or instructor for the 2 days of training.
I don't really have anything to compare to but learning from and observing his methods of survival lead me to believe that you would be hard pressed to find a more competent instructor. Wade is without a doubt a true professional that loves , lives and breathes his profession(Staying Alive).
The class flowed with the students ability, understanding and proficiency of what was being taught.
I felt like the slow one of the bunch as the rest of the class were into competition shooting of some sort or had been through prior classes of some shape or form. That didn't seem to matter (other than to me a little) but better late than never and we moved on as a team.
We got behind on certain parts of the training but Wade adapted as needed to be certain we were ready for the next exercise.
Range Safety was just that. "SAFE"
What I learned : I'm not going to get into the class drills , Bushido techniques and such as I don't type that fast and I'm still processing what I have learned but I can sum it up in one word. WOW
I have owned guns for a long time and done a good amount of shooting and some hunting , I have my CCW . I guess I have never given real gun fighting tactics a good solid thought and this course was a welcome eye opening experience.
If you own a rifle that fits this course description and enjoy challenge of learning I highly recommend this course.
Am I a skilled gunfighter after these 2 days ? of course not, might I have learned something that may save mine or a family members life ? I hope to never find out but I am certainly better prepared than I was on Fri.
The only thing I regret about the time , money and energy I invested in this course would require a time machine set back to years ago as I wish I had done this sooner.
I am already looking forward some more training , hoping to get on board with this one (Defensive Shotgun
)in Orlando on 8-15 . Hope to see you there.