AAR: AFHF Indianapolis October 16-17
I would like to start out thanking Todd and my fellow students for making this a very productive and fun training experience. Without a lot of experience hosting classes youíre always a little nervous how things are going to come off.
First came the prerequisite safety briefing and medical instructions in the event something unforeseeable happened. He then took me and another student who was carrying AWIB aside to brief us on how he wanted us to re-holster.
Todd had everybody line up and do a little shooting test so he could get a baseline on where everybody was performance wise. After that we progressed from drill to drill with minimum delay and kept the pace challenging. This class doesnít have any formal class time or much talking other than Todd explaining what to do and why. However, if anyone had a question Todd took the time to stop and answer to the studentsí satisfaction.
I wonít cover the drills since they have been explained many times in other AARís. Suffice to say that no matter the studentsí skill level they should find things that would help refine their ability to hit, fast.
* The press out does help you get that hit more quickly, more consistently than waiting until the gun is at full extension and then breaking the shot. I know that sounds like a no-brainer but in practice it is harder to accomplish. Consistently getting that front sight up so you can see it is all important in pulling off consistent first round hits at speed.
* Who knew that crouching in a forward lean and camming your support side hand forward would help control muzzle flip so significantly.
* During reloads keep your frigginí gun hand up in your face to look the magazine into the magwell or you will lose time.
* Keep crouching while moving or you will lose speed, stability and fall over your feet when moving backwards.
While we were doing the drills Todd was always close and didnít miss much. He was quick to enlighten you as to your mistake, in some cases taking your gun and showing you how it wasnít the guns fault. Damn him!
I didnít poll the class for what pistols they were using so this is just off the top of my head but it seems most were using full size Glocks, a couple of full size M&Pís and one 1911. IMO, 1911ís especially in .45 ACP are at a disadvantage in this class due to recoil and low magazine capacity. That said, Todd pulled off a couple of 4.6? FAST drills with his HK45.
I would definitely recommend this class to anyone that wants to elevate their skill with a pistol. Todd has solid reasons behind what he does and can explain why which some instructors are short on.
Todd will be back next year for either another AFHF or two of his one day classes.