Need a little help with a tactical training course
I have recently got back into shooting upon the urging of my brother. He is more into pistols and I have always been more interested in rifles. I think this is because I am a better shot with a rifle. I looked into taking a 3 day class from Badlands Tactical in Grandfield Oklahoma as I think it would be a fun way to hone my skills and get some much needed help in the pistol department as well as some quality time with my brother. The only pistol I currently own is a 1911 chambered in 10mm and was looking for a little help in deciding on a pistol that would be a good choice to take to a class like this. If any of you guys know anything good or bad about this facility any feedback would be appreciated.
Anything reliable, with a hi round capacity. Glocks, Sigs, M&Ps
I wouldn't hesitate to take a 1911, if I had plenty (4-5 or more) mags. If you can handle the 10mm round for, say, 500 or more shots over 2-3 days, then go for it.
One thing: you should be sure to bring at least one backup pistol in case yours goes TI.
Thanks guys. I may try to round up a few more mags and find a reload with a softer recoil that will allow me to shoot the 700 rounds required for the course.
Shooting a 10mm is asking to beat yourself up. Using reloads is asking for function issues. Both will drastically decrease the amount of learning you'll be able to do.
With a 9mm you'd be looking at about $140 in ammo for 700 rounds. How much more is good 10mm ammo? How much would you save in ammo to put toward a Glock or M&P, holster, mags & carriers?
How much are you spending on the class with food, travel, etc? Are you willing to risk that investment by shooting your 10mm gun & your home made ammo?
Every handloader I know "trusts" their ammo more than factory ammo. Every ammo issue I've seen in a class (taken or taught) or competition was caused by reloads.
It's your money & time- spend it wisely.
so I have been contemplating using a 9mm, but haven't found anywhere I can get 700rds for 140$. Maybe you can point me in the right direction
I've run 1911's in lots of high round count classes. Never a 10mm, but nevertheless. Few things I've learned with 1911's is bring a lot of mags. Depending on the class, I'd typically would run 6 mags on my body 4 in pouches one in the gun and one in my pocket. I have since switched to a 9mm M&P with a manual safety. This allowed for a few things to happen. 1. 9mm is a lot more cost effective compared to .45 especially since I don't use reloads in class, the reason has been stated above. 2. I have increased my ammo capacity greatly going from 8 to 17 makes a big difference. 3. Having a manual safety allows my to stay proficient with the 1911 platform. I can't tell you how many times I've seen guys holster 1911's under stress and forget to put the safety on...scary thought considering it only takes 4 pounds to trip the trigger.
Side note on the 10mm, I was in a 3 day class round count was 1800, last 400 round on TD3 where your carry ammo, so full power loads. Guy was shooting a Glock 29 from a concealment rig, his hand went numb and went to re-holster not knowing his booger picker was still on the bang switch. Luckily all he got was a whole in his pants and a welt on his hand from the slide. After 700 rounds I'd imagine 10mm would wear you out quick.
I get most of my 9mm from WalMart, but will occasionally venture over to the Sportsman's Guide website & take advantage of their 4-payment plan.
Using your 10mm won't make the class pointless but you'll probably get more learning out of it with a less abusive round.