Hey guys! I thought I would post an AAR on the Defensive Handgun class by Defensive Concepts to better familiarize everyone with what they have to offer. I took the class Mar 3, 2007 in Albemarle, NC. The instructors were Paul Eudy, Steve Hawley, and Chris C. I used a Springfield Armory XD 45acp Compact with UMC ammo and had no unintentional malfunctions all day. Ran 550-600 rounds. What a day! This was a basic class but it showed a lot of the core fundamental techniques laced with some good stuff. This was my first formal class so I don’t have much to compare it with however I felt this was a great class, I took a lot of positive things from it, and thought it was well taught, not too fast or slow and with a good atmosphere. At times you were colorfully given the material in huge chunks and then it was broken down step by step for you to absorb as much as possible.
We were slated to start at 8:30am and we did. This may not be all inclusive but highlights some of the stuff we were run through. We went through the safety brief then Chris, who’s training resume is larger than most college physics books, worked us through draw stroke fundamentals both dry firing and then live firing while moving, vocalizing, and finally assessing, scanning, and tactical and emergency reloading(Wyatt). We also covered the three types of malfunctions. Paul, prior Airborne and Tactical Response instructor, worked us through marksmanship fundamentals as we proceeded to whittle our groups down on DEA Dots. After lunch Steve, prior Marines and Tactical Response instructor, worked us through one hand shooting, shooting while kneeling, shooting with movement(forward, backward, and passing both on the right and the left), and shooting from retention on IPSC silhouettes. Finally, a little over the scheduled break time, we had two end instructor led drills that brought it all together while showing you how much you learned and how much you still have to learn. I thought the last drill especially articulated that while the tools the gave us for our toolbox work great, they may not be the tool you need for every situation and that you still need to have the right mindset of whatever it takes.
All in all I had a blast! I can’t wait for the next class from Defensive Concepts! They were courteous while colorful, kept everything serious but also with a light mood, and overall enjoyable. Thanks guys!
PS: I just sent you a msg about signing up for your Shotgun Class!!