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Posted: 8/21/2009 5:05:01 AM EST
We all know that there is plenty of tactical/defensive training available, which we should all have. However, as someone getting into competitive shooting, how can I seek out training geared specifically toward becoming a better competitive shooter?
Link Posted: 8/21/2009 10:59:47 PM EST
USSA I have no personal experience but they have many classes for many disciplines. Someone else may have some first hand knowledge and can give more input.
Link Posted: 8/24/2009 8:28:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2009 8:29:30 PM EST by Double-E]
Sig Arms Academy hosted several specific classes this year.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:30:34 PM EST
Lots of top level USPSA shooters will hold classes.

Link Posted: 9/27/2009 12:19:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By uglyduck:
USSA I have no personal experience but they have many classes for many disciplines. Someone else may have some first hand knowledge and can give more input.

Yes USSA is a great place to train. I'm a member there and have also taken two handgun fighting classes and am enrolled in the 110 competition handgun class oct. 22nd - 24th. Mike Seeklander will be leading the class but I'm not for sure who else will be teaching with him. I know Phil Strader has also taught some of the competition courses and assisted with some as well but don't know if he will be there or not. Either way I believe I am going to get some great training from a great shooter. Mike is a GM shooter in USPSA fyi...
Link Posted: 3/19/2010 7:00:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By uglyduck:
USSA I have no personal experience but they have many classes for many disciplines. Someone else may have some first hand knowledge and can give more input.


I have taken the competition psitol course with Mike Seeklander and Pat Doyle. Here si a review that I wrote on the Brian Enos forum.

I took the course a month or so ago and learned a lot. Our class had approximately 10 shooters in it so we each got a lot of one on one time with the instructors. The class was taught by Mike Seeklander and Pat Doyle was there as a secondary instructor. Both guys are great shooters and good guys too. The facilities at USSA are top notch! If you haven't been there yet you will be in for a treat. The first day of instruction consisted of setting up your gear correctly for the class that you shoot. We also worked on the draw, sight picture, trigger preparation, trigger sqeeze, grip, stance, watching the sights before during and after the shot breaks, and just about everything else that would be needed to shoot A's everytime. The second day we worked on shooting while moving, target transitions, reloads, picking up a gun and mag off a table, shooting TX stars, shooting swingers, shooting drop turners, mental preparation during a match, proper walk through techniques, visualization, stage breakdown and anything else you can think of that may occur during a match. The big emphasis the entire class was to shoot A's and hit steel on your first shot which I now know is done by watching your sights and calling shots. The 3rd day consisted of an hour or two in the classroom discussing match preparation in regards to how physiological things such as sleep, nutrition and hydration affect your shooting performance. Following the classroom discussion we shot the USSA monthly USPSA match with the instructors. So we had the instructors close by to give us their advice on how to breakdown each stage and then we got to watch them shoot each stage. Then they watched us and critiqued how we did offering up advice on the things we did wrong or could do better. Most times the corrections consisted of Mike and Pat reminding us to use the things we just learned. There was also time set aside for Q&A after the match but most or all if us were tired from 3 days of shooting so we called it quits around 3:00 Saturday.

I am currently a "C" class production shooter and most of the other shooters were C or D class as well. So most of the instruction was geared towards cleaning up and improving upon or beginner bad habits. I feel that I learned all of the techniques I will need to take me to "M" class from this course. Now I just need to practice the techniques. Every shooter in the course was obviously a better shooter on Saturday than on Thursday. I would highly recommend taking the course to anyone. There is no advanced competition pistol course at USSA because they teach you everything you need to "Win the Fight" in the first course. My only regret after the course was that I didn't take it sooner. If I would have taken this in June rather than October I know I would be a "B" or maybe even an "A" class shooter by now. I hope this helps. If you have any specific questions I'd be happy to discuss it over the phone. Just send me a PM.

At USSA they have both USPSA and IDPA matches every month. they had the IDPA nationals there in 2009 and I believe 2010 is there as well. I am not certain but I think the 2008 USPSA nationals were there too. Mike Seeklander is well versed in both shooting sports. The shooters in our class were all USPSA shooters so we focused on the rules associated with that competition. If you need IDPA training they will give you that too. I will say that 80+% of the training is how to shoot and shoot while moving so it works for any action pistol sport

I think we ended up shooting around 1200-1300 rounds including the match on Satruday. I would bring at least the 1500 as recommended though as you could go burn up another 500 rounds on USSA's awesome rogers range which is a range with 8-10 steel plates that rise and fall by hyrdaulics after an adjustable amount of time. I believe it is one of only two such ranges in the country and it is fun, addictive, and will cure your fear of steel quickly. I know it did for me.
Dang I have just about talked myself into taking the course again already.

I am going to take the USSA 3 gun course this spring if my work schedule permits.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 1:50:35 PM EST
I recently took Phil Strader's competition pistol course here in OK. Right now it is running around $300 for 1-2 days of training followed by shooting the local 7 stage match with Phil who gives continual advice before and after your runs on the stages. I highly recommend the class!!!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 12:52:48 PM EST
Sometimes the local shooting clubs will host a training session with a top shooter. Get "plugged into" the local announcements and be ready to pay some money. I did two separate classes in PA and never regretted it. Mal
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:27:58 AM EST
For Service Rifle (Civilian Marksmanship Program / National Rifle Association) I haven't seen much other than the Rifle Small Arms Firing School at Camp Perry (which I've taken)

For Service Rifle training on your own this is the ticket:

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