After Action Reviews
My time with SwampRat - AKA Terry Hall Enterprises
Hey folks, I wanted to take a few moments and share a little about my time with Terry (SwampRat), and his combined Advanced Pistol I & II class. While many of you have trained with him before, this was my first time taking any sort of professional training (short of my CWFL class), and I suspect there are quite a few others who visit the forum that have also had very minimum (if any) levels of gun training. If that describes you, I highly encourage you to get some more formal instruction, and in particular I recommend Terry's classes wholeheartedly!
When I contacted Terry about his class, it was because I wanted to take the combined I & II course, but I was out of town on the weekend he offered it. After I sent him an email explaining my situation, not only was he willing to hold the class again the very next weekend so that I could attend, he did it for the same reduced price he had offered a week earlier. And, he was still willing to teach the course when I was the only one that signed up for that day - So, I received 8 hours of private, one-on-one instruction for the group class price (currently $200)! That sort of flexibility and accommodation is rare and I am very grateful for it.
When I met Terry on the day of training, my first thought was, "Wow. This is one gnarly dude!" But, after talking with him for quite a long while, I came to realize he is extremely knowledgeable on the issues of self-defense as a whole - not just gun skills. And his knowledge comes from first-hand experience in military, civilian, and martial art combat, not a training manual. That gave me a lot of confidence in the things he was teaching me about defensive mindset, the body's reactions to stress, and proper pistol technique.
As a teacher, Terry was patient and direct. He had the ability to spot little things that were causing me to have trouble, (e.g., I was breaking my wrist over, or my eyes were not tracking the targets properly). The capacity to observe those sorts of things was impressive and extremely helpful. He also balanced encouragement with confrontation so that I was stretched but never became too frustrated. For example, at one point he said, "That was great! You are a quick learner." At another point when my shooting was underwhelming he said simply, "Dan, I am not impressed." A teacher that rides the extremes of coddling or frustrating their student will not help them grow. Terry did neither, and I am a better shooter because of it.
I left with a great deal of knowledge and exercises to work on back home. I have no doubt that practicing the skills I was taught will make me much more competent with a weapon if I ever needed to use one in self-defense. The biggest realization I walked away with, however, is that dynamic shooting is MUCH, MUCH DIFFERENT than target shooting at a static range. Facing down a 10-ring at 7-15 yards with a relaxed two-handed grip, and firing slowly after achieving a proper sight alignment is a cake walk. I could do that with no trouble - and I thought that made me a decent shooter. But it wasn't until I was firing on the move, transitioning between targets, and ramping up my trigger speed that I realized how dangerous that myth can be. At 10-12 feet, firing three shots from a half-hip position, I was getting two shots on target (COM). Not bad, but that third shot really bothered me. Where was it going? Perhaps into the bank teller to the left of the robber I just shot? Or into the car window parked at the curb when I was being mugged while walking through Ybor City one evening? Any of those (and an infinite number of others) could be possible, and scared me to death.
Now, if you are reading this and haven't had any formal training, you are probably thinking what I would have thought in your shoes - "Yeah, but I'm a better shot than you. I am sure I can get all 3 of my shots on paper." So, my challenge to you is this: prove it. Go sign up for a dynamic, defensive pistol class (with Terry, or anyone else) and prove it. If you can land your shots, great. If not, perhaps you will realize just how dangerous you can be carrying a weapon you don't fully know how to use.
Terry's class was exactly what I needed. It was challenging, fun, and gave me a lot more confidence that I would know how to proceed if I find myself in a shoot-or-die scenario. Plus, Terry's a pretty good guy to talk to. I'm already looking at my calendar and ammo supplies to figure out when I can get out there again! Many thanks to SwampRat for opening my eyes this past weekend!
Wife's CWL/First Step pistol with Terry Hall
The Mrs. and I met Terry at the range today so she could do her CWL class and first step pistol class. Terry is amazing and has a natural way of putting people at ease. We laughed and learned and found out that she is not a bad shot either (so I better stop pissing her off now) She now has a grasp of the basics and had a smile from ear to ear after shooting. As our time with the gnarly old man came to an end and we got back in the car, the first words out of my wife's mouth were "I like him he's really nice"
At this rate we might have to start calling him teddy bear instead of gnarly old man.
Thank you Terry we will see you again soon for sure!
Terry, those two have not stopped talking about their class. All they want to know is when I am bringing them back to see Terry.
Last Sunday, Mrs. Mirage and I took the Mother and Father of our first grandchild to visit Terry. My daughter had a few range trips under her belts when she was a child, she is 24 now and my son-in-law had actually shot a handgun twice prior to last Sunday. My poor daughter bless her heart is blessed/cursed with being somewhat ambidextrous. The jury is still out as to whether this makes her better or worse with both hands or either.
Terry took her under his under his wing and somehow managed to take her from nervous, clumsy and probably more than a little scared and somehow gave her the confidence to follow his instructions and made her into a confident and safe new shooter with a giant thirst for more training and knowledge. I don't have a lot of experience with a lot of firearms instructors, maybe half a dozen or so. I cannot imagine any instructor doing a better job of projecting confidence and competence and making a student feel safe and secure enough to learn. Once my daughter decided she was ready to learn there was no doubt who we were going to visit.
There is a new M&P 9mm at my Grandsons house now and he is safer for it being there. He is safer in his day to day existence, at the store, on the road and where ever they might go because Terry has a unique knack for opening peoples eyes to the potential dangers that surround us every day and making them aware and observant. Thank you for that Mr. Hall.
As for my son-in-law, I hate him........ Little Bastich takes one class and he is a better shot than many experienced shooters I know. He is a natural shooter with great eye hand coordination. What we train and practice to do, he just does without trying.
Thanks, Terry. My family is safer because of you.
Especially this little guy.
Advanced Pistol 2
I finished T.H.E. Firearms Training Advanced Pistol 2 class
( http://www.terryhallenterprises.com/ ). Fantastic class with lots of personal attention to help me with my drawing and posture issues. Terry's small classes offer individuals the opportunity to receive quality personal training time.
We were able to advance through areas I was comfortable with and to concentrate on areas that gave me problems. I never felt like I was left hanging or had to move on through to meet demands of the schedule.
I was able to fire plenty of rounds (250 in the 4 hour class), and every draw was from a concealed holster. The drawing and firing with one hand in itself would have been enough to satisfy me.
I am looking forward to when my schedule allows me to take the advanced pistol 3 class. I recommend anyone looking for a half-day class where they receive a full days training to contact Terry and reserve a spot on one of his classes.
Advanced 3 Pistol Class
I can only say this at this point in time I have had to re-evaluate the way I look at everything. I can say that my eyes have been opened and my brain to thinking all of you who read this that think your way ahead of the curve and are very well prepared think again you will be in for a surprise. I will even go as far as to say you could even be a danger to yourself and those around you.(aka as maybe a False sense of security)
I don't care to read that the chances of you being a victim is so and so % that total BS The fact is you never know when you will be approached you think you would be ready where as actually you could be killed think about that one for a change you could be dead unless you are OK with dyeing you keep going on with everyday life of that false sense of security.
Terry you have accomplished what you set out to do you have us all wondering what the hell to right and to be honest this I'm writing now is some scary shit!!!
The mere Idea of the fact that we go out everyday yes we look around and check our awareness but guess what at sometime or another you will drop the freaking ball and thats when it will happen when you least expect it you think you can react? do you really think you can draw that gun under pressure? and make your shot count? There are so many variables but reality is reality Ladies and Gentleman there is a truth out there and trust me when I tell you take this form of training and your chances may be increased a bit more Practice what you learn and it will be increased even further Practice til it becomes a part of you.
I keep reading about I went to the range and shot the 10 ring out of the target that is all great as for getting the feel of your gun but infact your not getting the feel of your gun whats the gun feel like under stress how will you handle your self when the brain just stops because of to much info coming in at once too fast.I can sit here and tell you this class gets you to really think and re-evaluate your position on weather you are ready.Its a battle a battle of wits and fear. I guess most of this may only make sense to those who took the class and those who have taken terry wills and brownies class in the past. So if your reading this and it doesn't make any sense to you then get some training.
I do want to take a moment to thank Terry for a wonderful class mental linguistics man still has me thinking. Eric you set the bar your awesome dude.
Jim it is always great to see you again bro great training with you.
Scott can shoot good for an old guy and he can move along with the best of them it was a great day.
Thanks to all of you.
I drank the training Kool-Aid
I took T.H.E. Firearms Training Sightless-1 point shooting course on Saturday and I have seen the light.
I have no desire to debate the merits of training versus no training (that has been done to death around here) but I will tell you that unless you take the time to attend one of these classes you cannot fully understand what you are missing.
By the end of the day Terry had me doing things that I would not have believed possible the day before. On top of that I was doing them faster I could have imagined. Keep in mind this was 1 course, the tip of the iceberg so to speak. I am completely stoked about what I could do with additional training.
The only negative came Saturday night when I was jerking awake in the middle of the night thinking I heard Terry yelling LEFT, RIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT
So thanks Terry for opening my eyes. I look forward to our next course.
Training with Terry Hall
Over a more than 30-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor I've had a chance to meet a wide variety of people with colorful personalities: killers, celebrities, inventors, common folks, slightly warped loons and the truly stone crazy. So give that whatever weight you want when I tell you that Mr. Hall is definitely in my top 10 of interesting people I've come face to face with on this earth. But then anyone who looks you in the eye and says, "The first one to get metal on meat wins the gunfight. It's that simple" is going to have personality with a kaleidoscope of colors.
My encounter with Terry came Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Volusia Gun and Hunt Club - a particularly nice facility that is just south of BF Egypt. But then anyplace that allows for 800-yard rifle shots ought to be a smidge outside the city limits. Even though I had shot IDPA for the past couple of years and try to get to Gateway in Jax at least once a month to stay familiar with a Taurus PT111, this message board (floridaconcealedcarry.com) has done a lot to convince me that I hadn't even scratched the surface of knowing how to use a handgun.
After four hours with Terry in the Sightless I class, all doubt was erased. I didn't know a damn thing. Bad grip, wrong mag drop and retention, holster issues and improper stance-there was a lot that needed to be repaired. I have to admit I never imagined that I would be learning how to "zipper" another human being, or going "SQL" before using a handgun technique good to prevent a carjacking. None of this is office water cooler talk where I work (maybe it should be) and it was somewhat intimidating for the uninitiated. But if dealing with another stupid yuppie that suddenly discovered handguns for self-defense irked Terry he didn't show it. He's a pro that walks the walk and definitely seems to care about training anyone that wants to safely carry a concealed handgun.
His been-there-done-that perspective is compelling, too. Those years as a reporter has given me a pretty good BS meter. Yet when Terry was talking about some of his past experiences - two gun fights, being stabbed, combat experience-the meter never went off. Instead, it solidified the belief that what he was saying was true. What all this is leading to is a strong recommendation for taking his classes. Here's the best I can offer: I would send my wife, parents and friends to him without hesitation to receive handgun training. It's that simple.
Of course, I would warn them that he ain't the freakin' maître de at Ruth's Crist. He's a guy telling you how to effectively use a deadly weapon! If there is some colorful language and non-PC descriptions used as he explains half hip, ¾ hip, shoulder shots and nose awareness drills, then so be it. If what you're doing isn't working, he tells you. Bluntly. "I don't watch the clock," he said several times Sunday.* "I've had some four-hour classes go eight hours. We work on it until you get it. Period." Isn't that what you want from a trainer?
Thanks to Mr. Terry Hall, I know a tiny bit of what I didn't know about handgun shooting, and I have some fundamental self-defense drills that can be used to build solid skills. He also said I did all right for a liberal media type. It is much appreciated praise coming from such a highly qualified source.
Thoughts on Sightless II
Had the pleasure of attending Terry Hall's Sightless II class yesterday. First time I've trained with Terry, and I was not disappointed, to say the least.
First, it was a pleasure to finally meet Hodawg. Sir, you are a true southern gentleman, and it was great training with you. I hope you were able to take away a good bit of the information and skills Terry shared with us. Look forward to training with you again in the future.
Myself, Jim45, and Mrs. RCR made up the rest of the guinea pig group. This is the first time I've ever participated in a class with my wife, and it was a blast! Jim, It's always great to train with you...now we have a lot more to work on.
Some impressions/comments on the class.
Part I: Mental aspects
After we all finally made it to class, Terry began the day with what I'll term the Psychology of Violence. It was a great discussion about what we, the average armed citizen are up against in the real world when dealing with violent criminals, with some personal experiences/examples provided by Terry. We also discussed what physically happens to folks in a violent encounter. Very interesting and beneficial.
I think everyone realized the point of the discussion:
It's a dangerous world out there, with real predators. What are you prepared to do?
Part II: Review of Sightless Skills
Off to the range. Terry ran us all through the basic Sightless skills (Two-handed, nose indexed, half-hip, 3/4-hip, point shoulder...basic FSA skills) taking the time to make sure we were up to speed on one skill before moving on to the next. Lots of interesting exercises to to test those skills. We also spent some time on shooting with movement.
If you haven't trained in the sightless/point shooting skills, may I recommend either Terry's Sightless I or Brownie's Threat Focused class. Excellent classes, both, and great skills for the real world.
Part III: Advanced skills
In this part, we spent a good deal of time shooting on the move. Moving towards the target, moving away, angles, etc...All excellent skills and drills
Terry also introduced us to CenterAxisRelock (CAR) techniques as well as transitions from the SUL position into CAR shooting, and different scenarios where these techniques can be employed. This was new stuff for me, and I really enjoyed it.
This synopsis in no way conveys all the shooting we did under the eye of an experienced and excellent instructor. We went through a LOT of different exercises when training all of the separate skills. I could not do justice to that in print...you just gotta go DO IT!
My overall impression of the class was excellent. A lot of information/new stuff, but not so much that we melted down. Terry is an excellent teacher, and presented everything extremely well. It was fun to see him get excited when talking about different aspects of what we were learning. He was definitely 'into' what we were doing.
A couple of things I think would be beneficial to future classes...
In Part I, I think it would be good to include some information about Awareness/Avoidance in regards to threats in the real world. I realize time is limited and entire classes are dedicated to this information, but this is the kind of information EVERYONE needs to have.
Lots of good info in this thread, if you haven't read it:
I thoroughly enjoyed the day of training, and I can't think of a whole lot that I'd tweak with it. All the information and skills we covered are useful and practical, and I know there are a few other things Terry would have liked to have done, but couldn't, given the weather. Possibly reducing the time spend on CAR/SUL could make room for these in future classes.
Developing classes of any kind is an evolutionary process, and I know from attending this inaugural class and Terry's attitude for training, that this one will only get better.
Thanks, Terry. Had a GREAT time. I'm sore, tired, and mentally drained.
RCR, my friend, I couldn't have summized this any better with a week's worth of forthought. This weekend, even though I had to cut it short, was the best training I have ever had. The whole experience of training with you, Mrs. RCR, Jim, and Terry was worth more than double what I paid for it. I'm going to quit beating the drum about training now, because if you haven't gotten it by now, you're not going to and I'm wasting my time. Suffice it to say that I wouldn't take anything for what I gained this weekend. Hope to see all of y'all again.
As usual, RCR'S AAR was on the money and covered many of the topics that I whole heartily agree. From starting from the mental aspects, it can be a very violent world out there, it was a eye-opening discussion to open the class, to going over the Sightless skills, and then to the advanced skills which tested me and my fellow classmates. Terry explained the drills before we hit the line and continued during the drills. Bringing a timer into the class brought a different feel and stress into the class. At times, instead of barking fire, we would have to wait for the beep of the timer, helping in getting your reaction time and awarness up. Great stuff! The CAR and the SUL techniques were new to me as well, and now I see where it could be a lifesaver. Another tool in the toolbox!
Thankyou Terry for a great class, I really enjoyed my day with you. Thanks for letting me be a part of your initial Sightless II class. Also, it was good to meet Mr Hodawg, hope you are feeling better sir, it was a very hot day.Always good to be with my good friend RCR and his Mrs! Thanks again for what you do!
Folks, you would be well served to take a class from Terry. You will get your monies worth and then some. And like RCR had said, if you have not taken a sightless and or point shooting class, consider Terry's Sightless I or Brownies upcoming Threat Focus class., you will be well served taking them, I have taken both!
Thank You Terry
I attended Terry's Advanced Pistol 2 class today. What a class and a Class act guy. I've spent most of my life shooting something or another, but never had any real training till today. I'm afraid I've been ruined in the fact I'll never be able to just stand and shoot at paper any more.If you're like me and think you know something then go see what you really know. After I get my draw down and speed up I'll be BACK Terry. I would like to add also what I learned today may one day save my life. Again Thank You Terry
A big THANK YOU from me also Terry. You opened my eyes to self defense shooting. I cant get over how much I learned from you in the last two days. Actually I am still processing it, I am still thinking about what you taught me. To be honest I was a little skeptical about whether or not I would get my monies worth out of the training. It was definitely money well spent. I think that the advanced pistol 1 & 2 classes should be taught to anyone that wants to conceal and carry. Unless you know and practice these basic fundamentals, you will not be prepared when the SHTF. Prior to these classes, I had been shooting a couple hundred rounds a month at the range, I had practiced drawing my pistol, and even dry firing at home. I felt like i was prepared. THANK YOU Terry for showing me what i didnt even know I need to know. As Vince Lombardi says "Practice doesnt make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect."
Had my first advanced, at least for me, training class today
with Terry Hall. The main thing I knew going in to this class is that I don't
know enough. Also, I don't know what I don't know. I've practiced drawing my
9mm from my Little Bear Holster at home, but have never drawn and fired. Having
an instructor there was most definitely the right thing. Sure I can get my gun
out and point it forward, but I was developing bad habits. Terry was able to
show me what I was doing wrong, & correct it as best as he could in the 3
hour one on one training. I have a nasty habit of bringing my arm across my
body and then cocking my wrist. By the end of the session the habit was being
fixed. Still not perfect, but a whole lot better. We started out with 2 handed
press and shoot, no sights were used. Moved to ½ hip, then ¾ hip then ½ into ¾
and finally ½ into ¾ into (sorry Terry don't remember the term) full extension.
All one handed. Slow draw at first then a little faster, then slow again then
faster. Each time adjusting and correcting.. Shot from 3' and about 7' and
about 12'.. The distance determining what draw and fire technique was used..
Taurus performed nearly flawless. Had an FTRTB and the occasional double feed.
I think a few of the issues were due to the dirt in the pistol. And some maybe
due to the ramp needing a little F&B. And some due to limp wristing.
Dropping the pistol in the dirt slowed
me down for a minute but Terry cleaned it up with some Break Free and back out
we went. After approx 400 rounds we called it a day..
A few more thoughts on today..
Shooting, like reading, is fundamental, good basics = good results
I like my pistol. Looks like any further $$ spent on guns will be on
and ammo..(Apparently you can't have enough magazines
In my opinion caliber is not that important...From 6 feet away I was
to get 12 rounds of 9mm on target in about 4 seconds. Don't know
too many people capable of withstanding that kind of abuse..
Little Bear makes a nice holster.. Thanks Dave. Worked like a charm.
Take lessons from a professional.. Money well spent..
Practice, practice, practice... Your
life may depend on it...
Terry. I'll be back for round 2 in the not too distant future.
½ hip, ¾ hip, and full extension really amazed me.
to begin with, I sucked at ½ hip, but the groups came together. Only issue I
had was that when Terry would say, "good job!" he'd jinx me and I was back
outside the 8" oval/circle and had to bring them back in.
The ½ hip on the move side stepping to the left or right was a real eye opener
I definitely had fun, learned a lot, just got to work on
my elbow placement on ½ hip. I just did some drawing here at the house at a
spot on the wall (blue painters tape) and worked on sinking my elbow into my
hip or trying to holster my elbow while doing the Elbow up, Elbow down. It's
coming together, just need more live fire practice.
Well First off I would like to Thank Terry for opening my
eyes, while like most, I spent time going to the range and thought I was
Practicing. I must say its nice to go to the range and learn the feel of your
gun, but to actually learn how to use it is a different story.
I cannot stress enough the importance of training, what I learned today was
totally impressive to draw and shoot instinctively.
often go to the range and think of where we are going to hit on the target
using the sights well today was a whole different ball game learning to draw
and not think but focus on a point and draw from the hip not even thinking but
actually seeing where the bullets were landing.
always remember what's always been said when it comes down to it you are not
gonna have time to take a moment and line up the sights so today was a very big
eye opener for me.
the beginning I was all over the place as time went by I saw my groupings
coming together, one thing i can say i like the half hip after awhile i was
shooting half hip and groupings were very close, it doesn't take long to pick
up on also learning to draw shooting while moving not much of that gonna be
learned on the range. I can tell you after today i feel a lot better knowing
what I have learned.
had brought my FNP9,XD9sc and Taurus and used everyone of them learned that I
was quicker and more accurate with the FNP9, and yes I as Bones mentioned I had
a jam with my XD9sc not the guns fault was my fault little piece of paper
apparently got stuck to a round didn't see it, well that round didn't feed so
nope wasn't the guns fault. I also used my Taurus PT111 pro was a good shooter
thing you will also learn from this class is if the holster your using works
well for you in a bad situation. I will not use a com-tac paddle holster
anymore. I drew from the holster and it came out with the gun. It wasn't a gun
thing so its gone.
you will find out if your gun actually fits your hand when i say fits your hand
I mean when you reach for it will it be there for you to grab you will know if
the grip is right or not, if the trigger on the gun is to heavy or if its just
right, better to find out during this type of Training then to find out when it
thing I would like to add for those of you interested in Terry's class going
south get on here and let him know, enough of you guys get together you will
have an awesome class.
Basic training, if you think you are training standing under
a roof with a bench in front of you holding your extra ammo and a bottle of water
putting holes in paper, you are kidding yourself. If you spend some time with
Terry at the range you will get a whole new perspective on speed, time and
distance. I would recommend this training to anyone who knows, that in a
stressful situation, you WILL fall back on your training, hopefully you have
some. If not O-WELL ! Thanks
Terry & a good time was had by all.
If you want to have the odds more in your favor in a gun
fight then you need to take a class that does not involve standing in one spot
the entire time and shooting at your target. After experiencing this class I
can no longer view the traditional indoor range for practice the same way
again. Terry showed us a more practical and realistic side to using a gun to
defend your life when face to face with a BG. The drills we were tasked to do
were carried out using only one hand which to me will be the case in real life
while trying to fend off an attacker or using your other hand to move a family
member out of harms way.
The course progressed at a good pace where everyone could easily follow along
and practice the skills being taught. Terry is a good motivator and he kept the
adrenalin flowing with each new skill. There is and will be an ongoing debate
about sighted vs sightless point shooting but from my experience now that I
have taken this class I can definitely say that sightless (threat focused)
shooting comes naturally to me and is what I will revert to when trying to save
my life. At the distances where most gunfights take place the difference
between life and death comes down to who puts lots of lead on the other person
first. The ½ hip certainly allows you to put lots of lead on target right away.
From now on this is the way I'll train mostly and I'll also do some sighted
shooting for distances out past 20ft.
I will be training with Terry again.
I know others have already posted about today's
experience, but as I also took Brownie's 2-day threat-focused course, I thought
I might add a little from the perspective of someone taking this training for
the second time in just a few weeks.
First, Terry and Will were absolutely amazing instructors. Terry spent quite a
good deal of personal time and attention with each student, and Will gave me
some constructive criticism that I sorely needed to correct my grip and trigger
Today was no-nonsense all around, we did a lot of tactics and shot a lot of
rounds. My precision was not as good as I wanted, but seeing how wide my
groupings were lead to a better understanding of why, and how to correct this.
Terry and Will gave me really great advice on my grip (thank you all!), and
after just about 20 minutes of practicing a different grip my groups were
tighter, more accurate and it became easier to take in my peripheral visuals
with the gun more steady.
Terry and Will: thank you, thank you. Fantastic training in every way
When I took the first 2-day
threat-focused training with Brownie and Terry, I came away knowing I could
never view shooting holes in paper the same way again.
Today's training with Terry and Will locked that in
for me. Terry and Will spend a lot of time with each student today, and I know
for me that knowing these skills has changed my perspective on SD, and that I
need more training.
Today was a great day.
The class was an absolute blast;
in my opinion, the class was more of a confidence boost than anything else. A
confidence boost with a new set of skills learned, the skills will need to be
polished, that won't be accomplished in one class.
For someone like me, this was my first time drawing
from a holster, double tapping and doing anything other than standing still and
sight shooting at a paper target. Since we carry for self defense, traditional
sight shooting doesn't really help much at 7 to 10 yards if shtf. Learning to
shoot quickly and effectively is definitely more important and something that
will save your/my life should it ever reach a point in which a gun fight is
Now I have an idea of what I can do, this will allow
me to better choose a proper course of action should I ever be put in certain
situations, which includes me going home alive.
I also know a few new ways to practice for self
The instructions from Terry and Will was very hands
on, you actually got personal attention and pointers to correct technique if
necessary. It wasn't a "let's just let them fire a few rounds and get out of
here event" which means a lot.
It was also fun meeting everyone and having the
opportunity to train with you guys/gals, hopefully we can do it again.
Just wanted to give another personal thank you to
both Terry and Will. Thank you.
The training was great. Terry
packs a lot into a short amount of time but manages to spend a great deal of
personal time with anyone who needs it (including myself) and gets his share of
ball breaking in as well (that includes me also)...starting pretty basic is
always good as we all tend to develop a bad habit or 2 and its good to work on
a few fundamentals to get everyone on the same page...i was pretty sloppy at
first and tightened things up as we progressed...its easy to see where this is
a continuing education project and its gonna take a lot of practice to improve
and hone the skills as they become more natural...
Having Will there was a bonus...he had some great
helpful hints and allowed Terry to spend more time with us as he spent quite a
bit of time offering personal assistance to anyone who needed it (including
me)...its tough to pack a lot into that amount of time but we progressed
through all of the basic skills and had enough line time to work ‘em in pretty
good...it helped that Terry wasn't watching the clock...he wanted people to own
the skills regardless of the time it took and that's what makes him
special...if you came to learn he was gonna make sure you left feeling like you
Thanks Terry and Will for a great day
This training has opened my eyes
to the type of shooting that I should be doing. For me....it was learning the
new skills. None of my previous training included point shooting or shooting
until empty (that formal training was too many years ago than I like to
mention). It was a totally new concept to me. Terry told me one point to master
the skills & the speed will come with practice. He also told me that I shot
better when I did not think about it, just do it. The time that he and Will
spent with everybody was unbelievable. They have an enormous amount of
knowledge and know how to get you to absorb it. As our esteemed Administrator
stated...this training is what self defense is all about....not standing
stationary & putting holes in a target at your leisure. Not saying that
type of shooting does not have a place...I still enjoy it. But now I have been shown
skills that can save mine or my loved ones life. It is up to me to continue to
hone those skills that were so well taught.
A quick demonstration by Terry showed me I seriously
lack the skills for my own preservation. During hip shooting I drew.... He
drew, fired 2 shots into my target and reholstered before I got a shot off.
Next round I drew, got one shot off and he was already reholstered. In a
scenario like this, who do you think would standing at the end of day??????
I've already stated my thanks to Terry & Will, but will close with
this....If you do not have this type of training....GET OFF THE FENCE AND GO
AND GET IT......the life you save may be your own.
This was my first real world
training class, so I was very excited and a little nervous. This was also my
first time point shooting, drawing and firing from the holster and moving and
firing. I found the moving and firing the most challenging as far as placing
the round where I thought I was focusing on. I absolutely loved the half hip
and was pleasantly surprised that I could do this with more accuracy than I
thought I was capable of. I still need a bunch of practice, but I'm glad that I
now have the fundamentals to know what to practice. Definitely more training
classes will be in the future to help hone the skill and make sure I don't
develop any bad habits.
I'm very thankful for Terry and Will's patience and
attitude of "You will go home knowing this skill". I also appreciate that they
offered the class in a location that made it more feasible for me to drive to