I thought I would share with the brotherhood the new training course I am running this year. We call it the Practical Tactical Shooters and we will run this twice a month until November.
Basically it is a bring any gun you own to the gun fight course. I run one shoot for long guns and another for pistol/PCC. I use IDPA metrics and frangible targets. The course is simple, no zombie hordes, shoot from blind barricades, movement, and no shoot targets. Shooters get to run the course again and again until we run out of time.
Last week was our first shoot. I had a guy show up with a .38 snubby that he bought in the 60s and has not shot since he bought it. (After a good cleaning I let him shoot). The course was very simple: I set up two blind barricades 3 yards apart. In front of the first barricade was a single IDPA target and a white no shoot hostage they had to shoot around. The second barricade was two IDPA targets. Each shooter had to put 2-shots in the B-zone or better.
Now I know what you are all thinking, that such a course is too easy. But I would also argue that it is more realistic. Most of my gunslingers didn’t show up but I did get a lot of new shooters.
However, those of my gunslingers who did show had a great time! And they found it to be a challenge in a different way.
The first time I ran it with my PCC my time was 9 seconds. My last run through was 4.88 seconds! (I don’t care who you are, 6 shots on three separate targets from two different positions out of a long gun in under 5 seconds is fast!!!) Now all of my competition gunslingers are signing up for the next clinic to see if the can beat the “old man.”
And that is my goal. To have a practice/clinic that includes everyone in a realistic setting. No race gear. Must take full cover. (Did I mention that on position two you had to drop to one knee and fire?) But most of all I want people to run stages over and over again so they can see immediate growth.
We started with 5 guys, its Sunday am and I already have 23 folks signed up for the next shoot!