AAR: Red Dot Combat Pistol School February 17 to 19, 2017 - Payne
A fantastic 3 day course with Jon Payne and Cullin Smith ! I've taken other SI pistol courses prior, but this is a 1st that is specifically focused on the red dot pistol. My equipment - S&W MP core with RMR, 5 mags (wish I brought more), and a HSGI dual pistol mag paddle holder. This AAR is not about Glock vs S&W, as in my pic I have both. My RMR G19 milled by SI has served me well through several SI classes. This time, it was the S&W's turn. I made it a point before I trust my life and family to any piece of arsenal; a SI class is a perfect opportunity to earn its place in my household. So, it fired 100% without any ammo issues (both steel and brass). 1000 rounds were brought, leaving only 103 rounds left of training ammo. The HSGI pistol holder worked perfectly, allowing me to use both S&W and glock mags for training. This holder was purchased for training, not my EDC. Of yes, Uplula mag loader is a plus for both loading and unloading depending upon the exercise at the time.
Just a summary - introductions, medical procedures, firearm rules, and paperwork. Then onward to zeroing of RDS vs irons, from low-ready, from the holster at various distances from 3 up to 25 yards, and lots of dry fire. Getting off the "X" from different angles (11, 1, 7, 5, 9, and 3 o'clock). Jon also covered RMR maintenance and the SI RMR field kit. Barrier were set up and we practiced both sides of the barrier, kneeling and standing. One handed shots (both hands). Another plus is the 2 person system where your partner ensures that you have your optimal grip, sight picture, etc. The SF drill was fun and very informative too. Hitting steel from various distances was awesome.
The Cedar Ridge Range was a returned trip for me, its a very good range. Many thanks to Eric to host this class. With San Antonio close by, my family was also along for the trip as there's plenty of shopping at the Outlet stores, Sea World, 6 Flags Fiesta, Alamo, and visiting friends. Many thanks to my classmates, catching up SI brothers and meeting new ones. Texas weather doesn't disappoint, you just never know that she will do. Everyone was prepared to trained regardless of the weather brought to us. That is who we are, that is what we do. We often joke that the weather person is gets paid well to get things wrong.
The skills learned from this class now must be practiced at home given how perishable they can be. I always learned new skills while accessing my strengths and areas of improvement. Trust me, if your trigger discipline isn't there it will show once the distance increases. My journey continues.....
Oh...there was 2 Glock PDW in attendance. Talk about a eye-opener of its capabilities. Working both left and right hand - done, no issues. Then add a suppressor which these did have (Thanks to Jon & Bubba ! ) it just went up another level. I have to starting saving up $$ (G17, PDW kit, suppressor, RMR - I'm sold )
Folks, if you have a RDS pistol; SI will teach you to extract every potential out of it. You and your family certainly deserves it. And for the PDW kit, no brainer. Gabe has it on sale to get your Glock 17 up to speed.
IDR 10/16/10, IDP 1/8/11, FRS 2/5/11, KRG 3/19/11, AKRG 4/2/11, TMCO 6/4/11, CRG 7/9/11, ACRG 11/12-13/11, VGFF 3/3/12, ATM 4/21 - 4/22/12, GA - 5/4/12, LGPSP 05/26 - 5/27/12, 0-5Ft 6/09 - 6/10/12, CPM 8/11/12, ACPM 8/18/12, PSP 4/6 - 4/7/13, FRS 9/7-9/8/13, ATM 10/26-10/2713, ACRG 11/9 - 11/10/13, GS1 6/7-6/8/14, RGF-3 10/11-10/12/14, RGF4AK: 6/27-6/28/15, Fusing Knife / Pistol: 7/17-7/18/15, HITTS 5 Shotgun 8/2/15, CRG3: 4/2-4-3/16, HRO2 & CQB 9/30 - 10/2/16, RDS Pistol 2/17 - 2/19/17