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    Default Dynamics of the Shotgun - Jacksonville, Jan 13 2012

    I was fortunate to attend the SI course Dynamics of the Shotgun this past Friday instructed by Randy Harris. This was one of the one day HITS classes, but I don't know that a two day class could have included much more information, just more repetitions of specific training routines. My shoulder was probably appreciative that it was a one day class - 175 or so shells in one day was plenty!

    The day started with some classroom instruction which included a little history, appropriate safety discussion, learning various carry methods and ways to carry extra ammo and also allowed us much dry run type practice drills. All classroom time was interesting and the hands on (dry run) portions really helped us understand what we would be doing so this was very beneficial once we were out on the range.

    The course covered such things as patterning different types of shot at various distances (VERY informative!), transitioning to shooting from your "weak side" and also transitioning to your pistol - ALL aspects of shotgun usage that that I found useful and can practice on my own. Much like a rifle class, we shot on the move while getting off the X and we also spent time (all afternoon as necessary) practicing reload methods and such things like transitioning from shot to a slug. Once we practiced shoulder transfers while stationary we started practicing them while moving. I found this to be to be a lot of fun. (We are allowed to think of some of this as fun aren't we?)

    Anyway, if you have attended a SI gun course you get the picture. We were taught shotgun safety, handling and shooting.

    Now, please allow me to share my perspective and thoughts on this class, aside from just some of what we did. This I direct to those folks that "lurk" here or have never been to a gun training class.

    This is the Warrior Talk forum and many here are military or have served and/or may be or have been in law enforcement. No doubt there are those here that can take down an 800 pound Grizzly Bear with just their tactical pen and have the look that would make inner city thugs wet themselves and run home to momma... but, that's not the norm among us "average" people.
    Aside: I'm 50+ years old and weigh a whopping 170ish (with waning eyesight and an even worse memory) and have attended exactly ZERO gun training courses before my first SI class this past year.

    For you that are also new to this, trust me when I say that the people you will train with (in MY 3 class experience) are also just your average folks. Sure, some will have more experience/knowledge/strength/whatever, but I have found other students to be friendly and helpful. Randy Harris has been the instructor in all 3 of my classes so far and while he may be able to take on that Grizzly, he has always been a patient and highly competent teacher.

    I had NEVER shot a 12 gauge shotgun before this Dynamics of the Shotgun class, yet went away feeling that I can now safely handle this weapon comfortably and with a reasonable feeling of confidence.

    I had NEVER shot an AK before my Rifle Fighting Skills class but left there feeling that I had a good grasp on using that weapon and a solid base for future training.

    While I HAD previously practiced with my Glock 17 before the Close Range Gun Fighting course, it was all stationary range work. The training in this class is beyond "must have", it could well be life saving.

    What I am trying to share here is that if you are new to shooting DO NOT be hesitant to sign up for training classes as I was. No one makes fun of or criticizes "the new guy" here. You are going to receive the best possible instruction (what good is that gun if you don't know how to use it?) from top notch instructors and train with folks not unlike yourself. Granted, there are advanced courses that you want to work your way up to (as I plan to) so start with the basic courses or courses that match your skill/comfort level.

    None of us were born instinctively knowing how to drive a car, we had to be taught. Same applies to gunmanship. I can't possibly recommend the Suarez training courses highly enough.

    And, I lack the words to properly thank Randy for his instruction and guidance through my 3 classes in such a manner as to express my appreciation for what I have taken away from these experiences. Thank you Randy, see you in May!
    Last edited by rockhound; 01-17-2012 at 02:26 PM. Reason: spellin'
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