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TigerSwan Blogshoot Roundup

I thought I would give you a roundup post of all the other bloggers who attended the TigerSwan blogger shoot. We had 10 people attending, 6 bloggers and 4 friends. Here are the posts
Larry, at Last Refuge of a Scoundrel was pleased, though humbled by it all,
But he quickly rallied, and  planned his training going forward.
George, at Newbie Shooter offers his initial impressions
Then he talked about how TigerSwan stressed fundamentals
John of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money discusses what I think is the single most important training method in shooting.
Larry learns one of the essential truths about training
George, the only one of us to have attended Gunsite compares and contrasts them in
Knitebane learned as much about teaching as he did about shooting
George offers his final report card on the experience
And John has a similar view
I couldn’t agree more.
My final evaluation is HERE

Update: A late addition from Arms are the Mark of a Free Man,
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Father-Daughter bonding

Do you know what this is?
It’s a photo of a proud papa at TigerSwan, shooting next to his daughter. Dad spent quite a bit of time in the US Army Special Forces. His daughter outshot him. And dad was as pleased as anyone about it.

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Brian Searcy weighs in on the Caliber Wars™

Which is better, 9mm, .40S&W, or .45ACP? Now I have long been a .45ACP man. Bigger is better, right? So while I was taking the TigerSwan Introductory Pistol class, I asked the lead instructor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Brian Searcy what he thought.
Brian has 16 years with the US Army’s Tier 1 counterterror unit, commonly called Delta Force. He’s been all around the world carrying basically whatever he’s wanted. I thought it would be crass to ask him how many people he’s shot, but it’s a fair bet that he’s had to shoot people. Given that he said during class, “I’ve never seen anyone shot in the pelvis that didn’t drop like a sack of potatoes,” and “I’ve seen people shot in the jaw, and in the top of the head get up and walk away, but I’ve never seen anyone shot in the eye orbits get back up,” he’s probably shot his share of people. Here’s what he said.
“Get a 9mm. Civilians are not limited by the Geneva Conventions and can carry hollowpoints. A 9mm hollowpoint is devastating. Plus 9mm is cheaper and you can practice more”
He said that “The Unit” has gone to carrying .40 S&W, but only because they can’t use expanding ammo in combat.
I guess that shoots my “bigger is better” theory right in the backside.
Did I mention that I got a chance to shoot his personal Glock 17? It’s the same one they sell at their pro-shop. First shot hit on a steel man size silhouette at 65-75 yards. I missed the other 6 shots, but I did hit it once.

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How far is 25 meters anyway?

I have to say, shooting from retention (the hip, really) and then backing up while blasting away at the target is a lot of fun. God help anyone who makes that necessary, because they are in for a world of hurt. The problem is that it really doesn’t teach you how to shoot well.
A group of bloggers and our friends took a one day Introductory Pistol class at TigerSwan on Saturday. I have taken the class before, so I knew what I was in for. The other guys had about the same reaction I had the first time I saw what we were faced with. We stepped up to the line and looked at our targets.
This is a standard NRA B-8 target. We came for a class on Tactical Shooting, and we got a bullseye. What was worse, they stuck the bullseye at 25 meters. If you’ve never tried to shoot for accuracy at 25 meters, it’s a humbling experience. As they liked to say, everyone can shoot like a rock star at 7 yards. When you stretch out that distance to 25 meters, little problems like poor sight alignment, poor trigger control, weak or incorrect grip, and lack of follow through make a big difference. They just sort of leap out at you.

There’s one other thing that shooting a bullseye at 25 meters does for you. When you step up to a USPSA standard silhouette at 10 meters, it becomes an easy shot.

After two hours of shooting at a B-8 target, you’ve redefined what you think of as accurate. You are unhappy with yourself for missing the A-Zone when only 2 hours ago you would have been perfectly happy to have hit the cardboard.
I can’t wait until I start to get emails from the other shooters telling me that when they went to their home range and ran the target all the way out, it was still too close. That’s certainly how I felt after finishing the class last time.
The last half of the class we spent on target transitions, tempo changes, even extreme transitions of more than 120 degrees of arc. But the most fun was shooting from retention. Weak hand up and protect the head, pistol clear of the holster and three quick shots to the pelvis. Back up at an angle, arms extended, firing (and easily hitting) center mass. Like I said, God help anyone I ever need to use that particular skill on. But in the end, it was the icing on the cake after I had finished the meat, potatoes, and my veggies.

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TigerSwan Teaser

I’m just now getting home from the TigerSwan Intro Pistol blogger class. I will have a few posts about the class, but right now isn’t the time to write them. In upcoming posts I will talk about a few things.
1.       You know, 25 meters really isn’t that far with a pistol.
2.       Having a class with two Georges, two Pauls, two Seans and a John really isn’t as confusing as it sounds.
3.       A review of my Revision Sawfly eye protection. (Short review, really great!)
4.       Brian Searcy, the COO and President of TigerSwan weighs in on the Caliber Wars™
5.       The story of how a daughter outshot her former Special Forces father, and dad couldn’t be prouder.
6.       We really need to do this again.
I’ve got this all at the ready.
Look for it all over the next few days.
Here are the links to the other bloggers that attended. Visit them to hear what they thought of the class.
And a special thank you to our friends, George and Erika, Sean and Lynell who rounded out our class. All four shot well and were good company.

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Right now I am in class

Stuck in school on a beautiful Saturday. Should you feel sorry for me?

I’ll bet you don’t feel sorry for me a bit.
After action report to follow later, probably Sunday or Monday.
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What I’ll be doing on Saturday

I will be spending this Saturday with a group of five bloggers and five friends.
The eleven of us will be here
We will be getting first class pistol instruction from this guy (Brian Searcy)
Jealous? Don’t be. We still have a spot or two available. Email for details. $220 for the class.

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Three weeks until the shooting class at TigerSwan

In just three weeks we will meet at the TigerSwan training center and take our Intro to Pistol class.

I have four spots still open in the class. $220 gets you a spot. Bring a pistol, 500 rounds of ammo, a holster, mags, carriers, and a sturdy belt. For $350 you get a spot in class and they will loan you a pistol and all the equipment (except the belt) and give you 500 rounds of 9mm.
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Hey! Who’s the loudmouth messing up Breda’s video?

For a good photo of a shot up car, visit New Jovian Thunderbolt’s blog. There’s a video of Breda shooting a Drilling combo rifle/shotgun. Take it from me, that 9.3x74mmR packs a wallop.
There’s even some loudmouth in the back talking while she’s lining up the shot. Watch and see if you can tell who I’m talking about.

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Blogmeet and Shooting Class in October

We have 10 11! students for the TigerSwan Intro to Pistol shooting class on October 22nd.

Confirmed blogger attendees are
Me
We still have 5 spots open for bloggers, readers, or just random people who happen to want to get some high quality pistol instruction. Email me if you are interested.

UPDATE: Knitebane Manor will also be attending!

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