We had one lady in the class, Eddi. She ran a 20 gauge
semi-auto shotgun during the course. Here she is doing an emergency reload
from behind cover, early in the course. As the sessions wore on, we all
worked on not hugging cover as we moved from one location
to another, shooting and moving and reloading. It was a struggle for most
of us but near the end, we were all improving.
We ran a number of drills on the range that required shooting
from various positions one might not usually find one's self in. Being
short (yeah, that's me) has its advantages every once in a while.
In this drill, a shape was called out by the instructor as the
shooter moved from column to the next column. With Eddi and I being the two
shortest shooters in the class, we both had to stand on tip-toe to sight through
the upper row of shapes. This would be one of those instances were being
short certainly wasn't an advantage.
At least I didn't have to stand on my tip-toes for this shot.
With these barrels at different heights, the drill was to start at
one of the barrels and then shoot your way down range, about 25 yards, while
using available cover and concealment. On or about the 15 yard line, a
pair of steel poppers were positioned and the goal was to eliminate them while
moving down range. After the poppers, the steel targets on the berm were
fair game after a quick handgun transition. Shooting while moving was
stressed over and over in every drill and scenario we ran.
Rich, an instructor and ex-LEO, provides some input while a
tactical reload is underway. Did I mention that there were lots of nice
shotguns attending this course? <grin> I believe three of us were
running EOTechs.....a few had Aimpoints.....and there were some of the other red
dot optics too.
As I mentioned earlier, we used the handgun a fair amount.
The 4 day Defensive Handgun course specs 600 rounds of ammo for the course.
I shot just under half of that during this course, which is a shotgun course.
The handgun is heavily integrated into this course. I burned roughly 750
rounds of shotgun shells over the 4 days (bird, buck, and slugs). If you
are looking to shoot, then ATS is the class you want to be in.
Gary, my range buddy for the past years at Front Sight, poses for a pic. Gary got me started some 5 years ago at Front Sight when he invited me and about 36 other co-workers to his birthday party at Front Sight. We practice together here in the Phoenix area too. Gary is running a Winchester SX2, the same design as my FNH SLP, with an Aimpoint red dot optic. He installed the pistol grip stock on it himself.
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