The 2015 training calendar came to a close with three courses. We had Introduction to Defensive Pistol in the morning of December 12th. Following that course, we moved into an eight hour Low Light Pistol Techniques course. The following day we were back on the range for the NRA Personal Protection in the Home.
It was a great mix of students for these courses. For some, the Introduction to Defensive Pistol was their first formal course. Some shooters had never drawn from a holster, and the course gave them the opportunity to learn a formal draw technique. This was important later in the day when they moved into the low light course and needed to manipulate their firearms in darkness. We spent four hours on the range, learning the fundamental techniques of presentation of the weapon from concealment, clearing malfunctions, reloads, and shooting while moving. It was a fun and lively group of students, and everyone displayed a great attitude towards the material and firearm safety.
At 2:00 PM, we began the Low Light Pistol Techniques course. Much of the work is done in daylight so that students can learn the flashlight techniques and the use of cover while they can still see. I always schedule low light courses on nights when the moon is at its darkest so that the students can appreciate how dark it can get. For this class we had 11 shooters, many of whom had gone through the course before. The course has changed significantly since the first time we ran it, as we always take student feedback into account. Students learned multiple hand-held flashlight techniques, the physiology of the eye and how low light vision works, and how to perform weapon manipulations while maintaining control of their light source. When we moved into dark conditions, students show a Georgia POST approved low light course, were put in a stress course that required them to discriminate against targets using their lights, and then went through a room clearing exercise. We had great feedback from the class. A student After Action Report (AAR) can be found here.
The last class of the season was the NRA Personal Protection in the Home. I enjoy teaching this class because it stresses pre-planning and good decision making. Students learn ways to make their homes less appealing to criminals and how to safeguard their possessions. For many, the range exercises are their first opportunities to learn how to use cover and concealment.
This has been a great year for Sparrow Defense. The business has acquired new teaching aids like the PAWS (from Lighthorse Tactical) and the Steel Targets (from Custom Pits and Fabrications). We've also had an opportunity to train with some of the biggest names in the shooting industry to learn their methodology and processes. We're looking forward to 2016, when we will be hosting some amazing courses from outside the area. We'll also be reviewing and updating all of our current lesson plans to meet the changing times and provide the most up-to-date information possible.
We wish everyone a happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in 2016.