DVDtracker and myself went to Frontsight on Sunday for their free SMG class.
Short review: Fun class. Free. Two hours of talk before you go to the range, and afterwards you're free to go, no obligation (but please fill out the review form).
Long drawn out rambling review:
We arrived at some godforsaken hour (yes I'm a night person). There isn't much there right now that you can really see. A large tent structure houses the proshop and classroom. Generator lights are all over the place. Some berms off to one side. We sign in, get our name tags (tape, front and back), go into the tent that will be the pro shop or armory or something when it's finally built. There are porta-potties available at each range and the main classroom tent. The staff is dressed in black BDU's and boots for the most part. Grey FrontSight shirts underneath. They have muffins, juice, coffee, water. A bunch of folding tables and chairs. The group we are in is about 60 folks, filling one third of the seats. In the front of the room are a number of paintings of the future buildings that will be at Frontsight, a TV playing a video of news reports on Frontsight, and decent sized model of what the finished site will hopefully be. Brad Ackman wanders to the front and starts us off, introduces Dr. Piazza, and leaves.
Dr. Piazza then gets us for the next two hours roughly. He talks about what we can expect for the day in the way of class (we're going to teach you one day of our 4 day class), the weapons they have (transferrable uzi's, not post dealer smaples), and finally all about FrontSight. His baby, he started in Bakersfield, finally moving it to Vegas in 1997. He discusses the three phases of construction, Phase 1 being the instruction part (ranges, armory, gunsmith, classroom, etc), phase 2 having more buildings and a celebrity center (more in a minute), air strip, gym, rappeling center, underground system. Phase 3 is the planned master communitty...the housing area, shops, townhouses, and condos. He's an engaging speaker, and fairly charismatic person, so the first two hours go by fairly quick. We are divided into two groups and sent out to the ranges. At the range we were on (6), we meet our instructors, see a bunch of Uzi's lying on the ground eager for students to fondle, and a bucket of bullets. I want to take the bucket home with me, since that would be most of my shooting ammo for the next six months. It's a big bucket.
Tim, our main instructor, former marine instructor, greets us, introduces us to Raymond, Dave and Fred. He talks about safety, discusses the parts of the gun, some other things. we divide further into two groups, about 13 each.
Tim tells us about the correct stance, holding the gun, loading the mag. They issue us each one 25 rnd magazine, we get a pocketful of ammo. Loading isn't too bad. I'd bet most if not all of the folks there had shot before, even if only once.
After learning more about the gun, group one gets to pick them up and march them down to the 5 yard line (they are at the 50 yard line now). Dr. Piazza comes out to give a demonstration about trigger control and correct stance (firing one, two, three or four rounds on Full auto), and then demonstrates the Hollywood way (full auto from the hip), hitting about half the rounds into the four targets he's spraying. Not too bad he says.
Our first firing relay is trying to do a quick burst, two to four rounds. The three co-instructors man the line, and Tim wanders back and forth the whole line to ensure things go well. Malfunctions are supposed to be cleared by one of the instructors. Everyone is supposed to lay the guns down together when we are done, walk forward and back the same time, keep your finger away from the trigger, etc. We load our Uzi's, and proceed to start firing.
What a blast.
A class 3 dealer I met said it best. Two things can give you this kind of satisfaction. Great sex and Class 3.
Back to class. we proceed through some more drills on quick bursts. Then on to starting from different postions (field carry, high ready, ready). Then doing two to the chest. The targets are also movable, the rotate 90 degrees all together. So we start in ready, targets flip out, and we shoot two. if they come back, or an instructor yells "Head!" then we are supposed to shoot one shot to the head. This is interspersed with more instruction and other wisdom (Mr. Slug is the good guy's friend).
We have a small competition where another instructor comes over and we are supposed to try and get our shots off before he can draw his pistol, aim and fire. We lose...duh. The second time we try a couple of us get the shots from the ready position off about the same time.
Since he was shooting my target, I got to see how good his aim was at that speed. His hits were not quite so centered as mine were the second time through. But he was damn fast.
Finally, after giving us all the nice tips and pointers for a one day class, we are told to throw all that good stuff away, cuz we're going to go full out, one straight magazine through, twice. Sweeeeettttt. First, though, Dave and Fred have a little competition to see who's the man. Both have slightly differnt tactics, Dave (a marine) shoots a little sooner, and does pretty well. Fred takes him time, but jams, and has to shoot the rest in a seperate string. So dave won, but Fred wasn't far behind.
Now it's our turn. We load up, they say go and we're off. it takes about 4-6 seconds for most folks to empty their guns. Oh, what fun it is to shoot a full auto gun this night. We load up as the second group shoots their full mags, and get to go again. My target was quite nice in my opinion:
After that it was back to the tent for pizza, drinks, eval forms, and if you chose, the "Hard" sell.
But that's a story for another day.
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