very informative gun training reports
March 23rd, 2007
Hi Dr. Piazza,I received the first email newsletter yesterday and found it very informative. I’m looking forward to the next one.Let me tell you a little bit about me. I received my first handgun, a 9mm semi-auto, from my lovely wife for Christmas a couple of months ago (I know, I have a very special wife to come up with such a great Christmas present). I’ve taken the gun out to the local shooting range and put a hundred or so rounds through it. I have a long way to go before I feel like I could use it for defense. In fact, just the other day I was remarking to my wife that I feel like our house is actually less safe right now with a handgun in it but no one trained to use it. I remembered hearing you shortly after Sept. 11th offering to train any airline pilot for free in the defensive use of a handgun. I knew then that you were not just some “gun nut.” You really have our nation and its citizens’ best interests in mind. So I went to FrontSight.com and discovered that you have really been busy creating a top-notch self-defense training facility in the middle of the Nevada desert.We recently had a shooting at a local mall here in Utah. You may have read about it. An 18-year old Bosnian refugee walked into the Trolley Square mall with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38-caliber handgun and began randomly shooting people. When all was said and done, he had killed five people and wounded four others. The gunman was finally shot and killed by Salt Lake City police in one of the mall’s stores. He was forced to hunker down in that store by an off-duty police officer from nearby Ogden city who risked his own life and decided to try to take the gunman out. This quick-thinking officer managed to get off two shots at the gunman from about 25-yards distance before the gunman ran into the store. About one minute later, four Salt Lake City police officers stormed the store and killed the gunman.
This really got me thinking about how vital it is to have the proper training and mindset to effectively protect yourself and your loved ones. I believe Front Sight has created the perfect environment to achieve that level of training and confidence.
I have recently been in touch with a local businessman who teaches a monthly concealed weapons class. I am not so much interested in obtaining a concealed weapons permit as much as I am interested in becoming proficient enough with a handgun to be able to defend my life or my loved ones’ lives if necessary. Each time I talk with this instructor he downplays the actual training portion of the class and starts talking about how he takes care of everything, the paperwork, the fingerprints, the color photos, etc. He brings a full-auto Uzi to the class and lets the students shoot it.
It’s more of a dog and pony show than a serious training class. It’s very disappointing that he’s more interested in taking your $75 bucks for some rubber-stamped paperwork than in teaching and drilling on the skills needed to come out on top in a close-quarters gunfight. That’s
why I’m so interested in coming out to Front Sight for some real training.
Thanks for putting together the Front Sight training facility even in the face of numerous obstacles. I can’t wait to come out for what I hope will be the first of many training sessions.
Thank you Jerod.
We look forward to providing you with a level of training that far exceeds law enforcement and military standards without any boot camp mentality or drill instructor attitudes.
When I heard that a gunman had attacked the mall in your area, I was quite surprised that he was not stopped (shot) by a private citizen with a concealed carry permit. Evidently there were no Front Sight students in that mall that day. Law abiding citizens with a concealed carry permit are the best defense our country has against random and orchestrated acts of violence against Americans.