NEW Front Sight Training Article #3

February 6th, 2015  

Our purpose at Front Sight is to positively change the image of gun ownership in our lifetime by training responsible citizens in the defensive use of firearms, to levels that far exceed law enforcement and military standards, and deliver the training without any boot camp mentality or drill instructor attitudes so the training experience is great for your entire family.

We are entering our 19th year, have trained nearly a million citizens, and look forward to the day when our training will positively impact every American.

To kick off 2015, we have a number of new programs we are implementing to expand and make our training more accessible to all Americans.

Here is what we are doing…

  1. Each week, in addition to my gun training reports, I will be sending you an article that I have focused on gun safety or gun training or Second Amendment issues. I want you to look for it and learn from it and forward it on to other Americans who can benefit from it.
  2. Once every couple weeks, I will send you a gun training video, created at Front Sight, that is focused on gun safety or gun training or Second Amendment issues. I want you to look for it, learn from it, and forward it on to other Americans who can benefit from it.
  3. If you find news videos of citizens involved in Second Amendment or gun related stories, send them to me. I will review them and use them to educate and train responsible Americans.
  4. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, In a few days, WITH YOUR HELP I am literally going to train EVERY responsible citizen in America who wants to be safe and proficient with a handgun. Watch your e-mail and get trained and then forward it on to everyone you know.

Until then, here is Training Article #2…

Defining the skills you will need on any particular day is impossible. I can however, describe for you a hypothetical gunfight, as it would be experienced from your perspective:

  • You are using the Color Code of Mental Awareness and you see trouble brewing well in advance.
  • You spot two or three suspicious guys who look intent on hurting you.
  • You move to cover, or at least concealment, to get some protection.
  • You deliver verbal commands which are crisp, clear, and rehearsed. These will hopefully dissuade your opponents, but at very least, help you later with criminal and civil liability.
  • By now your heart is really racing and you rely on the Combat Mindset to stay focused.
  • The distances are anywhere from arms reach to maybe 30 feet.
  • The bad guys ignore your commands and make their move.
  • You draw your handgun from a holster which is concealed under your shirt.
  • You fire two rounds to the thoracic cavity of each adversary. To do that you again rely on the Combat Mindset to focus on the front sight, gently press the trigger, and completely ignore the bright flashes coming from their guns.
  • It is all over in about 2½ seconds.
  • You look around for more trouble because rats travel in packs.
  • Your weapon is now half empty so you perform a Tactical Reload to bring it back up to full capacity.
  • Now it’s time to call 911 and get help. What you say and what you don’t say is critical. It is so critical that it is rehearsed. Don’t think for a second that you will be calm enough deliver coherent information after having just survived a gunfight unless you have thought about it in advance.
  • The cops arrive and they are as nervous as you are. If you do something silly now, you are at risk all over again for getting shot. This interaction is also rehearsed well in advance.

And here are a few variables which occur fairly often in the world of gunfighting:

  • Your opponent has taken a loved one hostage. Now it is up to you to make a precision brain shot on the bad guy who is hiding partially behind your daughter.
  • The bad guys are wearing body armor but you don’t notice it. You get good hits but they don’t work; your adversaries aren’t impressed in the least. Now you are forced to use “Plan B.” You had better have a Plan B!
  • Your adversary turns out to be the guy standing right in front of you at the bank. He is so close to you that if you shoot from your usual stance, he will simply grab your weapon. You either need an alternate stance or more distance, or both.
  • You ran your weapon out of ammunition and now it’s time for an Emergency Reload.
  • Somewhere along the line your weapon malfunctioned and you must clear it right now, before you get shot.
  • The bad guy is inside your house and your family is screaming for your help. You called 911, of course, but the cops won’t be there for 15 minutes. It’s now up to you to move tactically and clear the house to help your family.
  • It’s too dark to reliably navigate through the house, or identify the threat, or see your sights. You must now add a flashlight into the equation to find and stop the bad guy.
  • You are carrying a small child or maybe you are injured. Now you have to do all of the above with only one hand.

This is sounding more and more like professional training, isn’t it?

  • Proper training saves lives. Period. This is true whether you are a police officer, businessman, or housewife. The correlation between proper training and winning gunfights was established decades ago. However, the vast majority of people who carry guns for a living still don’t fully embrace this connection. They own the gear and have the concealed carry permit, but they rely on hope for everything else. Hope is not the way this game is played. To win gunfights, you must have the necessary skills committed to muscle memory well in advance. If you are already looking down the muzzle of your opponent’s weapon, you’re running a little late. So, let’s quit talking and start training

NOTE: Be sure to watch for what I am releasing to you in a few days because you wont find anything easier to attend or less costly than what I will be sending your way…

And here is an example of the type of Front Sight training videos I will be sending you every couple weeks.

Here is an example of the type of videos students send me (and hopefully you will send me great, gun related news videos, too) that I will share with you to supplement and reinforce the training articles and training videos I am creating for you.

So how many of the Four Universal Firearm Safety Rules did the police officer violate?

How did the accident happen?

Here is how it happened… He was handed a gun with an empty chamber that had a loaded magazine in it.

As students who have taken a Front Sight course know, this police officer failed to magazine check and chamber check the gun, which would have revealed the loaded magazine.

He then failed to clear the gun and loaded magazine.

Not knowing the magazine was loaded (because he never magazine checked the gun) he chambered a round by working the slide of the gun.

He failed to treat every gun as if it is loaded, even when he thought it was unloaded.

He covered his own hand with the muzzle of the gun.

He failed to keep his finger off the trigger until his sights are on the target.

BANG! Negligent discharge resulting in a blowing off his finger.

He was lucky. It could have been much worse. The bullet could have blown off his finger and then struck another person in the shop.

So in keeping with our purpose to positively change the image of gun ownership by training responsible citizens to levels that far exceed law enforcement and military standards, STUDY the two videos I have sent you. MASTER the Four Universal Firearm Safety Rules and then pass this e-mail on to everyone you know and ask them to do the same.

Keep up the great work! Together, we are positively changing the image of gun ownership hundreds of times faster than any other group in America!

Thanks again for your participation in Front Sight’s phenomenal success.


Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
7975 Cameron Drive, #900
Windsor, CA 95492

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