The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Nine

September 15th, 2011

You may be pretty good at shooting. Heck, your bullets may hit pretty close to the bullseye of a target almost every shot you make. But did you know that while under stress, your shots will only be about fifty percent as accurate as your best day on the range? During my first Four Day Defensive Handgun Training Course at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, I was shown just how much a stressful situation can change your shooting ability. In The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Eight, I talked about the Front Sight shooting competition, and what had happened because of my stress levels rising. Dr. Ignatius Piazza and the gun training instructors at Front Sight pay special attention to helping students learn how to remain calm in stressful situations, so their stress does not get the best of them in a real life threatening moment.

At Front Sight, I learned through scenario based training, which helps overall comfort levels when having to experience the situations in real life. Since a student of Front Sight has already, “been there and done that,” if you will, an actual life threatening situation experience becomes easier to handle. Think about it. What are the differences in the two following situations?

1.    A masked gunman pulls a gun out at you. You have never experienced this type of situation before. You have only shot stationary paper targets with circles on them at the shooting range.
2.    A masked gunman pulls a gun out at you. You have gone through this situation dozens of times with a professional gun training instructor. You have been forced to escape the situation several times in a row, and have even done it in front of people.

Which situation would you rather be in? Ignatius Piazza made sure that his gun training at Front Sight would prepare his students for real life. He brought this to a personal level to me when, in one of my last exercises on the range, the gun training instructor placed a target in front of me that was a replica of a hostage situation. Each student in my gun training course had to name his or her hostage, and it had to be someone each person really cared about.

I named mine after my niece. Talk about a stressful situation! I knew how badly I would feel if I hit the wrong person on the target. However, because of my excellent gun training at Front Sight, I was able to focus on what I was doing and really put myself into the situation, as if it were real life… and I saved my niece.

Remember how on Day One of my Front Sight Self Defense Gun Training Course, I was pretty much the worst shooter that ever lived? Yeah… on Day Four at Front Sight, I was able to shoot a gun EXACTLY where I aimed it WHILE being put under an extreme amount of stress.

So why was I so accurate in my shooting? The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Ten will explain the differences between how I shot on Day One versus how I shot on Day Four. There, you will learn the mistake that so many people (about 95% of the gun using population) make, and most people don’t even know they are doing it. Come with me on our adventure and let me show you what I learned at Front Sight that made me able to shoot exactly on target.

Front Sight: More Than Just the Best

January 15th, 2011

How did Front Sight Firearms Training Institute become the number one gun training school in the world? It took a lot of hard work and preparation by a man named Dr. Ignatius Piazza, plus dedication and perseverance of the best staff ever put together. To me, the greatest part about Front Sight being the best in the world is not actually the fact that it is the best in the world. It is that Ignatius Piazza and all of his staff members work hard to make Front Sight the best in the world TO ME, and they will do the same for you. What do I mean by this?

Something can be considered “the best” but is not actually the best for everyone individually. You might find a recipe for the “world’s best apple pie”… but come on, you REALLY know that Grandma’s is better. The best airline in terms of pricing, accommodations and comfort due to a lot of leg room might not be so comfortable to someone who prefers small spaces. But Ignatius Piazza shoots to make Front Sight the best in the world AND the best to individuals, so he and his staff cater to everyone individually.

Ignatius Piazza started out by believing that only the best can give the best. If you had a choice of learning basketball from Shaq or some random elementary school phys ed teacher, which would you choose? Exactly. So, Ignatius Piazza decided to make himself the best. He studied harder than he has ever studied in his life, practiced shooting and took tons of hours of gun training courses until he finally earned his Four Weapons Combat Master Certificate. I am sure you can agree that because of this, Ignatius Piazza knows more about gun training than most gun training instructors out there.

Then we can add in the fact that Ignatius Piazza holds all of his gun training instructors to the same standards he holds of himself, meaning that no average shooter can become a Front Sight Instructor. Not even being a great shooter is good enough to show Ignatius Piazza that someone should be an instructor for Front Sight. They’ve got to stand up to Ignatius Piazza’s Instructor Training Course and his expectations. It’s no wonder that Front Sight is the best in the world.

So what about me? Why is Front Sight the best for me? Well, for one, Front Sight’s customer service is ridiculously incredible. One phone call to the gun training school and you will see what I mean. Secondly, Front Sight’s gun training program is a very personal thing. You can choose between a long list of tailored gun training courses or you can design one for yourself. Ignatius Piazza makes it easy to create the gun training course that you want to take when you want to take it, and you get to take it from one of those intensely trained instructors.

Like I said, Front Sight wants to be the best in the world to YOU, not just the best in the world.