Gun Training: All Strength; No Weakness

December 1st, 2011

Have you ever tried to find good gun training? Like, really, really good gun training? If you tried prior to 1996 I bet you ran into some issues. Back then, finding really awesome gun training required talent. Lucky for us, now we can easily find great gun training and great gun training deals with Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. At Front Sight, you will find not only good gun training… you will find the best gun training in the world.

Founder and Director, Four Weapons Combat Master, Dr. Ignatius Piazza, ran into those issues when he was trying to find his own gun training back in the late eighties and early nineties. He really wanted to learn how to use a gun for self defense and family protection, but he kept running into walls and dead ends. Some gun training schools seemed promising, but then it turned out they were seriously lacking in some areas. Each gun training school that Ignatius Piazza came across had strengths and weaknesses. But where was the gun training school with only strengths?

The frustration that Ignatius Piazza experienced when he was on what should have been a simple search for basic self defense gun training became even greater on his quest to become a Four Weapons Combat Master… and he decided that no one should ever have to go through this again. Thus, he made up his mind to create the gun training school with no weaknesses. He worked tirelessly and finally, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute opened its doors in April of 1996. It has done so much for the gun training world ever since.

What are the strengths that you look for in your gun training? I would answer that question by saying complete material that focuses on gun safety and how to use a gun correctly, a gun training program for all experience levels, knowledgeable and friendly staff members, incredibly experienced gun training instructors who give one on one attention, and it would also help if the environment was fun and inviting. I can see how most gun training schools would have a couple of those qualifications, but I can also see how it would be difficult to house all of them at once. Well, Ignatius Piazza pulls it off with Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.

Let me break it down. The gun training curriculum at Front Sight focuses greatly on gun safety and nothing is left out. Every exercise taught, learned and practiced at Front Sight is safe and supervised. Students feel as if they are getting personal gun training, even with other people in the class, because the instructors are, literally, the best gun training instructors in the world. Questions are answered immediately and thoroughly, until each student fully understands the answer. Every employee at Front Sight, even the people that answer the phones and work in the Pro Shop, are trained in Front Sight’s gun training program, extremely sharp AND super nice. On top of all that, Front Sight’s gun training courses are SO MUCH FUN.

Check it out and you will see that Front Sight truly is the gun training school with all strength and no weakness.

Gun Training… Does it Even Matter?

October 3rd, 2011

“There were police cars everywhere. One of the officers came on the megaphone and announced that there was a dude roaming the neighborhood who was armed and dangerous. I was home alone…”

My coworker proceeded to tell me the story of her experience over the weekend. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt, but I think I freaked her out at my question. “What would you have done if the guy came to your door or tried to get into your house?”

My officemates continued sharing frightening stories of our experiences from the past with armed men, potential burglars and police searches of neighborhoods. It is awful just how often we are put into situations that could require some serious self defense skills. I wrapped up the conversation by talking about my gun training from Four Weapons Combat Master, Dr. Ignatius Piazza, at his intense gun training school in Nevada called Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. Someone said, “Yeah, well I wouldn’t want to shoot a guy.”

I responded with, “Neither would I… but if it came down to it and I had to defend myself or protect my family… that’s the time that I would be blasted happy I had the gun training that I had.” I went on to explain that Front Sight trains students how to use a gun for self defense, but that the gun training school also trains students how to avoid needing to use the gun in the first place. The gun training instructors at Front Sight teach that a gun should only be used if there is no other solution or way out of the situation. They teach real self defense skills at Front Sight, not just how to shoot a gun.

I thought a lot about the situation that my coworker had described. I thought about what I would do if I were to be in her shoes. Then I thought about the difference between me before my Front Sight gun training and me now, after being trained by Ignatius Piazza’s professional gun training instructors. I am much more confident and comfortable with how I would handle a similar situation now, to say the least.

Front Sight offers the world’s best gun training that money can buy. In just a few days, any student of Front Sight can have shooting skills that surpass ninety nine percent of the gun owning population. Those few days with Ignatius Piazza at Front Sight can change any student, even complete beginners, into someone who can shoot better than someone that shoots guns for a living. Ignatius Piazza can make big changes in anyone’s life, including beginner shooters and well advanced and experienced marksmen. He made huge, unbelievable changes in mine, and I am so grateful for it.

Think back to the story about my coworker’s weekend. What would you do if you were in her shoes? If you do not know, or if you are uncomfortable with your answer, maybe it is time that you contact Dr. Ignatius Piazza at Front Sight and change it.

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.