The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Eight

September 12th, 2011

I told you that Front Sight Firearms Training Institute offers competitive gun training. Do I mean that Front Sight’s rates are competitive against other gun training schools? Well, of course they are… but that’s not what I am talking about here. Do I mean that Front Sight’s gun training is way better than any other gun training school in the world? Sure it is… but that is not what I am talking about here either. I am talking about actual competitive gun training… as in gun training for competitive shooting.

In my first Four Day Defensive Handgun Training Course at Front Sight, I got to participate in a shooting competition. Many people will think that this just is not necessary; that it is training to shoot for sport rather than self defense. I thought that at first, too. But let me explain something to you.

You stand on the firing line with one other person. You each have a certain number of targets to shoot, all placed at various distances. Your goal is to knock all of the targets down before the other guy does. Sounds simple enough, right? But then you realize that you have got about twenty or so other people watching you, including three Front Sight gun training instructors that are standing almost over your shoulder, calling the shots and announcing winners… and the NOT winners. If THAT doesn’t teach you how to shoot quickly AND effectively while under stress, I don’t know what does.

Up to this point in my Front Sight gun training from Dr. Ignatius Piazza, I had only had to compete against myself. Add another person to the mix and it surely changes things. Unfortunately, I let my nerves get to me and ended up getting creamed… but it taught me a giant lesson. SHOOTING WHILE UNDER STRESS GREATLY CHANGES EVERYTHING.

I was stressed and nervous, so my presentation speed slowed, leaving me less time to beat the other guy to the shots. My hands were shaking, so my accuracy suffered, leaving me to miss my targets. I watched the other guy’s targets fall on every perfect shot, increasing my stress level and decreasing my focus. What if it had been a real gunfight? My presentation speed was slowed, leaving the bad guy more time to take me down. My accuracy was off, giving the bad guy more chances to get me. He was calm and his shots were perfect, which could have been the shots to hit me.

Ignatius Piazza and Front Sight opened my eyes to what real life self defense shooting involves. I learned first hand the way it feels to be in a gunfight, while in a safe and controlled environment, so if it were to happen in real life, I will be way more prepared than I would have been without this shooting competition. Over the rest of my gun training course, my Front Sight instructors helped me gain and keep focus, increase my confidence and reduce my stress level, so, by the end of my four days at Front Sight, my hands were firm and steady.

THAT, my friends, was severely helpful… especially in the personalized hostage situation at the end of the course… I just might feel like talking about that in The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Nine.

The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Six

September 7th, 2011

Front Sight Firearms Training Institute trained me so well. But during my first Four Day Defensive Handgun Training Course, I didn’t just learn how to shoot. I learned how to use a gun for self defense, which is more than just shooting a gun. Yes, I learned how to shoot… and, if you follow me to the end of these chronicles, you will see just how well I could shoot by the end of my first four day gun training course at Front Sight… but I also learned other self defense techniques that go into gun training.

One of these self defense techniques was learning how to diagnose and fix a gun malfunction. If you are like most people, you are probably wondering what a gun malfunction is. The first time it happened to me, I just about freaked out. My Front Sight gun training instructor quickly diagnosed the malfunction and cleared it for me, as we had not yet reached that point in our training, but he gave me a quick overview of what he was doing, probably because I was looking at him like he had just started talking in Portuguese.

So, my gun malfunctioned and I didn’t know what to do. What would have happened if I had been in the middle of a gun fight? What if someone had broken into my house and I was defending my kid, and all of a sudden my gun malfunctioned and I didn’t know what was happening? I don’t even want to think about it. As I have said before, Dr. Ignatius Piazza and Front Sight Firearms Training Institute prepare you for everything.

Over the next couple days, I learned the difference between every gun malfunction and how to clear each one. At the beginning of my Front Sight gun training, it took me a long time to clear each malfunction. By the last day, I could clear a Type Three Malfunction in under six seconds. I could clear a Type One in less than a second. Ignatius Piazza makes sure that his students know how to do things… and know how to do things fast.

Up until my Front Sight Night Gun Training, I had learned how to diagnose these malfunctions by sight and was pretty decent at it. But when my gun malfunctioned in the middle of the nearly pitch black shooting range, it was a totally different story. I had to completely rely on how my gun felt in order to learn that it was a Type Three. Then I had to hold my flashlight under my arm so I wouldn’t accidentally give away my location, while clearing and reloading my weapon. Talk about a real life situation right there! If it weren’t for my Front Sight gun training from Ignatius Piazza, there is no way I would have been able to do it.

Front Sight’s Night Gun Training was not only super educational, it was also one of the greatest nights I have experienced in terms of how fun it was. The whole way home, my friend and I could not stop talking about it.

So, by that point, we had learned so much about gun safety and defensive shooting, including how to clear a home invasion and how to shoot effectively in the darkness… AND what to do if you are attacked by multiple people at once. Ignatius Piazza thought of everything! So what DOES happen when you get attacked by several people at the same time? Check out The Chronicles of Front Sight: My Experience, Part Seven and find out!

Safe Shooting: Front Sight

May 23rd, 2011

I sat in a room with a few hundred other people. Everyone in the room had a gun on his or her hip. And I have never felt safer.

Think about it. Who, in their right mind, would attack anyone in that room? Now, imagine an entire city like that. Dr. Ignatius Piazza, founder and director of the gun training school, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, has a dream to one day have an entire town where everyone practices their Second Amendment rights, owns a gun and is highly trained in how to use a gun for self defense. In his eyes, and in the eyes of hundreds of thousands of people all across the nation, this would be the safest town in the world. I am one of those people.

The Second Amendment was created to increase our safety. A gun can be a wonderful tool of self defense and can protect us from home invasions, carjackings, rape, robberies and many other attacks that are not any fun to think about. However, a gun can be dangerous if you do not know how to use it safely. This is why Ignatius Piazza offers the world’s greatest and most thorough gun training that money can buy. His gun training courses at Front Sight can help you learn how to use a gun for self defense, no matter how much or how little gun training you have had in the past.

For those people with little to no gun training, Ignatius Piazza wants to show you the right way to use a gun from the very first time you pick it up. This group of people has a special advantage, because they do not have any bad habits to break and can learn correctly right from the start. Ignatius Piazza and the gun training instructors at Front Sight make learning easy, so you do not get overwhelmed or frustrated. They will help you and be with you every step of the way, so you are comfortable until you are completely confident in your gun training and your shooting skills. This is where I was when I first attended one of Ignatius Piazza’s gun training courses at Front Sight and I left, four days later, feeling like I have been shooting my entire life. I learned quickly, safely and seemingly effortlessly and am now actually a pretty good shot.

If you have years of gun training under your belt, Ignatius Piazza would like to help you hone your shooting skills and perfect your technique. Did you know that there are things that about ninety five to ninety nine percent of the gun owning population do while shooting that can cause their shots to be less accurate? The worst part is, is that most of these people do not even know that some of these habits exist. Ignatius Piazza will help you make sure that you do not fall into this group of people, and that you are in the five to one percent of gun owners that don’t hold these bad habits, making your shooting even more precise than it is now.

Whether you fall into one of these listed categories or somewhere in between, Ignatius Piazza invites you to Front Sight, so you can learn, improve and perfect your safe, self defense shooting skills.