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  • kawi jm

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    I have been wanting to take some tactical shooting classes. I've looked at the pics of the magpul class and those guys seem to be outfitted with quite a bit of gear. Slings, holsters, harnesses and pads; I'm assuming that stuff is warrented or they would not have it. I just don't want to be undergeared or overgeared. Any opinions?

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    Furyataurus

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    IMO, those classes are "over glorified" IDPA etc.. courses. All you need to do is find a range that will let you move and shoot at the same time and set up different "scenarios" for whatever you think might happen. Or just go to an IDPA etc... match.
     

    LittleGun

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    You don't need lots of gear to do tactical shooting. If you want all the gear, it can be fun, but the point of tactical shooting is to better prepare you for self defense. You can do that with minimal gear. Dont' let the gear scare you away. If want a tactical class, go do it. You will not regret it.
     

    TAZ

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    While the courses of fire may be glorified IDPA, USPSA... stages the instruction you get on how to handle them correcly is not. Going to an IDPA match will not hurt yu, but its not the same as taking a class and being taught how to corner, how to transition weapons...

    WRT the gear. Its nice to have, but not necessary. If you look at all the schools, they only require functional firearm(s) appropriate for the class, a bare minimum of mags, holsters, mag carriers... None require you to purchase stock in Blackhawk. Having the fancy doo dads is nice, but the gear does not make the shooter. Nor does it limit/enhance your ability to learn from the class.
     

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    I have been to several "tactical" handgun classes, and they have definately sharpened me up and better prepared me. I wore my carry gear, comfortable shoes, cargo pants (to hold cargo pockets full of ammo) a ball cap and the usual safety gear.

    I take a vest to wear when working on drills in extra close proximity to other shooters.

    Other than that, I don't use high speed, low drag stuff and defensive pistol classes.
     

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    I have been to several "tactical" handgun classes, and they have definately sharpened me up and better prepared me. I wore my carry gear, comfortable shoes, cargo pants (to hold cargo pockets full of ammo) a ball cap and the usual safety gear.

    I take a vest to wear when working on drills in extra close proximity to other shooters.

    Other than that, I don't use high speed, low drag stuff and defensive pistol classes.
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    ...I'm assuming that stuff is warrented or they would not have it.

    Maybe it is warranted and maybe it's compensation for something.


    The best course of action is to ask the instructor for a recommended gear list. You could also tell him your current gun set-up and ask his advice.

    If you are looking to set-up a longarm, that should be done & tested well before showing up for the class. I like to keep things simple & robust.

    I like to train with all of my regular load out as much as possible. That's easy to do with pistol classes, just adding ammo capacity. Maybe you need to add a little more gear for a rifle or shotgun class. I would suggest keeping it simple, like a go bag.
     

    kawi jm

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    I appreciate the input guys. I've been shooting for years (read 20+ years) but I have never taken a tactical class, so I'm looking forward to it. Any info on any upcoming classes in the area?
     

    Hoji

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    I appreciate the input guys. I've been shooting for years (read 20+ years) but I have never taken a tactical class, so I'm looking forward to it. Any info on any upcoming classes in the area?

    What area would that be?

    I have a standing offer to train with anyone who wants to join me when I shoot in the basic survival gun fighting skills. Drawing and shooting being the most important IMO.{followed by finding appropiate cover, and exiting the area} I will also work on shooting and moving and shooting from cover.{ the moving and shooting would be more instructional than example on my part as my achilles tendon in torn and I am in a fracture boot}

    My terms are simple ...........just listen and be safe. I charge nothing. I also do not work with more than two people at a time{ yeah , I said four earlier this year but had two good ankles then}

    Good luck and have fun in your class.

    If you are LEO/Security/ or retired LEO you can take the NRA Instructor Development Schools. These are week long classes and they are very good.Instructors Development Schools
     
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