IF mods want to move this to training forum, cool, but I thought I'd give the forum my followup. Again, this was at Front Site, about an hour outside Las Vegas in the dessert. I learned a ton of from the course and thought it was very good. There was about 36 in the 4 day class with a range master and 5 other instructors. Here is the breakdown:
Day 1 - Lots of safety training, some classroom lectures, but at the range most of the morning and afternoon. Lectures while you ate lunch. Course started at 7:30 and ended at 5:30pm. First day was basic mechanics and some dry and live practice. Pretty standard stuff. Also repetitive range commands. Each day built up.
Day 2 - Started with learning to zero using BUIS, optics, etc at 50 yds. Trained on accuracy, sight picture, front site, trigger pull. Went through positions for shooting - off hand, sitting, kneeling and prone. Shot at 15 yrd, 25yrds (head and body), 50yrds, 100yrds and 200yds. Dry practice on malfunctions, type 1,2 and 3. More live fire.
Day 3 - More live fire based on day 2 exercises. Went on to do hostage rescue at 7yrds. Also did emergency close combat with rifle at 3yds. Shot at all the same yardage as before working on technique. Move on to 400yd shoot (5 shots) on 2X2 plate. More malfuntion training. 5 at a time went through simulation exercise on steel targets 1 on 1 with instructor at various distances using all the techniques learned. There was one paper target that had something in thiers hands (wont give it away). That was really fun. In the afternoon the instructors started using timed drills.
Day 4 - Again more live fire from previous days exercises. This day was really dedicated to honing skills, no more instruction. The afternoon was the skills test where you had to shoot all the same distances as before just with buzzer. You were graded (taking points away) for misses in the body (outside thoraic cavity, outside cranial cavity), misses on paper, misses on time, misses on technique and misses on after action drills. To make distingush graduate (only they can move to the advanced training) you had to only miss 13 pts, to make graduate I think you can only miss 31pts, anything less is cert. of achivement. You were also graded on type 1, 2 malfunctions (against buzzer) and type 3 proceedural no buzzer. The range master said he has only seen about 5 ppl make DG in the 9 years hes been teaching it. One guy was there for the 12th time! I didn't make DG
but made graduate. I really sucked on malfunctions under time.
Anyways, It was fun, I am tired and I learned a great deal. They didn't try and push anything on me which I liked (in terms of membership and whatnot). All in all good experience.