The Range Complex
Review by Estaban Montoya Martinez
If you want to be the best shooter that you can be, you need to find the best instructors out there. The Range Complex was started by former members of 1 SFOD-Delta, or Delta Force. They have been there and done that, and will help make you better.
I was highly impressed by the 3 Day pistol/carbine course at The Range Complex, and disappointed it wasn’t 5 days long. At the end of it I was able to make a 100 yard shot with my iron sighted Springfield XDm, and was shooting much better with my AR-15. Forewarning, this is not a beginner’s course. The experience I’ve had from shooting Infidel Gunfighter League matches as well as practicing with Service Rifle and Pistol aided my understanding and implementation during this course. However, they weren’t as useful for this particular course as I had originally thought.
Greg Wilson, the instructor of the course I attended, has received the Presidents Hundred nine times in Service Pistol and Distinguished Pistol. He was in the Army Marksmanship Unit and renowned enough that 1 SFOD-Delta requested that he train them how to shoot better on multiple occasions. He has decades of experience and wisdom on shooting. He is known to put his money where his mouth is by shooting against his own students while teaching the course. Greg has a wealth of information and will answer any and all questions that you have.
Starting out, we shot Pistol at 25 yards toward an NRA bullseye target. This seems strange until you realize that it’s hard, and you cannot improve without seeing how far you can push yourself. Shooting at this distance also highlights the errors individuals make in grip, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze that are often hidden at closer distances. It WILL make you better.
I learned during this course that gun handling and shooting are two separate skills. Gun handling you want to do as fast as possible so that you can slow down to make a good shot.
There were several drills that were covered and were explained, the Bill Drill, Cadence Drill, Slow Fire, Target Transitions, Cadence Drills.
There are a lot of things that I and others learned from the course that will help you out with any course you take:
- Have proper cold/wet weather gear for the environment, God gets to vote on the weather.
- Ensure that you are physically in shape for the course, it’s not too demanding but does require slight physical activity all day.
- Ensure that your equipment is good to go, having iron sights off on a pistol or not enough ammo/belt equipment can put a damper on training time. (Though TRC will bend over backwards to help you)
- Words mean things, read and comprehend the course flyer.
- If you’re traveling, they can secure your weapons/ammo in a DOD approved weapons facility where they are safe.
This course is well worth the money and the time, and I’m looking forward to getting back to one, and using the skills learned there to improve my own skills even more. You’re missing out by not attending.