The Range Complex

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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:

  1. Have proper cold/wet weather gear for the environment, God gets to vote on the weather.
  2. Ensure that you are physically in shape for the course, it’s not too demanding but does require slight physical activity all day.
  3. 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)
  4. Words mean things, read and comprehend the course flyer.
  5. 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.

All Shooting Organizations are Bad!

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Organization

or·gan·i·za·tion [awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuhn]

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Automate Your Shooting Success

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Our program seeks ranges, hunting guides, shooting preserves, and any other business or non-profit organization that offers marksmanship opportunities for gun owners.

Lets say you wisely decide to host marksmanship events as a means to promote your organization or business. This entails three factors:

– Operations, or physically running an event. This is setting up shooting courses and targets, signing up and running participants through those courses, scoring targets, notating the results, etc.

– Administration, or preparatory and follow up work for each event. This is building and maintaining a web site for the group/club/range, maintaining contact lists of participants and other interested people, processing scores and tabulating event results, updating the web site, writing and sending out newsletters for the events, etc.

– Marketing, or promoting the events. This is notifying the local community of the events, and consequently, your business or organization. Maintaining contact lists of prospects, writing press releases for the events, contacting local media and getting the events (and your organization or business) in the local news.

Our service greatly automates all these tasks. Typical individual tasks can be accomplished, start to finish, in about one minute’s time. Management of complete events that would normally require about four or more person-hours of office work can now be completed with greater effect in mere minutes.

It works for local shooters who want organized events but don’t enjoy the hassle of running them. It works for local hunting and shooting businesses who want to sponsor regular hunting and shooting events but don’t have the time to make them truly effective. It will work for you.

Practice/Train/Compete — and Repeat

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Tom Vaughan, MD is a neuroradiologist in private practice in Louisville, KY. He is a shooting enthusiast who believes in individual liberty and personal responsibility. Here’s an article from his website, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

Practice/Train/Compete — and Repeat: https://drgo.us/?p=5406

I practice handling and shooting firearms as often as possible… I also shoot as many rounds as I can afford to, as often as I get the chance. At the indoor range this mostly means stationary paper targets, which have their limitations, but there’s no real substitute for lighting off live rounds. I also belong to an outdoor range where I can shoot some steel targets, draw from a holster and move with the gun. It’s a bit farther away, and time, daylight and weather limit how often I can shoot there, but if you’ve never made steel ring and watched it fall, you’re cheating yourself out of a real visceral pleasure.

I try to take one or two formal training classes a year, and I’ve been able to take classes near home from both local experts as well as nationally known shooters. I doubt any of them would confess to having trained me if they saw me shooting, but I’ve learned a great deal from multiple sources.

This summer I’ll take my first trip to a national training facility, and I’m excited to go. I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in training all day for four consecutive days. I know it’ll be a great experience.

That said, what has helped me most so far is competing. And I’m just talking about low-level competition at my local club—no money, and no prize but bragging rights. Some of the shooters there are really talented, fast and accurate, and a few obviously compete at higher levels. While I’m not going to challenge them any time soon, the pressure of timed shooting with people watching adds a level of stress that taxes whatever skills you bring to the match.

The first time I participated, I set a pretty meager expectation for myself—no safety violations. I wanted the club members to know that safety was my top priority, almost as much as I wanted to come home with all my fingers and toes. On those accounts the day was a great success. As far as skillful shooting, I didn’t do much, but the format allowed a lot of time for reflection. It was easy to begin to analyze my performance and see what sort of mistakes I was making.

And, boy was I making them. After my first round, though pleased I hadn’t done anything foolish or dangerous, I was unpleasantly surprised at the difficulty I’d had neutralizing targets. I’d gotten pretty used to putting most of my rounds into a single, if largish, ragged hole on stationary paper, especially at the distances I had been shooting in that first round, 7 to 15 yards. While I was mostly on paper, the hits were in the C and D zones as much as the A zone. h

After some reflection, I realized that under the tiny amount of pressure the competition format created I had completely abandoned basic marksmanship principles
. Not once had I put the front sight in the rear sight notch, let alone focused on it before pulling the trigger. I think I was actually looking down across the top of the slide! And that was just lesson 1.

The match included 5 stages, and I learned a little from each one. After another less than stellar round, I realized I’d been slapping my trigger like a rat on a food lever, rather than using a controlled squeeze, letting off only to the reset. Stage by stage, my technique slowly improved, and while I didn’t set the world on fire, I was eventually rewarded by quickly clearing a plate rack with no doubles.

By the end of the match, I was humbled but hooked. Not only had it been fun spending the morning with a group of safety conscious people who shared my love of shooting, but I had learned a lot about shooting under (only a tiny bit of) pressure. I had learned not only from my own efforts, but also by watching other people, some very good, and some closer to my level.

I hope I never find myself on a two-way range, and I do everything I can to keep that from happening. I also do everything I can to survive a deadly force encounter if it happens, and I encourage everyone who owns a gun to do the same. Even stationary paper marksmanship degrades without practice, and most gun owners never even attempt dynamic live fire exercises.

That’s a shame, because it’s how guns are actually used. It’s a lot more challenging, but it’s a lot of fun as well. And it’s a lot more likely to save your life.

Altrutising

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I invented the word altrutising, a portmanteau of altruism and advertising, as it represents the only form of sponsorship accepted by the Firearm User Network.

We only accept advertising that altruistically benefits our membership, or altrutising.

Altruism
al·tru·ism [al-troo-iz-uhm]

– The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.

Advertising
ad·ver·tis·ing [ad-ver-tahy-zing]

– The act or practice of calling public attention to one’s product, service, need, etc., especially by paid announcements: to get more customers by advertising.

When considering options to accept sponsorship and support from third party companies, vendors and manufacturers I wanted the ensure that it served to help Firearm User Network members. Traditional advertising, paying to place interrupting messages in front of readers, viewers and/or members, rarely does the end user any good. We avoid this by only accepting Altrutising.

Any outside source of support is returned to the FUNshoot membership in a way that directly and obviously benefits them. Sponsors offset our operating costs, making it less expensive for members to benefit from our services.

For example, a vendor wishes to advertise with us. Rather than broadcast an ad to our membership in exchange for money, sponsors cover our overhead expenses which is passed on altruistically. Members hosting FUNshoot events agree to allow the company to be listed as an official event sponsor in exchange for a deep discount on event processing fees. Individual premium memberships are extended free of charge. Thus, every sponsor dollar is passed directly to the membership.

Rather than spending money to interrupt people with an ad, sponsor companies are forced to think how they can directly benefit the people they are trying to reach. The advertising becomes altruism. Altrutising.

Gun Shop Sponsorship Denied

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Gabe Wren, owner of the Northside Gun Shop in Columbia, Tennessee wanted to sponsor his kids’ Little League baseball team but was turned away because of his business’s logo which displays a stylized image of the sort of thing Mr. Wren’s shop sells.

http://www.range365.com/gun-shops-little-league-sponsorship-denied

It’s too bad there isn’t a formal sport based on the skillful use of the things Northside Gun Shop sells. If only there was, Gabe Wren could have his shop sponsor that sport instead and his kids could participate there. Might be better for business to sponsor a sport that uses what your business sells as well. If only…

Competition Will Get You Killed On The Streets?

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https://primaryandsecondary.com/competition-will-get-you-killed-on-the-streets/

Choice cuts from a great article at Primary and Secondary

-Is mission planning not a thing anymore?
-Are mission rehearsals not a thing anymore?
-Is having ISR units recce targets and conducting recce handovers to the assault force not a thing anymore?

People who cannot differentiate between competition tactics and small unit tactics are probably not good at either.

Why is it relevant that competition shooters cannot perform at their best level while wearing a basic load, to include PPE? Can most “tactical dudes” perform as well as competition guys using competition gear? Most likely they would get smoked.

Bottom line, don’t get too wrapped up in being tactical or what not. Understand that different principles apply when shooting a match than when you are doing break contact drills in rural terrain.

Creating a divide seems pointless, and only serves to keep people away from an activity that could help them become better shooters. I know that my shooting has improved, with no detriment to my “tactical abilities”.

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