This is the AAR for the Basic Defensive Pistol and the Defensive Pistol 2 classes that 10-32 Solutions and Milwaukee COPS partnered up to conduct. I am greatful to Kevin for writing this, as I was out of commission from something I had picked up. Lots of good lessons were learned, by students and instructors alike.
After Action Report
Basic Defensive Pistol & Defensive Pistol 2
August 10th & 11th, 2013
At Milwaukee COPS, we make every effort to send out an After Action Report after each and every class. The information contained within is a combination of our own observations; as well as comments and discussion from students. These reports are meant neither to embarrass nor to single anybody out; rather they are here for the education of all, Milwaukee COPS staff included! While accomplishments and problems will be talked about in detail, we will make every attempt not to identify any students specifically, unless they’ve given permission.
First and foremost, I want to thank all of our students, especially the repeat students, for trusting us with your time and money. We know this type of training is expensive, and we know the cost of class is only a small part of it. Ammo almost doubles the cost of a class. One student actually had to take off work on Saturday, and one student gave up triple time on Sunday, to come listen to Chad and I yap all day. Of special note, Vicky turned 61 on Saturday and decided to spend her birthday with us! That’s awesome and I hope it was worth it! To all our students, we appreciate your time, and we thank you!!
There’s a ton of info within, please read carefully and if you have any questions, fire away!
Milwaukee Community Outreach Partners and Chad Halvorson of 10-32 Solutions partnered up for the first time, running two classes at the Racine County Line Rifle Club. Chad and I met a few years ago at training in Dane County, and we shot together last year in the EAG Tactical Shoot house class that I have talked about. We have spent countless hours on the phone since then, and this past weekend was the culmination of those efforts.
Except for an hour of rain Sunday afternoon, which fit in nicely at lunchtime, weather was very nice all weekend, and this really helps make learning easier. High temps at maybe 80, sunny skies and a light breeze. However, weather at Racine County Line can change quickly, and we will train regardless. You cannot choose the weather should you find yourself in a self-defense situation, so barring lightning or tornadoes, should a weather issue come up during class, we will drive on. Especially at Racine County, always come with clothing for every type of weather.
We saw glaring safety issues with one student. I understand this training is pretty dynamic and new to some, however there is simply no excuse for pointing guns at fellow students. Ladies and gentlemen, we must be aware of our muzzles 100% of the time, even when gearing up at the beginning of the day, and securing our gear at the end of the day.
Several photos of the lines I draw on student’s hands have been posted. Honestly, I thought everybody did that, as I was taught it myself at least 10 years ago at Frank Garcia’s Universal Shooting Academy near Orlando. Our grip might not be relevant when firing one round, but it will come into play when shooting multiple rounds. Remember to “cant” or “break” the support side wrist, and your fingers of the support hand should be pointed at the ground at about a 45 degree angle. Both thumbs should be pointed straight at the target.
Shooting from cover was new to some. We must know what’s behind your target…but know what’s in front of it, too! We have to be able to see what’s in our peripheral vision, here Mark and Al demonstrate what can happen. Guys, these are excellent teachable moments and we have fun with them on the range, but don’t forget that in real life this could be something else.
Bob doesn’t really care too much when his custom barricades get shot. Students are highly encouraged to sign and date their handiwork.
Malfunction clearance is really nothing more than problem solving. Here is one teachable malfunction. It is two malfunctions in one, a failure to eject and a failure to extract, and it was definitely odd enough that we stopped the class so everybody could see it. Brad’s pistol ran flawlessly before and after this, and we attributed it to steel cased ammo.
An issue we continually see in our classes is the $15, crap-tastic, one-size-fits-all “ballistic” nylon holster. Several students inquired about these prior to class and Chad and I decided to allow them, however, these things are junk, and worth neither your time nor money. They fit the belt loosely, and slide and flop around a lot. They do not secure the pistol well. The non-thumb break strap is useless and possibly a safety hazard. Many times they collapse, causing shooters to use their support side hand to hold the holster open when holstering, covering their arms and/or hands with their muzzles, a flagrant safety violation. Good kydex holsters, made specifically for your gun, that don’t slide or flop on your belt, and that will secure your pistol, are just a few bucks more. I admittedly don’t have a lot of experience with leather holsters, however, in a class setting, where we are doing hundreds of repetitions in one day, a good-quality kydex or leather holster, fitted for your gun, is the way to go.
All in all, we had two great days of training. Thank you all again, for coming out and spending the time with us, and we hope to see you all again!
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