Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

A few weeks ago, I spent a week out near Pahrump, Nevada at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.   I took two classes, their “4-Day Defensive Handgun course” and their “30-state Concealed Carry Class”.  Prior to this class, I had fired a few rounds, but, definitely did not know what I was doing.  Adam, who purchased Las Vegas Geeks from me several years ago, was in the same 4-day defensive handgun class.  It was my first trip, his second trip.

Training information
During the course, I learned just how much I didn’t know about handguns!  We learned trigger control, the importance of using the front sight on the gun, and the Weber stance.

I think the class was great.  After hours and hours of drills, malfunction clearings, and more, we got to go to a small live fire house.  We had to go into it and take everything we had learned and save our loved ones who we had to imagine were being held inside the house.  Its amazing how stressful and how much adrenalin you have doing that.

Another activity we got to do was to write the name of a loved one on a “hostage” target.  We then had to save our loved ones from a hostage taker. From the 5-yard line, we had to take a single head shot to the hostage on the left, ignoring the one on the right. We did a few drills and then came back and had to take a single head shot to the hostage on the right, ignoring the one of the left. I am happy to say that I saved my Wife both times. 🙂

The classes were awesome and the knowledge I gained is life changing. The class comes HIGHLY recommended.

The worst part of it was the heat in June, but the heat, of course, is not the fault of the  dedicated staff at Front Sight.

The facilities: The good
We spent the first two days on range 1A and the second two days on range 10.  There are a total of 15 hand gun ranges, if my memory serves me correct, and two rifle ranges.   The ranges themselves were great.  Plenty of room to work with and good targets.  They used to have rotating targets but in the entry classes (including the 2-day and 4-day defensive hand gun courses) they stopped using them.  There is also a rope and repel area for a different class.  Their long term plans calls for lots of other things, but we’ll see what happens.

The facilities: The bad
I think its crazy that, for example, each range doesn’t have its own bathroom and that the hotel is 30 minutes away.  There is a spot outside of the gate for “dry” camping, but even a RV park would be a nice touch.  There are no drinking fountains but rather a water cooler at each range.  There is an onsite trailer that sells food, but no real restaurant.  There is also no Internet for student use at Front Sight.  There internal roads and parking areas are gravel.  After having the car sit in the hot desert sun all day, the inside got pretty toasty.  I’d be willing to pay for a covered parking spot.  There is “Front Sight Road” that is paved to the facility.  They supposedly paid about $2 million dollars on building this road.  Someday all the interior roads are suppose to be paved also.

Hotel
Even though its only about 80-minutes from Front Sight to my house, the classes start early and run late and I did not want to have to drive back and forth each day, so Adam and I rented a hotel room from the Saddle West hotel in Pahrump.  They offer discounted rooms for Front Sight students and a larger discount to Front Sight “First Family” members.  Their standard room felt dated.  It had nothing too exciting or fancy about it.  There was free WiFi in selected rooms, which I did not try.  They had a consumer Linksys Wireless router hanging on the wall by the front desk when we got there.  Definitely not an ideal public wireless network to use.  I   had my iPad with a data connection that I used when needed.

Cell service
Front Sight has pretty bad cell service, although there is cell service.  They gave everyone a sheet of paper with their location and asked us to contact our cell phone providers to request better cell service.

Marketing
Front Sights’ marketing reminds me some what of the stereotypical used car salesman.  Ignore it.  Or, at least know that the training you receive more than makes up for any frustration you feel from the marketing.

Membership and cost of classes
If you go to Front Sights website, please ignore the prices listed on the individual classes.  Going back to the marketing I talked about earlier, the prices posted are way too high.  I purchased a “life time membership” that allows me to take as many classes as often as I’d like.

Return trip
I am planning a return trip to Front Sight in September to take a 2-day class.  Mikey, my 6-year old, will be taking a 2-day kid class out there.  And, I want to take more classes again after that!

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Superman Family Adventures

Almost two months ago, Free Comic Book day introduced my family to Superman Family Adventures with a free preview of it.  Mikey, my 6-year-old son, enjoys reading.  I though he would enjoy a comic book so when the full issue of Superman Family Adventures #1 came out, I went down to Comic Oasis, located near Cheyenne and US-95 in Las Vegas.

When I got home, Mikey quickly read it.  This very family friendly comic book allows children to read the fantasy adventures of Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and others in the “Superman family”.  Mikey found the story interesting and page turning.  He could determine most of the words that he didn’t know, and I was there to help him on the words he didn’t know.  Issue # 2 comes out this week and in his excited, Mikey called Comic Oasis to see if they had it yet.

If you have a child who likes superheros, they will love Superman Family Adventures!

 

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The Avengers Movie Review

(This was originally posted at LVGrocerySmarts.com)

Hello, my name is Michael (better known as the husband of the Coupon Geek) and I’m the guy who runs the IT for her website. Recently, I was able to watch a special sneak preview of Marvel Comic’s The Avengers in IMAX 3D. This was my first IMAX 3D movie I’ve ever seen! At first, I was skeptical of the 3D experience, but I gotta tell you, it made the movie! I highly
recommend that when you see this movie (and you should see this movie) that you watch it in IMAX 3D.

The Avengers

The movie itself was great. As the 6th movie the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers brought together the iconic Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, all introduced in previous movies (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger). The movie was an action packed 2 1/2 hours. Although long by modern movie standards, the movie didn’t feel long. I think everyone in the theater would have been happy for it to have been even longer so we could enjoy this great fantasy movie that Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment created for us. One thing that I noticed during the movie was several unexpected moments of great humor. In the middle of a heavily packed action scene, a very funny segment was added. The humor didn’t detract from the action! The entire audience would laugh at these and helped, I believe, the audience related on a more human level to these super heroes.

The movie ends, leaving you satisfied, but wanting more! The credits roll, but don’t think about standing up and leaving! In a moment or two, in a post credit scene, you’ll find out who was really behind everything that happened in this movie, and, perhaps, we are introduced to the villain for the next movie. So hang in there even though everyone around you is ready to go!

And is this surprising reveal really in movie #7? I know I can’t wait to find out!

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4 Truths and 2 Lies: Quirky things about me

Maria tagged me for this game where you have to list 6 quirks about yourself.

4 of these are true and 2 are made up.

How well do you really know me?  Do you know which ones are made up? Who knows all the crazy things about me?

1. When I was in high school, I had a really bad poem published in a book of poetry.

2. Growing up, I wanted to be a police officer.

3. Someday, I’d like to move to the midwest and have life slowdown.

4. Growing up, I would talk in my sleep.  In fact, I have argued in my sleep with other family members who were also asleep in the same room I was in.

5. I once meet the entire cast of Star Trek: Voyager at the now closed Star Trek: The Experience.

6. I enjoy watching Saturday morning cartoons with Mikey; in fact, I think I like them more than he does!

 

Well there you go! Which ones are true?

I tag: Denise, Kinsly, and Anthony

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The Next Radio Star?

I tried out today for Radio Star 4 on Newsradio 840 KXNT.  I had a lot of fun doing it.  I had thought about doing it, but wasn’t sure if I was going to or not.  My friend Denise kept e-mailed myself and Troy that we should go out and try.  She thought we would do a good job.  At about 12:00, I called Troy to see if he wanted to go down to it (the contest started at about 9:00 AM).  He told me that he had already gone down.  I finally went down and got there at about 1:00 PM.  The people who were registering everyone said that they had filed up all the slots.  I was a little disapointed, but oh well.  I decided to stay for a while at watch.  I was going to sit near Casey Hendrickson, the afternoon drive time host and winner of Radio Star 1.  I’ve talked to him quite a bit via e-mail and phone, but have never actually meet him.  I decided, instead, to sit by the registration booth.  After being there for a few minutes, someone who was registered decided to leave.  The people registering asked me if I wanted to take his spot.  I did.  It was fun.  I got to meet Jodi, winner of Radio Star 2, who hosts the show “Jodi & Friends” Sunday mornings.  She gave some good advice when I was standing in the back waiting for my turn.  The Wife, who is at her parents for a week, listened online.  Ammon (and his parents) as well as Troy & Sarah listened on the radio.  After I do my audition, I went and sat by Casey.  After he signed off, I said hi to him.  It was nice to finally meet him in person.

I don’t imagine I’ll win, although the odds are not impossible.  There was about 110 people who tried out.  Of that, 20 people will be chosen as quarter finalists.  Once the process is all done, 1 person (out of 110) will be hired to have a show on News Radio 840 KXNT.

I’d like to thank Jack, Heather, and Alan for being judges, Casey and Patrick for hosting the show, and all the staff at KXNT who made this event possible.  It was a lot of fun!

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X-Men: The Last Stand

So, I went and saw X-Men: The Last Stand (aka X-Men 3) Friday night (opening night). Shortly before I left home, I read online *after* the closing credits there is a short but significant scene. I am sooooo glad that I waited to see the last scene. I would have been a little upset to have heard about it later.

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X-Men: The Last Stand

So, I went and saw X-Men: The Last Stand (aka X-Men 3) Friday night (opening night). Shortly before I left home, I read online *after* the closing credits there is a short but significant scene. I am sooooo glad that I waited to see the last scene. I would have been a little upset to have heard about it later.

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