239 years ago 56 men pledged their “pledge [their] lives, [their] fortune, and [their] sacred honor” in an act of rebellion against the government. The government had, in the minds of these 56 “traitors” had made “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the people’s rights and liberties. These 56 men stated for all “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States”. Continue reading
almost two years ago, I wrote about the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe it is worth reposting:
As often quoted, the Second Amendment of the God Inspired US Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
All too often, people quote the last half of it “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This part is definitely important, but it misses the why.
A well regulated
Well regulated means working properly. In the context of firearms a more modern phrase maybe “well trained”. This is why I attend Front Sight Training Institute, to allow myself to be well trained in correct firearms handling.
The Militia Act Of 1792 states that all “free able-bodied white male citizen between the ages of 18 and 45 [are part of the] local militia company” (later amended to state all persons)
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” — George Mason (1788)
being necessary to the security of a free State
If the people are ever disarmed, then who would protect the country from foreign and domestic traitors?
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
If I would to try to write it in a slightly longer, slightly more modern vernacular, I might say “All able bodied people should receive training in proper gun handling, to ensure the security and freedom of the individual, the States and the Country from foreign and domestic traitors and tyrants, and then have and keep with them firearms. This right shall not be reduced or removed.”
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is a world-class gun training school on 550 acres near Las Vegas, NV. I’ve written about them before and have done various giveaways in the past to attend their phenomenal training.
Recently, Front Sight started a new video series called “Front Sight Reality Check”. In this series, they examine footage from shootings and give feedback on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Front Sight doesn’t do this in an attempt to be “Monday morning quarterbacks”, but to help the viewer thinking about the training they have received so that, should they find themselves in a similar situation, they would be better prepared. As of the date of this post, six episodes have been released. You can watch all 6 below and are each about 5 minutes long.
In May, I decided to give away a Patriot Lifetime Membership to Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. On July 2nd & 3rd, when I was at Front Sight for a 2 night defensive handgun class, I decided I wanted to do an even bigger giveaway! Around 11:30 PM on July 3rd, all the students attending a class at Front Sight was gathered in the classroom, where an amazing gift from Dr. Ignatius Piazza, the founder of Front Sight, was presented. He was able to gather original signatures of all 56 patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. He put that, with their picture and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. This will be proudly displayed at Front Sight. The men who signed this document pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the cause of liberty and freedom. Because of their bravery, our country was established, with its God Inspired Constitution. Part of this is the 2nd Amendment, which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I want to help protect this right by helping my friends and family and others gain valuable training. The training provided here is amazing! So, I am going to give away an amazing membership. Continue reading
“And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed their God; for the Lord had said unto them, and also unto their fathers, that: Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies. And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.”
Over the last 12-days, the Spring Mountain ranges west of Las Vegas have been on fire (“Carpenter 1 Fire”). Nearly 28,000 acres have been burned. Hundreds of families have been displaced as their neighborhoods have been under mandatory evacuation. My company owns and operates The Resort on Mt Charleston, which is currently closed due to the fires and evacuation orders. I can better speak of what happened at the Resort, but I assume similar facts happened all over the mountain. At about 10:30 PM on Friday, July 5, 2013, as guests were winding down for the night, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the property and said the hotel needed to be evacuated due to the smoke and potential for the fire to the hotel. Metro Police walked the hotel with hotel staff and knocked on each door, making sure that everyone left, with basically no notice. The residents up in the area had a similar time frame. There was some rain the last 2-days, which helped fire crews get the fire from 10% contained to 50% contained. Without the help from the rain, crews might still have the fire at 10% containment. Continue reading
A few months ago, after the Connecticut School Shooting, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence, in the hopes of “saving one child”. As with many politicians, the President hoped to have a report coming back showing how evil guns are and that he needs to immediately disarm the law-abiding American public.
Instead, the report (available from the National Academic Press at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18319 (or you can download a PDF version of Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence) painted a much different picture.
As you read it, you will plainly see why the media has been ignoring it. It doesn’t fit their template as it contains important truth such as: Continue reading
I am giving away a Lifetime Membership to Front Sight Training Institute, about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas. This membership will allow you to attend six classes as many times as you want, free of charge, for the rest of your life. Called the “Patriot Membership”, you can take two-day and four-day defensive handgun, two-day and four-day practice rifle, and two-day and four-day tactical shotgun. For more information on this membership, visit http://www.frontsight.com/patriot-membership.asp. Classes start most Fridays and most Mondays (except in July and August). This world class training is incredible. Enter by commenting below. Contest will close Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Fine print: The winner will have to pay a $100.00 membership transfer fee directly to Front Sight. Each calendar year that you take a class, Front Sight requires a $50.00 background check fee. No purchase necessary. Winner can not be already be a Lifetime Member of Front Sight. Front Sight Management, LLC is not a sponsor of this giveaway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!