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Looking to Go to Thunder Ranch

Discussion in 'Firearms Chat' started by Defcon Shooter, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Defcon Shooter

    Defcon Shooter Sharpshooter

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    Wife and I are looking at heading to Lakeview Oregon next Spring to take Clint Smith's DH1 class at Thunder Ranch. Anyone been before? It seems like a lot of fun from the videos.
     
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    Looks like a lot of fun and knowledgeable instructors but like anything firearms related if not feed constantly and often it’s a depreciating skill. For that kind of scratch they should offer discounts for maintenance follow on training. I’m sure you’ll learn a great deal from the course of fire. Let us know how it goes.
     
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    Yes, indeed; please do.
     
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    We are very fortunate to have some great courses here in Oklahoma. I have attended classes by Marshall Luton, Mike Seeklander and Phil Strader (no longer in OK) and enjoyed them all. However, one of my first courses I ever took was Jeff Coopers course in 1987. That training has stuck with me ever since so anytime you can afford to spend the coin and time you need to do it. While I have never been to Thunder Ranch I know several folks who have and they speak very highly of the program.
     
  5. Defcon Shooter

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    Well I'm blessed to have a range that we use a mile from our house. We train around twice a week weather permitting. This morning we setup a mock grocery store checkout line and practiced moving to achieve safe firing angles on bad guy targets. These were interspersed with innocents so that one had to move from spot to spot to create safe shooting angles. My wife and I (also NRA instructor) fired off about 300 rounds each working on different solutions to problems. We also worked on some shoot no shoot stuff using training weapons. Of course a few obligatory dummy rounds in the courses of fire to check malfunction clearance skills. Great to have a wife who in a bad situation is my back up not someone I have to think about her being just a victim.
    We ran rounds through several different platforms working on dissimilar weapon usage too. Had a couple 1911's , Sig P series decockers, smith striker fired guns and revolvers always good to keep in tune on platforms one might encounter in a worst case scenario.
     
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    I just completed a basic pistol instruction for 33 ladies at a Women in the Outdoors event yesterday.
    90 % had their concealed carry license.
    99% had no clue how to have a proper grip on the pistol or how to accurately shoot.
    Grandpa’s and Hubbies ’ instruction behind the barn doesn’t get it.
    Some couldn’t hit the target at 7 yards missing by a foot or more.
    Only had them for 45 minutes per squad, but felt they learned something with their groups getting
    Smaller and they learned about clips Vs magazines and actually improved their
     
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    Yeah I get a lot of folks telling me they got their training in concealed carry I just cringe inwardly. Heck i got a video yesterday from a school offering a course on pocket gun application. In the video the student draws from his right pocket while seated in a vehicle. Then crosses the muzzle across his right leg and proceeds to engage the targets. Heck most police officers do not have the training they should have but budgets don't allow for it
     
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    True stoty. I've wanted to go to either Gunsite or TR for years. Just can't swing it on a cop's salary. :cry3:
     
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