Shannon. when I took the class we operated in sniper spotter teams. further we discovered that mil dot ranging was extremely limited, further still we learned that guys with PDA's were SO far behind guys with accurate range cards that they make them largely useless for most field and shooting situations. perfect became the enemy of good enough.
In any event Magpuls training division seems like it's in shambles right now with only thier newly online precision division with an instructor (but a darn good one who is hampered by corporate company silliness). Further the website schedule is nigh impossible to navigate as is getting a person on the phone to talk to about it. It's really a shame. It's not the only training company having serious issues either. Another big name is struggling with a leadership/identity crisis and is/has alienated it's base of support and winning formula in favor of other persuits.
Some really uncertain things going on in the training field and the future will lie not with big name companies but small ones with the desire to train people, low overhead, ease of enrollment and the ability to grab attention and hold it without gimmick.
Big + 1 here.
I'm finding out the hard way, that setting up good, safe, valuable training classes requires a huge amount of prior legwork, logistic planning, and the ability to work with multiple personalities, who do not get paid for most of that.
I love doing it, when they go off well, but I find that training people on a very small scale, when we hog hunt at the ranch in small groups, is much, much easier.
I see training evolving toward much more "in the field" situations. Square ranges are boring to many people, once they are really GTG with fundamentals. Sniper training is really cool, but I find more and more people asking us for "night hunting" training. This involves the marksmanship, woodsmanship, and many other facets of field craft not taught in just "tactical" classes.
Hey Chris you know two expert professional pistol instructors who are more than willing to help out. Just sayin. I mean they do it for a living ya know.
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Not only do I appreciate that generous offer, but I have plans for you guys, believe me.
I was just talking about you recently when brainstorming on new events. This weekend's event (the Night Defender Class) in Victoria, will be a chance to proof the formal NV training and start the process of planning the advanced events, which may include a day of intermediate to advanced nighttime skills, and then on to the live targets, etc.