Front Sight Course Critique

Course date
May 3rd, 2013
Course Type
4-Day Defensive Handgun
Range Master
Paul Beneux (with Rena Tucker and Chris Dickson)
Range Number(s)
5 and 15
Professionalism and friendliness of the staff
Each of the staff members with whom I dealt was friendly and professional.
Comments about specific instructors or staff members
Beneux was just about perfect as an instructor, and Tucker was wonderfully outgoing and helpful.
Quality of the course curriculum
Excellent. I took your two-day defensive handgun course back in 2011, and thought I had retained most of what I learned. Maybe so, but I hadn’t internalized it, and this course really helped with that. The additional two days really helped with my getting the course content, compared to the two-day course, and the two-day course is great in its own right.
Efficiency, logistics, and administration of the course
Excellent. No issues.
Welcome, sign-in, and weapons inspection on the first morning
Excellent. No issues.
Classroom lectures and video presentations
These were generally excellent. I understand why Mayer doesn’t talk about disarming the attacker after your after-action drill, but I still disagree — I think you should move any weapon away from your attacker as a precaution.
Pro shop staff, inventory, and efficiency
I didn’t deal with the Pro Shop during this course.
Physical facilities
Even though not much seems to have changed since Fall 2011, the Front Sight facility is still very impressive. Job well done.
Overall course rating (1-10)
Overall, I would rate Front Sight’s four-day defensive handgun course a ten out of ten.

Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA