I have gone to a few FrontSight classes and I keep on meaning to write a proper review of them, but I never quite get around to it. The reason for that is fairly simple: a lot of people visit FrontSight and quite a few of them write about it.
I do not think I have anything particularly new to offer, but if you want me to talk a little more about the curricullum and how they teach stuff, shoot me an e-mail or say something in the comments. I’ll be happy to provide more information.
Still, there are a few things I thought I should say since a lot of what I see out there in FrontSight discussions has not matched my experience with the place.
I recorded a brief video clip a couple of days ago when I came back from the latest class:
Some of this may be repetitive with the video, so I will make it brief.
When you sign up, you get on their e-mail list and you start getting an immediate barrage of long and frequently idiotic e-mail from Ignatius Piazza (I am sure he does not send them himself). Those e-mails were such a turn off that I did not go for many years. When I finally made it over, my opinion changed. Classes are well structured and well run. Basic classes are aimed at being equalizers: they are really there to get rank beginners up to speed and for experienced shooters they are a refresher. However, since there are several instructors who keep on roaming around and looking at what you are doing, the individual suggestions you get are geared at whatever you need help with. I took a lot of advantage of that since I have gone a few times with friends or family to the same basic class. I just wheel up to the instructor early on and ask a question. Once they figure out that I generally know what I am doing, they are very helpful with whatever specific thing I am struggling with at any given time.
I took several rifle and handgun classes there and with handguns I started bringing in different guns and holsters to test them out in a rather repetitive environment where you work on the presentation and general gun handling a lot. It is generally a good idea to revisit the fundamentals every so often, and this way I get to keep it interesting.
Next time I do it, I will probably bring a revolver, or take the class left handed. I shoot adequately well with both hands, but but I have not done any presentation drills with the the left hand. That should be interesting.