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View Poll Results: What are your feelings about Front Sight?
Great Training for Beginners Only. 77 8.13%
Great Training Beginner and Advanced. 639 67.48%
The Quality of Training is Going Down Hill. 21 2.22%
I paid too much for my Membership! 45 4.75%
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Old 09-16-2019, 2:30 PM
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Apologies if this is the wrong thread to ask, but I'm curious about the Diamond Membership. Someone I know has a large number of them, and I was offered one. To be blunt, it seems too good to be true.

My understanding is, this would enable me to take classes at Front Sight, with my costs being travel expenses and ammunition. So I'm trying to figure out what it would really cost, out-of-pocket, to go up there from SoCal and take a class using this membership. I would probably take something for pistol shooting.

I'm also curious about what I can do, in advance, to better prepare (if anything). I'm 50-ish, have been shooting since I was small, but not a lot of formal training. I can do a five-point presentation, but it's not bright and shining, for example.
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Old 09-16-2019, 4:10 PM
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Plus the $50 a year background check. FS has a online class for a $1 that should get you up to speed.
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Your room rate at best western with Front sight pricing is $89 a night with a very good breakfast. Other places can be had or you can dry camp. Take your lunch or order one in as you donít have enough time to leave the site.
Buy your ammo through ammo supply warehouse along with mags and have them delivered at no cost to best western.
Read the FAQ on the site and run quality equipment that they recommend. To prepare just go with a open mind to try something new.
As for too good to be true, they are still making money. You will receive very good instruction. If you only go once it is more than worth it. Just donít waste your time on a two day class as it really starts to come together in day three and four. Otherwise open mind, donít fight their system, and most importantly have fun.
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Old 09-16-2019, 7:12 PM
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Ammo Supply Warehouse will ship to your home in CA.
If you are a brave person Saddle West Casino has a Front Sight Special. $49 with a buffet breakfast. It is pretty old and run down. They have $10 lunches available or $12 at Front Sight. I have also rented an Air BNB when I went with a large group together.
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Old 09-16-2019, 9:24 PM
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I appreciate the responses.

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Your room rate at best western with Front sight pricing is $89 a night with a very good breakfast. Other places can be had or you can dry camp. Take your lunch or order one in as you donít have enough time to leave the site.
Buy your ammo through ammo supply warehouse along with mags and have them delivered at no cost to best western.
Read the FAQ on the site and run quality equipment that they recommend. To prepare just go with a open mind to try something new.
As for too good to be true, they are still making money. You will receive very good instruction. If you only go once it is more than worth it. Just donít waste your time on a two day class as it really starts to come together in day three and four. Otherwise open mind, donít fight their system, and most importantly have fun.
I have been looking at the FAQ, and I found the $1 video which currently does not work.

Regarding four-day classes, I need to schedule these when my work schedule permits. How far in advance does a class-- say, four-day defensive handgun-- need to be booked?

The FAQ is pretty extensive, and will take time to read and digest, but I was wondering if they have a high season and a low season? In other words, do folks tend to avoid the place in the summer?

Their Web site says that these Diamond Memberships were sold out at $15K/each, so I still can't understand how they make money if I pay a very small fraction of that as a transfer fee to get one. Maybe like a gym? They are counting on me not making the drive?

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Ammo Supply Warehouse will ship to your home in CA.
If you are a brave person Saddle West Casino has a Front Sight Special. $49 with a buffet breakfast. It is pretty old and run down. They have $10 lunches available or $12 at Front Sight. I have also rented an Air BNB when I went with a large group together.
I doubt that Ammo Supply Warehouse will ship to me in CA now. But can't one simply pick up what they need in town?

Thanks again for the replies. My local CCW training outfit runs field trips to FS, and they wouldn't bother if it wasn't legit.
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Old 09-16-2019, 9:43 PM
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Might be worth a call to make sure. 775-513-1058
https://www.ammosupplywarehouse.com/...e=shippinginfo

You need to make an appointment to pick up. It's out of a house. I am usually coming in too late and they don't open early enough before classes start. They have helped my out after class though, when I needed a different shotgun gun shell.
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I’ve had Ammo Supply Warehouse drop mine off at the Holiday Inn and it’s been waiting for me when I checked in.
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Old 09-17-2019, 7:44 AM
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You need to book classes at least 2 weeks out. As far as down times summer is down due to heat and it gets REAL cold in the winter.
Mike at Ammo Supply is a solid guy. He can shop to CA but then you have to go through background checks.

As far as Front Sight is concerned you will get quite a few emails from them. Their online presence does not look anything like the school operates in reality. Staff are extremely professional and it is a well run machine. You have to keep in mind that during peak season they are running 1000 students a day on any of 50 ranges.
So rather than being skeptical I would suggest just going. Have an open mind, bring good equipment, and be prepared to learn. If all you do is just go once it will be more than worth it.
The basic class will have you drawing from concealment. The class is basic but you have to pass 90% on the test under time and perform malfunction drills. Classes after that get more advanced.
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Old 09-17-2019, 8:13 AM
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Best experience you will have going no matter what your age. Ammo warehouse is a good place for ammo. Our group uses LAX and shipped right to the Winery which is a perfect setup for us. The FS video is worth the buck to rent and DIAMOND level is a sweet spot to be. Good shooting!
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Old 09-17-2019, 8:23 AM
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I was over at FS for the first time as a non-student on Sunday. We needed to get hearing tested and our ears molded for Sport Ears. The dog is still too sick to leave home alone for too long. It felt strange being there and not have that class excitement in your gut.

Good news: Weather was actually very good, low 90’s but with the dry air and breeze, it was pleasant. Only 89 students for the entire school that day according to Pro Shop gals. They’re waiting to re-stock the Pro Shop any day now. Umm, yeah.

Bad news: the food trailer is not open yet waiting for permits.

Oops: Forgot to unload the gun entering the property. No, I didn’t shoot through the gas tank like they said would happen LOL


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Old 09-17-2019, 7:59 PM
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Hi Guys... Just sharing some summer memories...

For those that know, last December was a Front Sight vacation for the entire family - my wife and I took the 4DDHG, and my two kids (8 and 11) were in the 4-day Youth and Safety class.

During the school break, I took it upon myself to start my eldest with firearms, pistols at least. We went through the Safety Rules, safe gun handling (muzzle/trigger discipline, chamber/magazine check), marksmanship fundamentals (sight picture/alignment, trigger control), basic manipulations (drawing, holstering, slide lock reload), etc. It definitely was a fun-filled and educational summer...

A couple of weeks before the school started, got him a Glock .22LR conversion kit, his own eyes and ears and headed to FT3 Tactical for his first live fire...




Right now, his 5-step draw to 5-yards unconcealed is about 1.6-sec, and his reload is 2.7-sec. Can't wait until he gets better with the .22LR then transitions to the 9mm so I can bring him to the Front Sight shooting classes!


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Old 09-18-2019, 2:39 AM
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Wow! Neat recap with a video. One happy kid - my first was a 22 Flobert rifle - long time ago in NYC even rode the city bus with it - not today.
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I have heard they allow 22LR for those that need it. I don't think the test will count for your G or DG. Not 100% sure though. Anyone else?
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Wow! Neat recap with a video. One happy kid - my first was a 22 Flobert rifle - long time ago in NYC even rode the city bus with it - not today.
Thank you Sir...!!!




UPDATE: .22LR is not allowed as per this link: https://www.frontsight.com/firearms-...g/handguns.asp

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I have heard they allow 22LR for those that need it. I don't think the test will count for your G or DG. Not 100% sure though. Anyone else?
I am not sure whether it's allowed or not. However, you'd be missing out a lot with .22LR...
  1. Dry practice drills - you'd just ruin the gun
  2. Gun handling/manipulations and malfunctions



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Thank you Sir...!!!


UPDATE: .22LR is not allowed as per this link: https://www.frontsight.com/firearms-...g/handguns.asp


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That is just for pocket guns. I have seen .22 used in class with larger guns. Just can't set up for a type 3 or qualify for a shiny sticker.
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That is just for pocket guns. I have seen .22 used in class with larger guns. Just can't set up for a type 3 or qualify for a shiny sticker.
But wouldn't the dry practice drills ruin the gun, ie., dry fire is not recommended for rimfires?


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But wouldn't the dry practice drills ruin the gun, ie., dry fire is not recommended for rimfires?
It depends on the gun:

https://www.americanhunter.org/artic...-rimfire-guns/
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I have seen rounds on the ground before and asked the instructor about it, because I thought they weren't allowed. That's when he told me it was possible. I bought a conversion kit for a Glock just so my daughter might try it.
Advantage Arms machine a small relief at the top of the chamber to help eliminate this problem
http://advantagearms.hostasaurus.com...antageRing.jpg

I'm sure it's not recommended for the firearm, but I would think the firing pin is taking the brunt of damage. How expensive could that be to replace?

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Classes around Easter fill up fast. My guess is many holidays fill up

With VrBO and other rental options you have more choices but I had a difficult time finding rooms on one trip as I waited too long to book.

The memberships should be about $100 and are a no brainer. Lots of good training for the $50 annual fee when you train.
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Interesting.



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Advantage Arms machine a small relief at the top of the chamber to help eliminate this problem
http://advantagearms.hostasaurus.com...antageRing.jpg

I'm sure it's not recommended for the firearm, but I would think the firing pin is taking the brunt of damage. How expensive could that be to replace?
I have the same kit. Let me reach out to AA and check with them. If it is possible, then I can have my 11-year old take the 4DDHG much earlier than I anticipated (he's a Diamond member, btw).


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I have a 12 yo son that I am putting through a class in two months. Front sight is not crazy about the 22 but the will allow it for circumstances such as a small shooter and such. No chance at a shiney sticker but that is not what he is going for. In fact I wonít even wear a conceal garment. Havenít decided on what 22 he will use or if I will pick up an AA kit for a glock. But my plan is to have him shoot 22 and get used to using that rather than something that may cause him to develop bad habits right out of the gate.
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I have a 12 yo son that I am putting through a class in two months. Front sight is not crazy about the 22 but the will allow it for circumstances such as a small shooter and such. No chance at a shiney sticker but that is not what he is going for. In fact I wonít even wear a conceal garment. Havenít decided on what 22 he will use or if I will pick up an AA kit for a glock. But my plan is to have him shoot 22 and get used to using that rather than something that may cause him to develop bad habits right out of the gate.
That sounds good... Would appreciate if you could provide an after action report. I might be able to get my kid to a 4DDHG (or a 2DDHG, considering it might be too long for him) during the winter break from the 20th of Dec until the 12th of Jan. Hoping that there are no special circumstances at work that I can't take the week off...

Absolutely agree with you that there is a high chance he may develop bad habits due to recoil, hence, the same intent - stick with the .22LR. At the meantime, am drilling him with the manipulations at home (safety, draw, holster, reload).

And as mentioned above, I will reach out to Advantage Arms and ask them if their kit would allow dry fire. Still wary about that...

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My wife used a 22 a couple of times, instructors thought it was great, just did dry practice with a dead trigger, yes no shiny sticker.
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A 10-12 year old should be able to handle and fire a 9mm Glock without any difficulty. My two boys trained at Frontsight with Glock 19's when they were that age.

They just need to be taught proper TECHNIQUE. That takes care of all of your gun handling issues, including recoil control.
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A 10-12 year old should be able to handle and fire a 9mm Glock without any difficulty. My two boys trained at Frontsight with Glock 19's when they were that age.

They just need to be taught proper TECHNIQUE. That takes care of all of your gun handling issues, including recoil control.
I agree 100% My grandson could pass the test cold with any compact through full-size 9mm I handed him at age 12. I started him shooting with a 9mm somewhere in his 11th year when he expressed an interest in handguns.

Now at almost 16, I'm pretty sure he could DG the Advanced Handgun test without too much effort. I'm a horrible grandfather, I still haven't been able to get him out to Front Sight...

Recently at an informal club practical shooting match he placed 1st above everyone but the most seasoned shooters...something like 4th overall of 18-20 shooters.
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