Another school district moves to protect their children by allowing TDI-FASTER trained staff carry concealed in their school buildings. Law enforcement can never be there in time. Lost minutes means lost lives. The teachers and staff are there. Let them be vetted, licensed, trained and certified to protect the children. ...
A review of our first Handgun 1-3 class of the year. There are only a very few openings for the late Fall, 2017 classes.
"TDI Handgun I-III Review
So I finally got around to taking TDI's Handgun I-III course. It was a very intense 3-day weekend of instruction and shooting. More than just lectures, it is practical in every sense of the word.
I'm not going to go into specific details. After all, the course materials are TDI's intellectual property. Instead, I'm going to give you my impressions of it.
First off, I shoot a lot. So far this year I have shot about 200 rounds per week on average. If I maintain that pace I will clear 10,000 rounds fired by the end of the year. Ask any of your friends who shoot if 10K rounds a year shows a commitment to improving and retaining skill. So yeah, I think of myself as a good shot.
The first day at TDI I learned something that markedly improved my shooting. Day freaking ONE. Furthermore, I wasn't the best shot in the class at all. This is a place to come to improve no matter how good you think you are. One thing is for sure, ALL of the instructors have impressive skills that I can only hope to roughly emulate.
If you go to TDI, and you should, there is a list of stuff you should bring with you: 1 – a willingness to learn 2 – a willingness to learn 3 – a willingness to learn OK, the list is actually longer than that but you get the point. If you go there thinking that you are some uber-speed-death-ninja-3000 then you're not going to improve. Worse, you won't discover your own limitations (and we ALL have some). Go there, hear them out, and try the approaches they teach. Odds are you'll find yourself able to execute those better than most anything else.
The class included not just shooting but also tactics. Shooting on the move. When not to shoot. How to deal with a threat that may not appear to be a lethal threat. House clearing. It was like drinking from a firehose. I think it's going to take me a few weeks of doing my own drills just to begin to understand what all I can absorb from this class.
So, let's talk seriously about gear for a second. I took a 9x19mm Sig P320C (from Kyle's Gunshop). My holster and gun belt were by Zlogonje Gunleathers. My dual mag carrier was by Zach Troutt. I used Remington 115-gr FMJ for my ammo. Most critically, I had an UpLula magazine loader.
The reality is that you NEED to have a semi-automatic pistol to take this course. Most of you know that I am a dedicated revolver guy. I truly dislike semi-autos in general and the 9x19mm cartridge in particular. Don't even get me started on polymer framed, striker-fired guns. But that's what the course is geared towards so deal with it. Most of the instructors carry either Glocks or S&W M&Ps. My Sig 320 wasn't the only one in the class and the instructors sort of ogled them with curiosity. Whatever gun you take you should really have at least 10 round magazine capacity and a mag holder that can hold at least 2 spare mags. A lot of the drills are 30-round count so that single-stack with 7 rounds just isn't going to cut it.
I had one unintentional pistol malfunction while I was at this class (yes, they intentionally cause you malfunctions at certain points in the class to teach you how to deal with them). My very, very dirty pistol locked the slide back on a magazine that still had ammo in it. Maybe it was operator error, my thumbs could've been high enough to accidentally engage the slide release I suppose, but regardless it shouldn't have happened. Seeing the slide locked back I just automatically executed a reload and continued the string of fire. It wasn't until the end of that drill when I went to pick up my magazines from the ground that I saw ammo still in it. Not a big deal but just wanted to mention it in the interest of full disclosure. I've seen the same, and worse, happen to every other type/brand of gun even when not as dirty as my Sig.
The skills they teach are applicable to any handgun. If you're a revolver guy like me and prefer a 5-shot .44 Special...great. Go to TDI with a 9x19mm semi-auto and then practice at your home range with your wheelgun using the skills you started to learn. Shooting 5 rounds at a time at your own pace is fine, you just don't want to slow down the whole class at TDI is all. TDI also has a snubby revolver class that I took previously which is also quite good.
TDI courses are not cheap but they are worth it. The student to instructor ratio is roughly 3:1 but if you get hung up on something you'll have one on one instruction until you can get past the hurdle. If you have never been it is worth going." ...
Tactical Defense Institute 2174 Bethany Ridge
West Union, OH 45693