We’re open for business by popular demand and will be at the range Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to just before 12:00 when the gates close.
I’ve been enjoying non-pressure days with old friends and working on my game. Feel free to drop by and shoot awhile. Just range fees, no extra charge for second opinions or free advice. Just drop by and say Hi! Paul
The last Night Shoot we did was also our first. Naturally we all brought our toys and did the best we could in low light. This time we will Create Scenarios that a couple will have to work out during a home invasion or even feeding the animals at night.
So be sure to make it to La Garita Pistol Club for a chance to get some experience. Bring your pistol, a light and a hundred rounds of ammo. Best price on ammo is still at El Trabuco in the Multi Plaza Mall or in the Zapote Mall.
Sunday March 30Th at 5 p.m.
La Garita Pistol Club’s 1st Night Shoot
I want to thank my South African friend Jim Morris, motorcycle rider (“African Hardcore
Adventures”) and fellow shooting instructor for showing me things he’d learned in Rhodesia back in the bad old days, (just before the worse old days as Zimbabwe). Jim was a police officer there and developed a system with two people in low light situations.
I’d also like to thank my friend “Manny” Kapelsohn for his contribution towards my enlightenment in the use of tactical illumination. What follows is a small step, a beginning of sorts, towards better knowledge in Defensive Night Fighting.
Shooters became engrossed in conversation as I watched the light fade to dark and I had to get them moving before we couldn’t see at all. I think the dark brings out the best in us. Definitely want to do more of this…
Two New Graduates last week!
Rich and Arlen called two weeks ago and asked when they could take my Defensive Pistol Course. We made a date the same week and boy, did we have fun.
I really like working with couples. It was clear these two really liked and cared for each other. There was a sense of excitement when they arrived. They’d never held a gun in their hands at all. GOOD! No bad habits to break.
During the class, I discovered they’d had guns pulled on them twice in the last month. One from behind a tree while Arlen was walking and another from a passenger on a motorcycle while driving. I have to wonder why some people believe taking guns away from my students will make the country a safer place; but that’s a discussion for another day.
They struggled with form and worried over recoil until they finally got a grip. Once they learned how to hang on and got the voo-doo between the sights and trigger sorted out, things settled down and they started getting hits.
Soon they were using cover and thinking tactically. The whole point of my course is for civilians to live through a life threatening attack; the only reason to even have a gun. So I make them move. A gunfight is dynamic and unless your defense is dynamic too, the prognosis for long life is dim.
We here at La Garita Pistol Club stay as close to the bone as we can. We don’t teach target practice, worry much about a “fair fight” and don’t feel the least bit paranoid for wanting an equalizer during a home invasion. There’s a lot to this Defensive Pistol business but the average person can learn to save their own lives in my two day course.
I’ve never been much of a Joiner. I left Cub Scouts on the second meeting and resented school for as long as it lasted. The same with firearms organizations. So when it comes time to show my Credentials as a Firearms Instructor, there isn’t much to show there either.
In those heady days when IPPSC was just being formed and a certain Colonel Jeff Cooper began to question the old ways. “Defensive Pistol” became a hot topic in the gun world. About that time a few of us formed a club that was closed to the public and further membership. We hired a Dozer to make a backstop and began to work on our game. Our Club members were “working” people. Jewelers in New York City, a Private Detective; even a Pizza Delivery guy who worked in Trenton New Jersey. You could always tell when he was on the firing line because he was the only one who held his hand in the air as if holding a pizza. We weren’t learning to shoot, we were learning to live.
Going through my papers, I found a couple ear warn Diplomas; two From the NRA and one, that I’m far more proud of from Norm Engelhardt’s NPI (Northeast Pistol Institute). Today however, another Testimonial arrived as an attachment from my friend and old Club Member, Emanuel (Manny) Kapelsohn.
Merry Christmas and an Enlightening New Year,