In less than two weeks, I will be taking my first handgun course (well, since my basic firearms safety course in the early 1990s, that is). My buddy Matt at Down Range Firearms Training is running his Fundamentals of Combat Focus Shooting class, and as luck would have it, I've got the weekend free so I will be in attendance. I'll be wearing my "Press" hat as well as being a first-time class attendee, so this should be a world of firsts.
Now, being as how this is my first class - ever - there's quite a bit of second-guessing going on inside the cabeza de Jay G. I'm trying to think what I should bring for a handgun - while I want to bring something that I normally carry, I'm also mindful that shooting a subcompact firearm all day long isn't going to be the most pleasant experience ever. .45 ACP is right out - while I have no problem shooting it all day (and the G30 would be a great choice...), it's just too pricey to go through that much ammo.
So, I'm going to be bringing a 9mm, no question there; the question then becomes whether I run the S&W M&P 9 compact, the Ruger SR9 Compact, or the SIG SAUER P226. I have more magazines for the SIG plus it's an easier gun to shoot; however I've certainly got a better array of carry gear for the M&P. I'm leaning towards the Ruger SR9c, simply because it's easier to shoot than the M&P and it will fit most of the M&P holsters.
I realized something over the weekend - this is a pretty bad time to be trying to gear up. Recommended gear for this course is a kydex holster and a magazine pouch, and I took a quick look online to see what options there were. Right now, there are two choices: Slim and none. Sure, I can grab a nylon one-size-fits-some holster, but after that, everything is out of stock. I can pull something together from existing holsters and such in the big box 'o' holsters, but it was pretty eye-opening to see that even gear is selling like crazy.
I'm looking forward to the class immensely. I've heard very good things about the instruction provided by Down Range Firearms Training as well as having known Matt for years; with any kind of luck this can help to dispel the "minute of berm" bad habits I've picked up over the years. I'm attending the class first and foremost as a new shooter - while I've been shooting for years, this will be the first formal instruction, so I am going to try my best to leave my thoughts on how I think things should be done at home and listen to what is being taught.
We'll see how things work out, but I'm excited and a little nervous about what this class will teach me - mostly about myself.
That is all.