I've broken down the AAR into 4 parts. Part 1 here is all the general stuff. Part 2 will be Training Day 1: Pistol. Part 3 will be Training Day 2: Carbine 1. Part 4 will be Training Day 3: Carbine 2.
Frank instills efficiencies in all methods as well as the omnipresent use of your eyes to track everything. This goes hand in hand with situational awareness. Using your eyes to know how much sight alignment you need based on distance, target size and volume of fire. Consciously and then subconsciously, seeing and feeling everything that’s going on so as to learn from every evolution and in fact every round fired.
Many of these were gained once he started competing and in short order ascending to the highest levels of both USPSA (Grandmaster) and IDPA (Master in SSP). He’s always experimenting and trying new things. These efficiencies are then transferred to Army SF guys and back and forth he goes.
We would get instruction on detailed techniques, we would go many iterations of fire and feedback and then these would be added to and eventually the package would be put to use in at times very involved courses of fire. With some outfits these courses of fire are limited to doing them just once or at times twice. Not with Frank and the small class size of 11 students.
Most of the targets were steel (small IDPA/USPSA targets 12”x20”) and USPSA cardboard targets which in turn had different zones like a vertical 3”x5” index card in the USPSA body A-Zone, strip of 1”x2” tape in the head (an inch across) and sometimes a paper plate (8” diameter). Even when these smaller zones were removed (as with the steel and the plain USPSA target) Frank wants you to aim for a spot on the target. This finer directed fire results in more rounds landing in the desired zone even with imperfections.
Frank also quoted Pat McNamara
several times as well as Steve Anderson
’s “Dry-fire Drills”.
Most shooters had Glock pistols and various types of M4 carbines. Malfunctions were minimal.
Safety brief was given throughout the days with emphasis on finger out of the trigger guard and muzzle awareness. The particular range (ASR Eagles Nest “D”) is a weird one in that you cannot fire to the north.
What I learnt most was to be even more efficient and along with the eye / situational awareness all resulting in faster rounds to the target while losing acceptable accuracy.