Recently I was in Camden for Tactical Response’s free Alumni Training Weekend. Tactical Response gives their students two days of free training, often on topics not well covered in the normal Tactical Response curriculum.
On Friday I flew in via Southwest Airlines. I fairly painless process, except for an hour delay. I stayed at a cabin in the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, nicknamed the Texas Team Room since it was with a group from the Central Texas Training Group.
The first day of training started early at 07:00 at the Gear Store, with a safety briefing, waiver signing, and splitting up of the groups. I was in the first group that did the classroom section first.
The classroom lectures started with a presentation on Back Up guns by Sherman House. This was a good overviews of the mindset of back up guns, the selection, and the features to look for. Next Sherman did a presentation on simple wound closure, using pigs feet as an example, he showed basic suturing. The classroom lectures ends with a presentation on Information Security by Jason Blackwell. All three are topics not normally covered by Tactical Response in their normal courses, and were a good overview on where to start into the topic.
We broke for lunch where most of the people went to Kody’s for his excellent food. After the extended lunch the we started the second half of the day on the range. The first section of the range was a Shotgun Primer with Tim Morris. This section was a basic intro into scatter guns, a subject which I am sorely lacking, I shot just over 25 rounds of bird shot. Next we moved “Enchacing the fighting grip” with Paul Gomez. This covered getting a better grip on the gun, so you can shot faster with increased accuracy. Finally we moved onto multiple target engagements at different distances, this covered the adjustment from firing at targets at different distances, speeding up on closer targets, while slowing down on farther targets. The target distances adjusted from 3-37 yards. That concluded the training on day one, that evening we went to the Kentucky Lake Friends of the NRA dinner. Followed by hanging out that evening Team Room.
The next day training started at 08:00, this time we started on the range, with a short section of chokes by Aaron, and Rikki Little of Performance Edge Training. Followed by a presentation on Blackjacks, and Saps by Paul Gomez. We then moved back to the Gear Store for the last two lectures of the day which was a presentation on moving between point and aimed fire with how XS Sights fits into the equation. Ending with a lecture on stress by Doc Norman. With the presentations done we broke for lunch, followed by the Swap Meet. Unfortunately I had I fly out that afternoon so I had go back to the cabin to pack.
Overall it was a fun and informative weekend. A bit more laid back then the previous Alumni Weekend which allowed for a bit for socializing with people that we haven’t seen for some time.
My round count for the weekend was just over 25 rounds with a borrowed Remington 870, and 124 rounds through my Sig P229R.