A Day on the Range with Train Illinois

instructorsTim Giblin and the instructors with Train Illinois got me some much needed training this weekend. I took the Personal Gun Handling Low Round Count course at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. This 8 hour course and it’s low round count is focused on those people carrying compact/subcompact single stack handguns. ┬áDon’t let low round count fool you, ~275 rounds from your subcompact is plenty.

My instructors for the day were Tim Giblin and Al Kamp, their combined experience covers the gambut: law enforcement, military, and extensive firearms instruction. Tim and Al were both eager to teach in a relaxed, but safe environment. They recognize that everyone has their own style and preferences, and if safe accommodated everyone.

My day started by getting lost on my way to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, and then getting lost once on the grounds. For anyone who has not been there it’s HUGE, but Tim promises to give better directions in the future. Our morning started off slow with everyone getting comfortable with some basics. We drilled on gripping the handgun, drawing from our holsters, magazine changes, and clearing malfunctions.

After lunch we built on the skills from the morning. We were acquiring multiple targets, shooting from behind cover, and shooting while walking. We did those exercises all while drawing from concealment, reloading on the fly, and trying to maintain a proper grip.

Tim concocted a final exercise to frustrate and annoy his students. Three magazines full of double feeds, failure to ejects, and failure to feeds to bring us near a halt. It was the longest 15 rounds I’ve ever shot from a handgun in my life.

At the end of the day we were all tired, my hand was sore, I was sunburnt, and I had a broken gun. Doesn’t sound like a very good day, but you’d be wrong. A day on the range with Tim and the instructors from Train Illinois is time well spent. If you just got your concealed carry license after 16 hours of training, you need checkout a course with Train Illinois.

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