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Lessons Learned & Taught at Rangemaster’s Advanced Instructor Course

Tom Givens defined his expectation of success in this course in his opening statement as paraphrased, “ The goal of this class is to make someone else a better shooter”.

Advanced Instructor’s Course focused on the academics of training, shooting, target selection and scoring, and adult education. We all participated in different drills, test, and qualifications, but the primary object was also to instruct your partner. Diagnosing different shooting problems is challenging at this level, as most of the shooters range from competent to master level. Teamwork between the instructor and shooter is essential, therefore clear and precise communication is a necessity.

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When I coach someone new, I watch what they are doing with my full concentration without a preconceived solution in mind. When I see what does not belong, or stands out, I ask a question such as “tell me about your support hand?” This allows the shooter to focus on the area of concern. Sometimes they can tell me in detail about the problem, but most of the time there is an apparent lack of understanding. Now we can communicate together, and work on a solution as a team. When the problem is solved together, we both share in the success. I find great joy in helping others, sometimes to the detriment of my own progress, but what is truly important is the clearly defined goal of success, “help others become better”.

I watched an extraordinarily good shooter overcome a continuing mental error, or self-fulfilling prophecy, after a brief talk about his skill level now, and following the process of shooting until finished. I could tell by his posture that he was fully engaged with the process, and of course this produced a perfect score. I immediately walked over to him and offered my congratulations. As we talked I reminded him that from this moment on, he is now in control of his shooting by following the process. This is the reason we teach, and I am grateful to Tom Givens for putting the focus on building good instructors.

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This weekend was difficult for me personally, as I had suffered a groin pull, that left me unable to move without a cane and brace. After spending 6 months in a wheelchair after my motorcycle accident in the late 80’s, I have a real concern over being disabled. I followed my own advice, and focused on the process during class, allowing me to shoot consistently well. Ultimately, we must be a good teacher to ourselves, making corrections without emotional turmoil.

There are many great athletes that can shoot extraordinarily well, however that does not make you a teacher, instead putting the emphasis on helping shooters meet their goals of success above our own progress.

This class is called Advanced Instructor, and our emphasis must be on teaching and building better shooters. Thank you Lee Weems of First Person Safety for hosting this course. I enjoyed working with all the great shooters that are part of the Rangemaster family, and I look forward to my continued growth as an instructor.

“I am a VERY lucky girl” by Shelley Hill

I just wanted to share how lucky I am. I have had the opportunity to train with many outstanding firearms instructors. I would normally say “there are way too many people to mention” but that is not the case.

I would like to THANK a few special people who have helped me along the way. Obviously, there are many more influences and many hours of NON-fire education under my belt but today is all about the peeps on this list.

Lets start with Brian. Brian has been by my side every step of the way. This man is my best friend. My truth bringer. My adviser. My loudest cheerleader. My biggest reality check. My enormous support system. My love.

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Brian and Sean introduced me to pistol and rifle classes back in 2011. Their positive instructing style and excellent coaching built the framework for me to WANT to continue down this path. Thank you Brian & Sean!

Training with Sawman was my first professional class outside of Brian and Sean. Thanks to Brian and Sean, my gear was squared away, I was a fanatic when it came to safe gun handling and if I had a malfunction I cleared it. My fundamentals were a work in progress but solid, I was managing my own ammo and making good hits. I was the only girl on the line for 2 days and I was very comfortable in my own skin. This was an amazing experience and I learned a ton! Thank you Saw!

Claude was the first coach to put me in a position where it was a “pass or fail”. He was very sneaky and a few years ago he invited me to the range to “be a student”, which in turn, would help him with a class he was putting together. Little did I know Claude had planned on running me through the NRA’s Defensive Pistol Qual from Pro-Marksman through Distinguished Expert! I PASSED and not only earned some patches but also gained confidence. Thank you Claude!

Lee. What to say about Lee? A couple of years ago I was working very hard to pass the FBI Qual and was pretty public about my experience. I had signed up for Lee’s Critical Pistol Skills and was excited to get some guidance from THAT WEEMS GUY! It was a hell of a day with shooting from near to far, fast and slow, movement and decisions. He then announces that the “end of day test” will be the FBI Qual. I just about cried NOOOOOOO! Well guess what? I PASSED! I later found out that the night before that class, Lee set all of his class notes to the side and REWROTE the entire curriculum to fit MY TRAINING NEEDS so I would pass that dreaded FBI Qual THAT DAY with him by my side. Lee now takes credit for being my best coach and teaching me everything I know! HEEEEE! Thank you Lee!

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Now we come to Tom & Lynn. They have guided me and given me so many opportunities to grow. They are a huge support system that focuses on YOU being the BEST that YOU can be to protect yourself and your loved ones! I have made the Women’s shoot off at Tac Con 2 years in a row and when you see the genuine happiness that they feel for you, and your accomplishments, it will make you feel UNSTOPPABLE! Among other things….The Given’s are good for your soul. Thank you Tom & Lynn!

I had never thought this path would lead me to become an instructor but here I am. I have been helping Brian run the line, RSO and his AI for 4 years now. Carl has been my guide through all the NRA Instructors courses that I have chosen to take. I will share a little secret….I am dyslexic. I feel more comfortable shooting a qual than I do taking a written test. His knowledge of working with dyslexic clients made my experience so so so pleasant. Because of him, I feel like I might have the confidence to obtain additional Instructor Certs as well. Thank you Carl!

Tiffany & Aq opened their hearts, knowledge and range to me. They welcomed me into their class and opened my eyes to so many awesome ways to reach people. They solidified my want to help less experienced students get good solid training as their FIRST experience in a professional class. Thank you Tiff and Aq!

I want to circle back to Claude. As you read, a few years ago Claude invited me to help him on a class he was putting together. As it turned out, all those years ago he was building that class for ME TO TEACH! Brian, Claude and I have been teaching Personal Performance in March and October at our Dahlonega range for a couple of years now. This is a 3 hour class for women building accuracy skill sets and reaching personal goals. Our latest PP class was March 2019 and 2 weeks before this class Claude informed me that he built it for me, I was to take the head instructor’s role and he and Brian will assist me! EEEEKKKKK GHADS! This was an awesome experience and I am already working on my presentation for October’s PP!

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Today is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. Claude moved in with Brian and I a little over a month ago. This may be short or long term…either way, we are blessed. We laugh, we cook, we support, we do household chores, we solve the worlds problems but the best part of it all is that we are a family. The education I am receiving from Brian and Claude 24/7 has no price tag. I am a VERY lucky girl and yes, it’s OK to be jealous. HEEEE!

“The Mingle” 2019: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors (Part 4)

This is the last BLOG in my 4 Part series. I am crossing my fingers that you now know all about “The Mingle” but just in case….here is a refresher!

“The Mingle” is a weekend event held in North Metro Atlanta in May of each year. With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights.

WOW WOW WOW! Where do I begin with telling you about our Guest Speaker on Saturday and our Guest Instructors on Sunday? I am pretty darn sure that I am waisting my time writing this BLOG because my guess is that EVERYONE reading this last BLOG knows who our guests are! I am the Indispensable Organizational Wizard so I will leave no stone unturned and no BLOG series unfinished!

47191720_1898766476837897_5110750313300623360_nOn Saturday, May 18th, 2019: Day 1 of “The Mingle” is all about “That Weems Guy“! Chief Deputy Lee Weems of First Person Safety will be presenting a “mini version” of his USE OF FORCE” seminar from 12:15pm-1:15pm.

Lee Weems is the owner and operator of First Person Safety. He has been a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certified peace officer since 1999 having been sworn at the local, state, and federal levels and has served as a patrolman, field training officer, detective, supervisor, and currently as Chief Deputy.  He served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI), and he teaches college classes in political science and criminal justice. Lee has many other notable firearms training and accomplishments so I invite you to visit his website for full details on his extensive training and instructing background.

On Sunday, May 19th, 2019: Day 2 of “The Mingle” is about about live fire training at our private range in Dahlonega! We are so very happy to have Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant, Lynn Givens of Rangemaster and Claude Werner aka The Tactical Professor each teaching 2 hour blocks on the subject of THEIR choosing.

43346163_1575317222615012_342081535531339156736_nBrian Hill is the owner and operator of The Complete Combatant and Fusion Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts. He is a Rangemaster Certified Instructor and has trained in Pistol, Rifle and Precision Rifle for many years as an instructor and a student. Brian has been invited to present a 4 hour block/live fire session of his “Practice and Refinement for the Armed Citizen” at Rangemaster’s Tac Con 2019. Brian has many other notable firearms training and accomplishments so I invite you to visit Brian’s bio for full details on his extensive training and instructing background.

10am-12pm Developing the Concealed Draw: Being able to present the pistol in personal protection is the crucial skill for the armed citizen. Developing a repeatable, efficient, and accurate draw stroke will be the focus of this block of instruction. How distance and target size change the arc of readiness during a self defense encounter. A holster will be required in class as a portion of this block will be dry practice and the rest will be drawing from the holster.

29313754_1021290938814tt1845_6584274590929780736_oLynn Givens is co-owner and an Instructor of Rangemaster. Lynn started out as what we call a “motivated student.” Earlier in her life she was stalked and threatened by a mentally ill person who made a number of credible death threats against Lynn and others, including her son. She began taking self-defense shooting courses and was immediately hooked. Within seven months she became a Tennessee State Certified Instructor, going on to attend several hundred hours of training over the next few years. Lynn has many notable firearms training and accomplishments so I invite you to visit her website for full details on her extensive training and instructing background. 

12:45pm-2:45pm Triggers & Timing: The objective will be to learn how to use proper timing, as part of trigger control, in order to get good, solid hits in a timely manner. Only hits to a fairly small portion of the human torso will reliably result in rapid incapacitation. This fact, coupled with the fact that stress will increase the size of your shot group, means that we need to learn to hit a fairly small area without the luxury of extended time frames. To accomplish this, we will work on several drills designed to help you find the balance between hurrying up and getting good hits, which is mostly a matter of proper trigger manipulation. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but in order to concentrate on triggers and timing, all firing will be done from The Ready.

44128991_870652916470517_7303497955u913236480_nClaude Werner aka The Tactical Professor‘s background combines extensive work in the military, self defense training, and white collar financial services communities. The eclectic experience base gives him a view of self defense equipment and techniques that is more attuned to the needs of people with median lifestyles than some segments of the industry. Claude is the Former Chief Instructor at the elite Rogers Shooting School, Certified as an IDPA Master in 4 different categories,  and obviously holds many Instructor Certifications in several different areas. Claude has many other notable firearms training and accomplishments so I invite you to visit his website for full details on his extensive training and instructing background.

3:15pm-5:15pm Close Range Precision Marksmanship: The requirement to deliver an accurate shot on a small target at conversational distance occurs regularly in Personal Protection incidents. This class will equip clients with the requisite skills and practice tasks that will allow them to feel confidence in their abilities to perform at the level required for such an incident. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but the class will not require drawing from the holster.

Each year will be a tad different. We may have different speakers, different instructors, and different focuses but one thing that will ALWAYS be in common is NETWORKING and CONTINUING EDUCATION!

Any ladies in the firearms industry want to come? Follow instructions here

Brian and I are honored to have Lee, Lynn and Claude not only as guests but as dear friends. We are truly blessed.

See Part 1: The Mingle 2019, Part 2: The Nationwide Training Giveaway and Part 3: About Our Sponsors.

“The Mingle” 2019: Our Sponsors by Shelley Hill (Part 3)

Since this is Part 3 of “The Mingle” 2019 BLOGS you probably already know what “The Mingle” is all about but what the heck, you may have just tuned in soooo…..

“The Mingle” is a weekend event held in North Metro Atlanta in May of each year. With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights.

I know it may be a bit odd to dedicate a whole BLOG to our 2019 event sponsors but we would not have such a successful event without them. This page is dedicated to all of the wonderful individuals and companies that sponsor us and think “The Mingle” is a unique and worthwhile event. WE THANK YOU!

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John Correia of Active Self Protection, Erin and Bill Dermody of HK

I would like to start off with thanking Heckler & Koch. HK is our offical “Day 2 On the Range” sponsor. I first met HK’s Director of Marketing, Bill Dermody and his daughter, Erin at The Complete Combatant in July of 2018. They were both students in John Correia’s (Active Self Protection) 3 hour seminar called Lesson’s Learned from Watching 12,000 Gunfights and also students in our 2 day Force Readiness course. John said we would love Bill and he was right! We instantly hit it off! Bill DOES THE WORK! He loves to train in several forms of self defense….with and without a gun. He is down to earth, has a great sense of humor and is very generous with his time and professional support. Bill not only said “they are proud to support The Mingle” but he also invited is PR Manager, Angela Harrell to join us for the weekend. On Saturday, Angela will enjoy our guest speaker Lee Weems of First Person Safety, networking, food, wine, door prizes and SWAG bags. On Sunday, Angela will bring special HK loot to our 24 shooters, bags of ammo and have a VP9 and a VP9SK available for everyone to sample BEFORE we even start our official training day. Angela will be hanging out and making sure that all who want to train with a VP9 or VP9SK that day have the chance but don’t think for one second that she is going to just sit back and let everyone else have all the fun!! She will be watching Brian Hill (The Complete Combatant) and Claude Werner’s (The Tactical Professor) 2 hour blocks very closely and training with Lynn Givens (Rangemaster) in her 2 hour block as Angela is a “forever student” as well. At the end of the day one lucky lady will win a VP9 or a VP9SK! Thank you HK, Bill and Angela for all you do for us! 

The Mingle offers several different sponsorship levels but honestly, I think that our sponsors donate because they believe in networking and continuing education. The TAGS, shout outs, thank yous and mentions are all a plus but they are happy to be a part of a growing community of ladies that are training for fun, for self defense, for hunting, for competition, etc.

Below are all the good people that we are partnered with for “The Mingle” 2019! WE ARE HUMBLED to say the least! And do you know what the best part is? The sponsors listed here are only “to date”. If this year is anything like the last two years then we will have a few more people/companies jump on the bandwagon!  We are ALWAYS in need of monetary, door prize and SWAG bag sponsors….INTERESTED?? Get with me!

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The Complete Combatant                                                                                                       Heckler & Koch
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Polite Society Podcast                                         Rangemaster                                                  GLOCK
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KnifeKits/HolsterSmith                                                       Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, Inc.
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Tru-Spec                                                    PHLster                                   Active Self Protection

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The Complete Combatant     HK     Polite Society Podcast     Gun Freedom Radio     Fusion MMA Silly Billy Goat Farm     The Pew Pew Jew     Liz Lazarus     Jenni BrownField of Mary Kay     Hiding Hilda     Tru-Spec     KSGA Armory     PHLster     Eye on the Target Radio     Cyndee’s     Rangemaster     USCCA        Mary Yungeberg     Incognito Wear IX     The Civilian Defender     RECOIL     Sabre Red     TUFF     Georgia Gun Club   A Girl and a Gun

Please make note that this event, and our Nationwide Training Giveaway, is an equal opportunity cause. What the means to us is that if you and/or your company is a 2nd Amendment supporter, want to help ladies build knowledge and support Racheal’s Rest in helping survivors of sexual abuse and/or acts of violence then we are VERY HAPPY to partner with you for our annual event. A sponsorship for this event is all about different, same, diverse, competitors, friends, local and non-local companies that are coming together to support our 2 causes. Our door prizes and SWAG bags may have items that gives ladies options. What might be good for some, is not good for others. The Complete Combatant is hosting this event so ladies in the firearms industry have opportunities and choices. We hope to have “all walks of life” come together to support The Mingle and our featured charity.

0009302_recoil-magazineThere is one more thing that I would like to address before I go….our MEDIA coverage! This years featured MEDIA is RECOIL! We are super excited to have Candice, an editor, who will be attending BOTH days. Candice will be training in Brian’s 2 hour block on Sunday and plans to interview, experience, train and enjoy “The Mingle” and all it has to offer.

Our pre & post event blogs, articles, interviews and mentions come from a wide array of sources. Please check them out as we are very proud to be noticed by such pillars in the community.

Check out Part 1: The Mingle 2019, Part 2: The Nationwide Training Giveaway and stay tuned for Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors.

“The Mingle” 2019: The Nationwide Training Giveaway by Shelley Hill (Part 2)

VP Poster2019“The Mingle” is a weekend event held in North Metro Atlanta in May of each year. With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights.

Brian and I not only wanted to offer a weekend of “knowledge and networking” to our guests but we also wanted to introduce our self-defense community to Racheal’s Rest and through the help of smart friends the Nationwide Training Giveaway was born!

I am one of the founders and Marketing Manager of Racheal’s Rest, and Brian Hill is a past Board Member. Racheal’s Rest is a nonprofit organization that offers private counseling, workshops and five-day restorative retreat programs designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors. They exist to help women and children who experienced sexual abuse or acts of violence regain their balance in life.

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In 2018 we reached out to friends and top trainers in the firearms/self-defense industry and asked if they would donate a “spot” in their classes for us to raffle off for the SOLE purpose of proceeds benefiting the next years “Mingle” and Racheal’s Rest. Guess what, EVERYONE jumped at the chance to support both The Mingle and Racheal’s Rest.

We raised just under $6000 last year so OBVIOUSLY we are doing it again during The Mingle 2019!!!! This year’s Nationwide Training Giveaway’s tickets go on sale March 1st, 2019 at 9am.

  • We are selling GIVEAWAY tickets at $25 EACH TICKET with the exception of Massad Ayoob Group’s MAG-40 and Lone Star Medics which are $50 EACH TICKET
  • This raffle is licensed and approved by Cobb County (hard copy on file at your request)
  • You may buy multiple tickets for multiple classes and only pay one time. Via email, you will receive a confirmation of your purchases to keep for your records.
  • The winner will most likely receive a COPY of their Gift Certificate via email or Facebook messenger. I will let you know IF ANYTHING DIFFERS
  • The winner will need to present the Gift Certificate (copy is fine) and contact the trainer DIRECT to redeem their class
  • The winner may choose to train at ANY LOCATION that the class is offered across the US (a few acceptations apply so read the course description)
  • If you win a class, that is taught at the sponsor’s location, then there is no additional charge
  • If you win a class, and choose to attend a location that is being HOSTED, there may be a small “out-of-pocket” fee to be paid to the host
  • Gift Certificates are ONLY valid with the courses that each trainer teaches and has personally donated. The Gift Certificates cannot be used for classes taught by any guest instructors or multiple instructors WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE TRAINER THAT DONATED THE ITEM
  • There is NO ticket purchase limit so GO FOR IT!
  • The winners will be drawn by Shelley Hill on May 17th, 2019
  • You DO NOT have to be present to win
  • We will make a VIDEO of drawing some of the winners and post on The Complete Combatant’s YouTube channel
  • WINNERS will be notified BY May 21st, 2019 via email or Facebook
  • Each trainer has their own set of rules and restrictions that will apply
  • I will announce winners on social media but will not give winner’s full name….just a CONGRATS POST!
  • Each trainer has an EXPIRATION DATE option. You will see this in their class description. IF THERE IS NOTHING LISTED then assume the winner’s attendance opportunity expires on May 18th, 2020 (1 year). That means you MUST use it or lose it!
  • TRANSFERABLE: You MAY give the winning Gift Certificate as a gift to someone else but all rules still apply.

The Complete Combatant would like to THANK the instructors and professionals that  donated an item for us to raffle off in 2018 and again in 2019 !

First Person Safety     Dodd & Associates

Rangemaster’s Tac Con     KR Training

Agile Training & Consulting     Lone Star Medics

Modern Samurai Project    Fusion MMA

The Complete Combatant     Active Self Protection

Point Driven Training     William Aprill     Beth Alcazar

Massad Ayoob Group     Citizens Safety Academy

Sharp Defense     Hirt’s Training Solutions

Armed Legal Citizens’ Defense Network    Immediate Action Combatives

Keepers Concealment     TDR Training      Civilian Defender

The TOP Giveaway ticket seller will receive this awesome BRAGGING RIGHTS! award! The winner can display it proudly for roughly 12 months, until the end of the next year’s giveaway. If they are the TOP raffle ticket seller again, then they get to keep it for another year. If they are NOT the TOP giveaway ticket seller again, then they are in charge of mailing it immediately to the NEW winner with a personal letter admitting defeat, the better person won, they must relinquish the coveted BRAGGING RIGHTS! award to the more successful professional and of course CONGRATULATIONS are in order!! HEEEE!

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That means in order to support your favorite instructor you need to buy tickets and spread the word so they sell the most tickets! If they win, they will have earned the BRAGGING RIGHTS! award and can sleep with it each night on their bed stand from May 2019-May 2020!

2018 Nationwide Training Online Raffle Announcements: CLICK HERE for Instructor Bragging Rights WINNER and Giveaway WINNERS!

And the Bragging Rights! 2018 WINNER is (CLICK HERE)….Rangemaster Tac Con 2019! Here is Lynn filming Tom opening up his BRAGGING RIGHTS award. THANK YOU Rangemaster!

I am so happy to announce that Tom and Lynn have given an extra special gift…a FREE Tac Con 2020 ticket! If you are a Tac Con 2019 participant and you BUY the MOST Nationwide Training Giveaway tickets while at Tac Con then YOU WILL WIN a FREE spot at Tac Con 2020!

Special THANK YOU to all of you “movers and shakers” for the fantastic media coverage throughout the years. I believe RECOIL is attending this year’s “The Mingle”. If anyone would like to cover The Mingle or the Nationwide Training Giveaway via BLOG, article, podcast, radio, etc. it would be greatly appreciated. This years guests are Lee Weems of First Person Safety, Lynn Givens of Rangemaster, Claude Werner The Tactical Professor and Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant. Each trainer will be happy to do an interview with ya. The more people who know about this annual event, the more people training!

See Part 1: The Mingle 2019. Stay tuned for Part 3: About Our Sponsors and Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors.

“The Mingle” 2019 by Shelley Hill (Part 1)

“The first thing I would like to do is THANK a friend, Cheryl Todd of Gun Freedom Radio for inviting me to SHOT SHOW‘s 2nd Annual Women’s Meet & Mingle in 2017! This left a favorable impression on me. On the flight home that year Brian and I started brainstorming and BAM, The Complete Combatant’s first “Mingle” was held in North Metro Atlanta in May 2017!

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With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights!

I am happy to say that on May 18th & 19th, 2019 we will be hosting our 3rd annual SPONSORED “The Mingle” 2019 for ladies in the firearms industry. We invite ladies (local or otherwise) that work in the firearms industry, biz owners (managers and team members), club presidents and board members, professional shooters, shooting instructors, ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense/martial arts, and in the biz professionals that are 2nd Amendment political supporters.  Please make note that “ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense” has a very large range…IDPA? USPSA? GADPA? NRA? GCO? OTHER WAYS YOU SUPPORT? LET ME KNOW!

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This year is the most AWESOME year so far because we have grown from a 1 day gathering to a weekend event!

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 12-4pm Day 1:

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 9-6pm Day 2:

  • Located in Dahlonega, GA on our range (private property)
  • $150 per person – firearms instructors and experienced shooters only (experienced shooters = embraces the 4 lifestyle safety rules, has taken a professional live fire class and is familiar with expectations on the line). 
  • 24 student limit
  • This day on the range is sponsored by HK USA and that means GIFTS and GIVEAWAYS…like ammo, SWAG and a VP9 or VP9sk!
  • We have three 2 hour blocks of instruction from three different TOP NOTCH  instructors!

Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant – Developing the Concealed Draw:
Being able to present the pistol in personal protection is the crucial skill for the armed citizen. Developing a repeatable, efficient, and accurate draw stroke will be the focus of this block of instruction. How distance and target size change the arc of readiness during a self defense encounter. A holster will be required in class as a portion of this block will be dry practice and the rest will be drawing from the holster.

Lynn Givens of RangemasterTriggers & Timing:
The objective will be to learn how to use proper timing, as part of trigger control, in order to get good, solid hits in a timely manner. Only hits to a fairly small portion of the human torso will reliably result in rapid incapacitation. This fact, coupled with the fact that stress will increase the size of your shot group, means that we need to learn to hit a fairly small area without the luxury of extended time frames. To accomplish this, we will work on several drills designed to help you find the balance between hurrying up and getting good hits, which is mostly a matter of proper trigger manipulation. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but in order to concentrate on triggers and timing, all firing will be done from The Ready.

Claude Werner aka The Tactical ProfessorClose Range Precision Marksmanship:
The requirement to deliver an accurate shot on a small target at conversational distance occurs regularly in Personal Protection incidents. This class will equip clients with the requisite skills and practice tasks that will allow them to feel confidence in their abilities to perform at the level required for such an incident. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but the class will not require drawing from the holster.

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We are getting close to full but if YOU are a lady in the firearms industry and would like to attend this event then all you have to do is REQUEST AN INVITE. I will receive it, confirm your position/participation in the community and send you an Eventbrite invite with password to register.

ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE! We need loot for our ladies SWAG bags. This is a fun way to help! SWAG can be anything that is cool, new, needed or fun! There is no way to estimate how many guests we will have but our May 2018 event was MAXED OUT at 65 ladies so for our May 2019 event we are asking for 75 items from each donator.  Sponsorship Opportunities – DEADLINE IS APRIL 1ST, 2019

Special THANK YOU to all of you “movers and shakers” for the fantastic media coverage throughout the years. I believe RECOIL is attending this year! EXCITED! 

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Nationwide Training GIVEAWAY, Part 3: About Our Sponsors and Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors

 

Old dogs CAN learn new ways…..

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I believe that old dogs CAN learn new ways. As a shooter you have two choices, accept the need to improve, or make rationalizations or excuses. I have always had a great desire to explore the edge of human performance, to know what is possible, and how to get there.

I recently journeyed to Biloxi, Mississippi to receive training from Steve Anderson, USPSA Grand master, author, and coach. I have been using his material for the last 6 months, also listening to his podcast, which helped me to win my first IDPA match overall, and in addition to place consistently in the top 5 pistol shooters at our local match. The material works, so time to get it directly from the source.

One of my coaches had the unique ability to pick up information very quickly. When I asked him how he did it, his reply was “I look for the commonalities in the movement, instead of the differences.” This insight has allowed me to develop skills rapidly in many diverse areas, and with this mindset I jumped into a competition class.

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Competitive shooting and personal protection have many things in common. Gun handling, marksmanship, efficiency of movement, and performance under pressure. True, there are some differences in equipment, intent, and measured success,but overall shooting is shooting. I compete to improve my own abilities, however my primary focus is personal protection.

Matches provide the opportunity to compete with some exceptional shooters, and I would like to be able to perform at their level. One of the great things about competitive shooters is they measure and track everything they do during a match. Draw, transitions, reloads, movement, and classifiers are known times for the greatest in the world all the way down to beginners.

Steve Anderson uses this information to know exactly how much performance he can get from each shooter using this data driven approach. He is exceptionally good at pushing the last bit of speed, accuracy, and/or performance out of each person according to their current level of skill. Sometimes during class, individual shooters performed a drill a dozen times, until their true level of skill manifest itself. We trained in three modes of training, accuracy, speed, and match mode to develop a deep understanding of what was required in each mode in isolation.

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Dry fire drills from his book Repetition and Refinement (1-12) were explained, practiced, and coached eliminating excess movement and enhancing reaction and execution speed. Twice a day I have been dry practicing these drills, and I noticed a difference in my ability to perform these drills compared the group. The technique taught during the (accuracy) shooting groups was a fundamentally different approach that yielded extraordinary results for all the shooters present.

Speed mode is my weakest area, but with Steve’s coaching approach I was able to shoot times that I would have thought unattainable for me. During one drill, we drew to steel at 10 yards and transitioned to another steel target at roughly 10 yards to the right. Steve’s methods allowed me to perform this in 1.1 seconds with solid hits. I was struggling before this to get a 1 second draw on a single target.

The years of competition and fighting have left me with a fairly solid match (performance) mode, however Steve develops a methodology to enter this state which useful for matches, classifiers, qualifications, or self-defense. He is one of those coaches that can see what is possible for you, and will push, cajole, or drive you until you get it, if you let his system work.

If you are tactical shooter that is intermediate level and above, (IDPA Sharpshooter, USPSA C class, 80% on the FBI or Rangemaster qualification, etc) this class will help you explore the edges of human performance, furthermore developing a systematic practice and process to improve your shooting.

Having a fast and efficient draw allows more time to decide and aim, being able to shoot on the move makes your fundamentals rock solid. Learning how to train in all 3 modes allows you to achieve a higher level skill. Buy the books, listen to the podcast (That Shooting Show) or most importantly, take a class from Steve Anderson.