Last year I was discussing training classes with my friend, Abner Miranda, he recommended that the one instructor’s class I had to take in 2019 was Dave Spaulding’s at Handgun Combatives. Abner told me that out of his 50 training classes he has attended, Dave Spaulding had the best curriculum and content he had ever experienced. Abner also added that I better act fast, as Dave is working toward retirement and wouldn’t be teaching as much, after 2019. I was familiar with Dave’s reputation and had watched his youtube channel and read a lot of his print work. Much to my surprise, Dave Spaulding is local to me and only lives 15 minutes away. Dave is offering a few classes at his local range Miamisburg Sportsman’s Club which is also local to me.
My training schedule was 8 classes in 2019, a lot being red dot and performance based training. The Advanced Covert Carry class was a big departure from the rest of my 2019 classes. In this specific class, we concentrated on accuracy more than speed and broke down the draw stroke for a more consistent grip. Although I carry a gun every day, I have neglected my draw from concealment and spent more time from open rigs. Drawing from a jacket, winter coat or hooded sweatshirt wasn’t something I had even considered in past training. Looking back, I am now embarrassed at the lack of thought and training that concealed carry in Ohio means to your draw. We practiced various methods of defeating jackets and clothing, and every draw during the weekend was from concealment. By the 2nd day, drawing from concealment was no longer a thought, only an instinct from repetition. Any skill learned, must be practiced, and the drills I picked up from Dave will go into my practice routine. I recommend getting over to Handgun Combatives and getting a class scheduled with Dave soon!
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I had not met Donovan Moore from Point 1 Tactics until this class, but I had heard from friends that he was the next superstar in firearms training. When I found out he was coming to Impact Shooting (my home range) for a Vehicle Tactics class, I knew this was a class I had to take. Donovan’s military service has allowed him to train with all the teams and latest tactics and attain an incredible knowledge of vehicle dynamics. It didn’t hurt that his fellow instructor (Steve Drum) is a Navy SEAL.
Donovan had sent a questionnaire a few weeks before the class for each student to fill out. The questionnaire asked about our strengths and weaknesses, equipment, and our learning goals for this class. When I met Donovan for the first time Saturday morning, he already knew my name and remembered my answers to this questionnaire. We started the morning with a safety brief and a run-down of what to expect over the next two days.
A large storm was expected Sunday morning with lightning, so we decided to run a longer day of shooting on Saturday to cover as much of the shooting curriculum as we could. I do not want to cover much of the curriculum, you need to take the class for that, but I will say my arms and knees took a good beating from working in, under, and around cars and SUVs! We also did allot of practice around V-tac boards which helped with some of the skills we would use around actual vehicles.
The big storm expected Sunday allowed for an incredible discussion and presentation with Steve about his time in the teams. I can’t say enough about the two hours we spent that morning; Steve’s mindset discussion was worth way more than what we paid for this class. Luckily, the weather moved through fast and we were able to miss only a little time shooting. Back on the range we ran carbines and did some awesome drills around and in the vehicles.
I spend so much time in the car these days, the skills I learned are priceless. I enthusiastically recommend this class, and Donovan as an instructor, I even promptly signed up for two more of his classes!
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Pictures Courtesy of @point1tactics Steve @stephen.drum and Greg @hamr556