This past weekend I hosted an informal carbine training course. It was just a few friends and of course the Crusader training team there. The spot we picked in the being a great place to hold such course. While the shooting bays that we wanted were packed full by the time we got there that morning we ended up heading on the back side of the hill to spot the mentor needs a whole lot better. Now we know other people know about this spot because of old campfire rings and such but as far as shooting, it’s really a fairly vacant spot. Because of this we have dubbed it Crusader’s semi super secret training location.
A couple of them in attendance, a husband and wife IDPA team, were both new
to AR-15 shooting as well as both having new Crusader AR-15’s. It was great to see fairly new shooters coming to a class so open to learning. They truly came as the empty vessels. Because of this we the course very basic and built on the skills they already had from IDPA. If there’s anything in instructor enjoys more at a course it’s having students that have a foundation to build from more also willing to take all the instruction they can get. It’s from students like these that you will always see the most improvement from. And that was absolutely the case here.
It’s also enjoyable to watch the students to come to the course already knowing a lot about their carbine and simply need some fine-tuning. We had a shooter that
worked the reset on the trigger very well and very quick but is grouping was more like a shotgun pattern to begin with. After covering a little about speed versus accuracy he really settled down into some nice groups. On a defensive rifle being fast is absolutely important, but if you’re so fast that
your hits are scattered than your running past your abilities. Fortunately, 15 minutes of instruction and you can solve that problem in most shooters.
This being an informal course
we took a lot more time than you would normally. We just took it easy and had fun with it. Even though this was in a hard-core class they really made some great improvements. We saw the perfectionist bull’s-eye shooter speed up and get some actual defensive speed. We also saw the one leaning towards “spray and pray” slow down and get some
great defensive groups.
The real challenge came with our left-handed shooter. She did very well but had some obvious hardships to overcome shooting a right-handed weapon for the first time. That’s right she was there the course with her brand-new Crusader rifle. Naturally it ran as well-known as fast as she wanted to. The only malfunctions came from babying the bolt forward instead of letting the buffer spring do its job. Naturally about problems quickly solved.
All in all I have to say this was a great day at the range. But then what day busting caps isn’t great? We got to watch good shooters become even better and we all had fun doing it. I even got to watch my daughter call out some stages. What better day could it have been?