F irearms I nstruction R esearch and E ducation
Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club
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This is the most popular 3-day course offered by Mr. Cain at his school, Cumberland Tactics. The comprehensive curriculum encompasses all elements of basic pistol craft, including a base in the fundamentals of marksmanship, tactical manipulation, the draw-stroke, malfunction clearance, weapon retention, shooting on the move, moving targets, alternate tactical body positions, low-light shooting, and mental conditioning. Other topics include basic one man tactics and working with a partner, and may include an introduction to team tactics. This course is appropriate for beginners, and is also well recommended as a refresher for those with experience.
Cumberland Tactics does not regard this course as merely a 'basic class'. Randy begins with the fundamentals, and increases the technical difficulty of each drill builds in a logical sequence over the duration of the course. He makes every effort to analyze, diagnose, and correct even the slightest quirk in each individual's shooting technique.
Although most training of this type is limited to shooting on flat paper targets under static range conditions, in this course a variety of three dimensional target systems are employed, which move in a more realistic manner. The 3-D aspect of the targets require surgical shooting on vital target areas as they move, change positions, or charge at the shooter. This is simultaneous with movement by the shooter as he/she changes the target angles, attempts to get away from the attacker, or moves to cover/concealment. All these exercises are to help the student apply the basics, and become comfortable with dynamic movement by both the shooter and the target.
Cost: $600 plus $30 per day in range fees for those who are not members of the host Club. Includes instruction, range fees, targets and range supplies. Students to provide their own ammunition, personal gear and meals. There are no F.I.R.E. Institute discounts for this course.
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable: The balance of the Tuition is due when you show up for the class. If you must cancel out of a class, please notify us as soon as possible. Due to course demand and the difficulty of filling canceled course slots on short notice, course deposits are non-refundable. For cancellations received 30 days or more prior to class start date, you can apply your deposit to any Cumberland Tactics course within 12 months of the date of the cancelled class. Less than 30 days notice will forfeit your deposit.
Course format: Lectures (approximately 2 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 21 hrs.). Each student will need 600 rounds of hand gun ammunition.
Class size: Enrollment will be limited to 20 students. Last day to enroll is 30 days prior to the course date.
Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with firearms.
There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED in every course. One may not proceed in the course without the following:
Ear protection and Eye protection.
Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. This is to prevent ejected brass from another shooter's pistol from falling between your eyewear and your eye, burning you. It is important gear.
Firearm, clean and zeroed.
At least three magazines or speed loaders. We prefer you have three, in case one malfunctions during the course.
Magazine holster or pouch which is worn on your belt, on your support ("weak hand") side. BDU pockets do not work well.
600 Rounds of "Ball" Ammunition. We recommend students use one brand of ammunition throughout the course. Different brands and loads of ammunition can significantly affect the "zero" of your firearm. We also suggest students avoid the very cheapest ammunition and reloads. While "match grade" ammunition would be a waste of money, your investment in this course does justify the use of reasonably consistent ammunition. No incendiary, tracer, armor piercing, or other exotic ammunition is permitted.
A good quality holster. No shoulder holsters allowed.
There is other equipment that is not required, but which we know from experience will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following:
Soft drinks or water to drink while down on the range. There is no water on the range itself, and the Club house is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.
A bag lunch. There are no food vendors on the club grounds. There are however, several fast food dining establishments within 10 minutes of the club grounds.
Back-up handgun. A second handgun is also a good idea, if you own or can borrow one. Firearms do break, and we cannot stop the course to make repairs. Even if we had time, parts may not be available, and many repairs cannot be accomplished in the field.
Gloves (either shooting gloves or light work gloves).
Wear substantial shoes and "work clothes" or fatigues. You will be on the ground and get dusty or muddy.
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a gun and thinking you are armed is like having a piano and thinking
you are a musician"
------ Col. Jeff Cooper (U.S.M.C. Ret.)
This course is sponsored by the Firearms Instruction Research &
Education (FIRE) Institute,
a Penna. nonprofit corporation.
Training is provided as a public service.
All students must be 18 years or older. Proof of no criminal history is required.
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