Sage Dynamics RDS Handgun Instructor
Muncie Indiana May 21-23 2019
STI Tactical 4.0 HOST 9mm
STI 20 round magazines
Longs Shadow Crestone 2 holster
Trijicon RMR 06 gen 2
Federal AE 147gr training ammo and Federal HST 147gr
Duty belt (Bianchi nothing fancy)
LE 17 years
One of Department FI’s
I have been using a Trijicon RMR on duty since 2015
-First G1 RMR07 on a G3 Glock 22C using a RCS Balor
-Second G2 RMR07 on G4 Glock 17 using a RCS Balor
-November 2018 switched to G2 RMR06 on STI Tactical 4.0 HOST
-Attended Modern Samurai red dot 2 day class
-Have attended numerous other trainings where the red dot was not the focus of the class
Started with 20 students. Mostly Indiana LE with at least one fed. I didn’t come with them, but there were three of us from Illinois.
Prior to this class I had my RMR zeroed at 10 yards. Last Saturday I switched to a 25 yard zero because I knew SD advocated that. I had no problems with zero the entire class. We shot from 3 yards to 25 yards during the class.
Round count: 823 Federal AE 147gr and 50 Federal HST 147gr. (Final Qualification)
Training day 1 was held at the MTAC facility in Muncie Indiana. This day was all classroom with PowerPoint and discussion. It was not a death by PowerPoint and we had some good discussions. I don’t want to sound like a dick or an expert, but if I would have missed this training day I would not have been lost. Like many here I have read everything put out by Sage Dynamics and watched almost all of his YouTube videos. Most of what he has said I had already heard from him, Modern Samurai, and Tactically Sound Training Center.
With that being said I am glad it was part of this class. TD1 was a short day and I was able to get a few things at Wal-Mart before getting a good dinner. I also do not sleep to well when I stay at Hotels. I was able to catch a short nap.
Training day 2 started with a steady rain. I had already treated my optics the night before because I looked at the weather forecast. Temperature was in the low 70’s so it wasn’t bad. I have been using RainX to treat my optics lately. I have Cat Crap and have used it successfully for some time. I don’t find it hard to order it, but I wanted to find something that anyone can easily get. RainX is available at the dozen or so gas stations in my jurisdiction, Wal-Mart, Rural King, and a few other places. I wanted to find something that any Patrol Officer could purchase on shift if needed.
Because I treated my optic I had no problems with the rain and I do not recall any of the other students having problems. SD brought one of his Agency Glock 17’s with the Aimpoint ACRO mounted to it. The closed emitter on the ACRO is not affected by rain like the other MRDS’s. I have an ACRO arriving Tuesday and I am sure I will like it, but the RMR is in my opinion the best option for duty use currently. I have firsthand experience with the RMR’s durability and have read others experience with the RMR. Once others start getting higher round counts on the ACRO my opinion will probably change.
Topics of TD2
Diagnosing grip efficiency with DOT behavior
Recovery of DOT in recoil
Building competency under stress
Topics of TD3
Strong hand and weak hand shooting
Close contact shooting
Occluded optic shooting
Most of TD3 was spent moving up and down the range from the 3 yard line to the 25 yard line.
This class was geared towards firearm instructors that will have to teach MRDS to new Officers or current Officers who either adopt a MRDS or are mandated to carry them. I believe most of the students were current FI’s. I also believe that MRDS’s will continue to be adopted. Portions of the FBI, CBP, and the US Marshals are in the process of adopting MRDS’s. Houston PD is probably the largest municipal PD to allow MRDS’s.
The last portion of TD3 was the qualification. The qualification did a good job of covering portions of everything that was taught. The qualification consisted of 50 rounds and went from 3 yards to 25 yards. I used duty ammunition to complete the qualification. A USPSA style cardboard target was used. The head and established A zone were clearly defined. The B zone was clearly defined. Out of the 50 rounds, a minimum of 40 rounds had to be within the B zone. If all rounds were in the A zone you would master the qualification. The second class for scoring allowed you to have all but 4 rounds within the A and B zones.
Half of the class made this second class. I had 5 out and missed earning patch by 1 round. When I was firing my last round I knew I shanked it. The shooter to my left was showering me with HOT brass during the two days of training. Most of the time it just annoyed me, but wasn’t a big problem. However that last piece of brass flew the right way and down my neck and into my shirt causing me to shank the last round I fired. It sucks, but in reality I should have fired the other 49 rounds better so I will get over the butthurt.
When this class comes back to Indiana or another venue close I will defiantly be back. Not only to become better myself and crush the qualification, but to continue my education in instructing. This class was paid %100 by me. The class tuition, ammunition, pistol and magazines, lodging and food, gas, and a couple days of vacation. I don’t say that to brag or garner sympathy. I say this because if I didn’t find value in the class I would have left requesting a refund. This class was not a beginner’s class for MRDS optics and their use. You should have some time behind them before attending and be proficient.
I don’t think Aaron Cowan said this to blow smoke up our skirts. I think he was truly honest. Aaron Cowan stated that as a whole this class was comprised of solid shooters. We progressed through the material fast and did so at all distances. I saw the other student’s targets and I agree.
When MRDS’s are discussed on Facebook/IG/Twitter, etc. there always seems to be a couple people who say they think they are cool, but would never use one for duty. They also always mention fogging of the optic and mud blocking the emitter as reasons why they would not use a MRDS for any serious purpose. We have already addressed treating the optic with Cat Crap or RainX to prevent most problems with fogging optics. One student had an issue I had never seen before.
The berm we were shooting at had been rained on for a couple days. Occasionally a piece of mud would fly back towards shooters on the line. One piece of mud flew back and landed on the emitter of a student’s gun. Not a highly likely issue in my opinion, but one you should consider.