• Weather: Extremely hot and sunny
  • Gear:
  • Glock 34 W/ surefire
  • Sons of Liberty Gun Works 12.5 W/ Aimpoint H1 1/3 cowitness on top of a riser
  • Ronin belt W/ Esstac KWYI pouches
  • First Spear strandhogg
  • Ears were peltor tac sport
  • Shoes were Altra Lone Peaks (These shoes are incredible)
  • Glasses Wiley X Brick Photocromatic lenses
  • Range: Mississippi Combat Training Academy (good range for anyone in the area)



I didn't know who Tony was until I saw a video on facebook of someone talking shit about him hitting a dummy a magazine while trying to do a reload. Anyway they missed the point of the entire video. I saw he was putting out some good information and when I hit him up, he was quick to answer some questions for me. He was also vouched for by Greg Lapin at VATA Group who taught a class I had been to. I saw Tony had a class pretty close by so, I figured I would check it out. 

We started off the day with a safety brief. He hit the usual safety things as far as medical, hospital location, firearms safety and all that. Tony told a little history of where he was from and what his background was. The guy definitely has relevant first hand experience. He was active duty and is now in 20th group. He teaches at T1G and has done some other government work. He also shoots USPSA which is always a huge plus for me when I'm looking for an instructor. 

We then moved out to the range where he went over the fundamentals of handgun. He did a great job of explaining what we were trying to do and dispelling a lot of the common myths like jerking the trigger. 

I think next was the loading sequence. Nothing new but he believes in a deliberate load sequence instead of just loading however you feel like at that moment. I'm also big fan of that with both handgun and rifle. He was also big on doing the same process every time. 

We moved on past that and went to the draw. He didn't get into details about the draw so much with the steps like its commonly taught. Basically you grab the gun with a good grip and bring the gun to the final position and along the way put your other hand on it in the proper position. He did a much better job explaining it, but I was glad to see him do it this way and not get caught up in the steps. We worked on breaking the shot as soon as the gun came in position. 

I'm going to skip some stuff. We started getting into shooting multiple rounds at a time, we worked barricades and did movement drills. Tony went each person multiple times and helped them with whatever problems they may have had or told minor changes to improve their shooting.  We went on to moving and shooting and then ran a short course he set up. 

Lunch took a while because some people left. I was getting kind of pissed because I wanted to shoot and thought we were running out of time. I will get back to this later.

After lunch we moved on to rifles. He went over some safety concerns first, admin load and then worked different ready positions. His instruction on handling the rifle was really good. He showed the benefits of each ready position and talked about different situations where each one might be used. 

Tony was big on accuracy and shooting multiple shots, not just pairs. He told us stories that related to drills and put everything in perspective of why certain things matter. Why accuracy matters so much especially at close range. He was also good about showing different methods and the way he put is good, better, best. There is good way, usually a better way and sometimes the best way. There is so much I'm leaving out, but its getting late. Tony was really nice guy and I hope to be able to train with him in the future. 

Oh yeah. So 5:00 came around and we were still out there getting after it. This was my concern when we took a long break. I didn't want the break to take away training time. I don't know when we actually finished up but it was after 6:00 for sure. We did all the shooting that he had planned. I'm not sure how everyone else felt about that, but I loved it. We trained until the training was done, not just 0800-1700. He made sure you got your money's worth for the class.

The class was made up of a wide variety of people. 2 LEO, a building contractor, at least 1 Vietnam vet, a medical guy, the guy who worked at the range and hosted the class and not sure about everyone else. The experience and ability where pretty broad. Tony was able to make it enjoyable for me and for the guys who had next to no experience with rifles. I think we had 1 rifle that malfunctioned a couple of times. I believe it was a dpms. 

My take away from the class. Tony showed me a different place to put my strong hand thumb if I was keeping the slide stop from catching the slide. He had showed me that I wasn't angling the magwell enough on my pistol reloads. It wasn't actually opened up to my magazine like it should have been.  Having the stock over your shoulder to work in tight spaces was very useful and will probably get used at work regularly. The idea that you are trying to shoot their spine out to stop the fight is something i haven't thought of before. Tac reloading your handgun if you did a transition from the rifle "If you have time."  

I was not sure how a 1 day class was going to be especially for handgun and carbine, but he crammed a lot of information in there. I've been to several classes over the past several years and spent a hell of a lot of time reading and talking with guys trying to learn as much as I could. This is one of those classes that I wish I had been at 5 years ago. I probably would have been over whelmed with information though. 

I strongly recommend you take his class and follow him on instagram. 


   Why do you smoke this shit? So as to escape from reality? Me, I don't need this shit. I am reality. There's the way it ought to be. And there's the way it is.

Sgt. Barnes

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