AAR Presscheck Consulting No Fail Pistol
October 6th and 7th 2019
Searsboro Iowa. Brownell’s Big Springs Shooting Complex
Chuck Pressburg (Instructor)
STI Tactical 4.0 9mm
STI 140mm magazines
Trijicon RMR 06
Duty belt with Longs Shadow Crestone 2
Federal American Eagle 147 grain (fired 920 rounds)
Students: The class was a mix of Cops, Military, regular earth people, and industry people. Everyone was safe and progressed through the two days. The round counts for students I talked to was between 800 and 900. There were 18 students and all, but one of them was using a MRDS. There were Trijicons, Holosun’s, a Vortex and an ACRO.
Most used a battle belt set up while others used a belt with OWB gear. One student used an AIWB holster for a portion of the class. I just used my duty belt and street gear figuring it was the best choice for me.
This is going to be wordy so if you don’t want to read all of it here is the reader’s digest. Great class with a great Instructor and I think you should attend this class if the opportunity presents itself.
This is the second class I have attended at this range. I attended a Bill Blowers Tap Rack Tactical class at the same location last August. I like the fact that I can drive there with ease, find hotels and restaurants easily, and I’m very close to Brownell’s. I have also become friends with people in the area who also train there so it’s nice to know some of the fellow students.
A little background on me. I have been a Police Officer since 2002, but really did not train with firearms until 2017. Before 2017 my training with firearms consisted of learning enough to pass qualifications. I have always enjoyed shooting and participated in PRS and USPSA events and was even a member of my departments SWAT team as an entry member and later a Sniper. Training just wasn’t my thing.
In 2017 I located an announcement for a Basic Firearms Instructor course that was being held at a local Police Academy. At the time I thought my PDs firearms training program was inadequate even though I was inadequate as well. The class dates fit into my personal schedule, but didn’t work with my work schedule.
I applied for this class and was told I could go. Work allowed me to flex my schedule and allowed me to use the training days as work days. However the PD would not pay for the class, the ammunition, or allow me to drive my squad there. The academy was approximately an hour away. There was also no guarantee that I would be allowed to become a FI for my department.
I decided to go to the class and passed. At the end of the 5 day class there is two qualifications. One is a state qualification and is very simple. Almost everyone passed with no issues. The Academy has developed their own and while it’s not super hard there is some difficulty. It’s 50 rounds and goes from the closest distance of 5 yards to a max distance of 50 yards. At 50 yards we could shoot prone or supported, it’s still very PCC based.
I scored enough points to barely make Sharpshooter. Basically I was in the middle of the pack. Something changed and I decided that I would make some improvements. I came back to work and became a FI for my PD. Since then I have attended several classes by some big names, some smaller names, and have made several improvements to our firearms program.
I know this is getting long and I still have more to go, but I feel that my background is important to the overall AAR. I’m also not trying to brag.
Since graduation I have completely taken over the Low Light training for my PD. I’m poised to take complete control over the pistol portion of our training.
-Implemented the change from 40S&W to 9mm.
-Implemented a personally owned pistol program/policy for duty pistols in 9mm, 40S&W, and 45 ACP. We are still issued 9mm Glock 17’s.
-Implemented a MRDS program/policy.
-Updated our pistol qualification. Was previously 3 to 15 yards and was all static shooting with very generous times. Currently we push out to 20 yards and utilize cover, one handed shooting, and reloads.
-I have a couple other projects so I’m not done.
As I mentioned earlier I attended the Tap Rack Tactical, Tactical Pistol at this range in August 2018. This was the first time I had ever shot a B8 target. It was also the first time I had really shot beyond the 10 to 15 yard line consistently. I did not do very well on the B8’s at this class shooting around a score of 50-60 at 25 and not consistently.
I have worked on the B8 and other things since that class and knew it would be part of the No Fail Pistol course. Prior to class I was a solid 75 to 85 on the B8 at 25 yards. Still not great, but I was consistent with two hands, STO, and WHO.
Training day 1 started at 0800 as advertized. The day prior to this class was wet. I think as I crossed into Iowa from Illinois it started raining and really didn’t stop until later that day. It was cold, but the range was perfect. No large puddles of mud or water.
The day started with a brief, but to the point safety discussion and medical plan. After that Chuck talked about the class progression and what he wanted to accomplish. I have read other AAR’s on this class and Chuck even mentioned that no two No Fail Pistol classes were the same. His classes were dictated by the range and its facilities as well as the students who attended. With this being said at no point did I feel that the class lagged or didn’t run smoothly. He wasn’t making things up on the fly.
One thing that insured the class ran smoothly is Chuck’s preparation and the leg work done by the host, Romper. I believe Romp is a member here and may chime in. If he is not and you are interested in training in Iowa and have Facebook look into the Central Iowa Facebook group.
Every target had a plastic bag at its base with a can of spray glue. The plastic bag contained a sharpie, two different colors of masking tape, extra B8 targets, pasties, and more. Target prep was a constant. This didn’t detract from the class, but made it run smoothly. After every 20 or so rounds the target was rehabbed and we went back to shooting. Scores were calculated at written at the corners of the main target so you could track throughout the day.
TD1 started out with 10 round B8’s at 25 to warm up and so that Chuck could see what he was working with. Round counts for drills were either 10 rounds or a magazine. Most of the students had a 17 to 20 round magazine. I had 20 round magazines so for the shoot a magazine I shot 20 rounds. I had plenty of ammunition and shot my 20 rounds figuring I would have a few rounds extra to work on things.
The first part of the day was shot with two hands. After lunch (20-30 minutes) we all came back and started with SHO only for the rest of the day.
The weather for training day 2 was much better reaching the low 70’s. Sun was out and the sky was blue. TD2 started out WHO only and I was having problems from the start. My first B8 at 25 was in the low 20’s for score. I initially thought this was just the first shots of the day and I would get better. B8 #2 was also in the 20’s and B8 #3 I didn’t even score because nothing was in the black.
I should have looked at my RMR sooner because I missed out on some training, but noticed my screws were backing out. This made me feel a little better knowing it wasn’t me, but my equipment for the poor results. Chuck had a saying and a story that went with it. Don’t want to tell the story, but the saying was “No one cares about your gun problems”. So I dint tell anyone and cleared the line to fix my shit.
I’m sure I could have discovered the problem after the RMR left the gun, but I learned early on to apply witness marks to my optics. I should have discovered the issue earlier, but it would have been harder without them. Place witness marks on your optic attachments.
A week prior to this class I installed a new Duracell battery and applied loctite before confirming my zero. I dint expect my RMR to become lose, but it did. I fixed the problem and carried on.
TD3 continued with movement drills on steel after lunch. We used two hands, STO and WHO throughout the movement portion. If the range had a moving target system I really think that would have provided some good training.
I didn’t really go into the specifics of this class for a reason. You should attend and make your own judgments. The class wasn’t about just shooting, but about your assessment of your shooting. It was encouraged to try new things and to diagnose your hits and misses.
If you didn’t take a shot that was also important. Was there a reason why you didn’t shoot? Prepping your trigger was stressed. I really tried refining my trigger press and several times (less than 10 so I wasn’t willy nilly shooting) a shot went off before I intended it to. In some circles that is considered a ND.
We had a discussion on this and this is my feelings as well. A ND has a bad name to it and sometimes that is appropriate. I insured my pistol was pointed in a safe direction and I knew my target background. To learn your trigger you need to place your finger on it at some point. Chuck explained this as the trigger had 3 zones. The first zone was the red zone or a trigger with no pressure applied. The yellow zone is next and there is pressure applied to the trigger. The red zone is last zone. Many times people press the trigger and think they are deep in the red zone when they are really in the yellow zone still. It could have been tat, flllinchies, or something else.
Sorry for the long post