Notes From The First-Ever PP Knowledge Capital Excursion
Greetings from Pahrump, NV!
The 1st-ever Peak Prosperity Knowledge Capital Excursion is underway. Chris, myself and roughly 30 other PP members have convened in the desert outside Las Vegas to learn how to be more responsible firearm owners.
We're taking a 4-day defensive handgun class at Front Sight, a world-class firearm proficency and safety training facility.
Personally, I've learned a ton today, and there are still three days to go. I'm already *much* more relieved knowing that, with today's instruction alone, I have substantially more knowledge of how to use my handgun much more safely than I did beforehand.
And so far, it's been a blast going through all this with the PP crew. Live events like this are my favorite part of running this website — our readers have such a unique and special blend of smarts, goodwill, humor and exceptionalism; I really can't imagine better people to spent my time with.
Below are a few photos I snapped today with my phone. I've invited the other folks with me to post some of theirs, too, as well as any commentary they'd like in the Comments section below.
Hopefully those of you not here with us this weekend can have fun experiencing the event vicariously through these updates.
This is a very fun course and the organization is excellent.
But, this is the desert. It is hot a blazes and i missed a few spots with the SPF 45 sun-block that I won’t miss tomorrow. The range time is broken up by lectures in the airconditioned hall.
Worn out, ready for bed. Excited to be here and learning.
My desert survival course taught me the following:
Whenever possible, use clothing to cover skin rather than sunblock. This was especially useful advice for me, since my burn time even when coated with sunblock 50 is about 30 minutes.
So that means floppy hats, scarves, long-sleeved (cotton) shirts, long pants, and (maybe) gloves.
Its about as anti-fashion as you can possibly get. But I didn’t get burned once when using this technique.
Some of us still had enough energy to enjoy some good Mexican food and drink at the Silverton.
Dave – I had to giggle at the image of you covered up in this fashion but it truly is the best. Curtis Stone commented that during the summer he wears a large asian style hat and white shirt with collar and sleeves. As little bare skin as possible. Also, extra calcium is great as the excess vitamin D from sun exposure can deplete your calcium stores. Now I understand why I always craved ice cream after a day at the beach! Have fun!
The instructors here are fantastic. They exude professionalism at every step of the training. Their process is mentoring as much as instructing. Safety is stressed in everything they do. All their rules are illustrated with anecdotes about what has happened (elsewhere) when someone ignored one of the rules.
We’ve learned about basic safety, proper technique, clearing malfunctions and lots more. We’ve also had presentations on the legal, moral and ethical aspects of gun use. They’re mandatory for anyone who wants to go on to a concealed carry license.
We used a bit under 50 rounds the first day and about 150 today. They tell us we’ll use about 300 tomorrow.
Many of you there have found the places your sidearms need a bit of smoothing. Super glue under your bandage will help. For those who hurt too much, switch to your off hand. Since it’s so new, your new neural pathways aren’t solid and switching hands won’t be much worse than day one. Cheers all. Have fun. Tycer.
Today we each went through a session in the Front Sight tactical situation simulator. We had to (individually) attempt to rescue family members who had been taken hostage by home invaders. We needed to use tactical skills were shown yesterday. It was a live fire situation (against wooden cutouts) in a specially constructed “home”. We got to use techniques for opening doors, clearing a room, etc. Being first timers everyone made their share of mistakes, some more than others.
We also did a lot more range practice, including clearing the three types of malfunctions.
Tomorrow is more range activities and skills testing. They will test us in accuracy and speed. We expect to consume another 200 rounds.
We developed lots of shooting skill and many great shooters were unearthed at Front Sight.
But Chris and his son Simon really stood out with perfect shooting scores on the test.
This was a very, very fun outing. A great bunch of people. 🙂
I have to say this Front Sight experience exceeded all of my expectations by a wide margin. Having been a shooter for a long time, but never having any training, I had a bunch of terrible habits to fix. The staff was pitch-perfect in their corrections and suggestions.
I decided to give myself fully to the Front Sight process and techniques. While still far from perfected (very far!) I am taking home a solid array of new things to test and refine.
The flow of the course, and the way it built to successively harder and harder elements was really masterful, including the way they slowly got us to considering actual shooting situations and practicing how we’d respond.
Like any good course, it was stressed over and over again that avoiding confrontation is, by far, the best course of action. Next in line is practicing telling a possible threat to not advance or come any closer in a very loud, authoritative way.
But if it comes to having to shoot, then knowing exactly what to do and when and how is really important.
In fact after taking this course I would say that everyone who ever thinks they want to carry a gun for personal protection SHOULD take this course. Not the super weak “gun safety” course my own state requires which adds up to about 4 hours of talking. Instead 4 days of comprehensive testing is really what’s needed to get to basic proficiency.
If anyone does decide to come in the future my advice would be to only do this course and not try to weave in some Las Vegas too. I was wiped out at the end of every day. In a good way, but really cooked.
Here’s the crew, including instructors.
And, yes, I was/am super proud of my son Simon who just practiced hard, listened carefully and really excelled earning the top “distinguished graduate” distinction. Not an easy feat! In terms of father-son time this was top-notch.
While I didn’t get nearly enough time interacting with PP members here, the schedule is really packed, I still feel like this was a very powerful bonding experience. Something really intense was shared and that’s what these PP ‘experiences’ are meant to accomplish. Congratulations to everyone who came and made it through this rigorous course and experience!
(Now for my red eye flight home….)