Cleaning my boots. All the gear is dry and clean. Excellent evening of training. Easy to now do 7-10 yard night work doing flash light positions w/ my airsoft in the side yard.....work on target id and keeping shadows off the muzzle. -- Sid B, Low Light Basic, Nov 13
Guns absolutely terrified me until taking my first course with Eric
Lamberson. His to-the-point approach and focus on safety made me realize
that I wasn't going to shoot anyone's eye out, including my own. In
fact, after Eric's guidance, I was able to hit multiple targets,
sometimes shooting through the same spot. Being a smaller woman, there
was some concern that the pistol would "give" after shots, but with the proper
stance and hand positioning, that wasn't an issue. Now I know how to fill and empty a magazine, load and inspect the pistol, aim with control,
and fire accurately. Eric is someone I highly recommend to show you how
to properly handle a pistol. Can't wait for the more intensive courses.
-- Amanda K, 25, Ladies Level 2, Jan 14
I just wanted to say again that I really enjoyed the low light class and
felt I came away with a good learning experience. Also I can't deny
that it was fun as well. I can easily see myself taking this class at
least once possibly twice a year. Your no-nonsense approach without a
Drill Instructor attitude is exactly what I look for in a firearms
training class. I appreciate that, and look forward to my next training
session under your direction. -- Don "Bear" M, Low Light Basic, Jan 14
training night. Getting reps and experience from behind cover was excellent. The Weaver/rogers/Isosceles drills got me pushing my envelope...all these reps are allowing the details of the right way to do this to percolate up and be recognized then repeated. Good stuff. Sid B, 22 Feb 14
I would like to thank you very much for taking your weekend time to teach your CHL class to me. I left with a whole new prospective on handgun safety, handling and use. I also want to start scheduling additional classes to further my education. Fred B, 11 May 14
I very much enjoyed your MAG 20 class! You
give a good mix of practical live-fire instruction with discussion of
firearms application via actual experience and past examples. I will keep up with your schedule and, when possible, will try to schedule future classes. Also, Cedar Ridge is a very nice range. Hope to return sometime later in 2014. Steve S, 28 May 14
Eric, your short range matches are the best practice for
concealed carry license holders outside of expensive courses. Your focus on
real world incidents and realistic shooting scenarios using carry-type weapons
makes these events invaluable.
IDPA competition has frankly gotten to be a sport
first and practice for concealed carry a distant second. As IDPA competitors
we tend to focus too much on getting the best score within the rules. The way
you would shoot a stage if people were shooting back at you is far different
from the way you would shoot that stage to get the best score under current
IDPA rules. While I enjoy IDPA competitions myself and have no problem with
people who compete in IDPA primarily as a sport, we do tend to get into bad habits such
as walking slowly to get zero down hits on targets. When people
shoot back, you tend to run faster and shoot one-handed so you don’t get shot.
Doing so is going to reduce your IDPA score substantially, but if the main
object of the exercise is not to get shot while getting hits on the bad guy, running
and shooting one handed are good examples of how to do it. This is not just speculation,
since these are things revealed by the work done by different groups that
do Airsoft-based force-on-force training such as Suarez International.
Perhaps one day IDPA competition will find a way to
calculate into scoring how many hits would happen on a competitor who is
walking slowly and shooting two-handed at all times. This could be deducted
from the score to make IDPA competition more like the real world, but until IDPA
figures a way to do this we have your matches. No caliber restrictions,
no rules against RMRs, relaxed but safe rules on holsters, no rules against shooting a particular pistol as
long as it is something you carry. Your matches allow us to compete more like the
way we actually carry.
While your short range matches are not going to replace formal handgun training courses, or for that matter, IDPA competition for the pure sport of it, they provide additional and I think much needed opportunities
for better concealed carry skill set development. They are the cheapest way
for law-abiding people with CHL's in the San Antonio/Austin area to practice and sharpen our gun handling skills in the context of simulated real world concealed carry situations. Mark N, 10 Aug 14 Short Range Match
Eric: I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the one match I shot with you a couple of months ago. The challenge for me was to try to set aside the gamer approach and attempt to treat it more like a training exercise. I didn't succeed at this very well, so I'd like another shot at it. I've been out of town for an extended time, but I'll be back as soon as I can. Thanks for hosting these matches. Duwain W, Austin, Sep 15
Guns have always made me nervous not knowing how to handle them properly so I left the guns to my husband even after taking a CHL class with Eric Lamberson two years ago. I did really well on the test and qualifying but I still felt like I knew just enough to be dangerous. Like anything you want to do well you need a good coach. Eric is that coach.
I took Eric's Shooting Skills Tune up class on Saturday at Cedar Ridge. Eric focused on proper stance, grip, and drawing from a holster, speed reloading, drawing from concealment, two-handed stances, one-handed stances, and reloading. Eric is an excellent coach whatever skill level you are. This was my first time using a holster and firing a gun while moving. Eric corrected my stance and grip again. Good habits make a big difference. Tina K. Nov 15
Thanks for a good low light class on Friday! The camaraderie and the
learning during your range classes and matches are always great.
Pablo P. Jan 17