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    Good morning all!

    I just attended the FAS *free* handgun safety class this last Saturday and wanted to give a report for any who might be considering taking it.

    Overall I would give the class an A++! Even though I have been around guns most of my childhood, I still learned quite a few things.

    The instructors were very easy going, and very knowledgeable. The shooting portion was outstanding! I improved my shot groupings from 5" to 2". And the range coaches were very patient with all.

    I would recommend this class to anyone and everyone, even if you've been shooting for years! I'm looking forward to taking their more advanced classes. They even offer night shooting classes!

    They are quite a ways south of Seattle (about 100 miles south) so it takes a couple of hours to get there, but the trip is well worth it.

    And no, I'm not getting any renumeration for this

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    FAS is probably the best value in training in the Northwest. I have attended both their Basic Handgun Safety Seminar, FAS-2 (now Defensive Handgun), and also attended a Utah CPL certification class hosted there.

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    I have also taken the free safety class and I was amazed at how much information and training was given for FREE. Their strategy of attracting repeat customers worked on me as I am already signed up for another class (Utah CCW as well) and plan on taking many more.

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    I've seen a lot of people post about that place on xdtalk.com and have seen nothing but great posts. I personally am signed up for August 4th. Is anyone else signed up for this date?

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    Y'know, I really ought to attend one of their classes sometime. I live in Lacey, so it's not that far to attend a good class in Onalaska. Hell, I used to live even closer, but I didn't know about the place back then.

    I think Iwould kind of feel bad attending the free course right now, since I couldn't afford an advanced class just yet. And, frankly, it's really the advanced classes I would like most, having been around guns all my life. I'm sure the free class is useful, but I'd really look forward to the more advanced stuff.

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    Y'know, I really ought to attend one of their classes sometime. I live in Lacey, so it's not that far to attend a good class in Onalaska. Hell, I used to live even closer, but I didn't know about the place back then.

    I think Iwould kind of feel bad attending the free course right now, since I couldn't afford an advanced class just yet. And, frankly, it's really the advanced classes I would like most, having been around guns all my life. I'm sure the free class is useful, but I'd really look forward to the more advanced stuff.
    I think you'd be surprised at actually all you learn even in the free class! And the instruction on the range is worth so much! Also, when your certificate is mailed to you, they send you a nice surprise for future classes. I still haven't been back for a more advanced class, but know I will eventually. And even the advanced classes are really reasonable in price. With their "surprise" give, it's even more reasonable in price

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    I just took their Defensive Handgun course the weekend before last.

    I will definitely second everything that's being said here: good class, great instructor and assistants, learned a lot, and (from my perspective anyway) quite affordable. I definitely will be back, either to take further advanced classes, the Rentention class (especially pertinant for open carriers), or maybe even to retake Defensive Handgun w/my Ruger SP101 instead of my S&W 910 that I used this time--gotta work on those speed-loader reloads!




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    Perfect timing on the bump of this thread! A friend's wife is looking to take an intro handgun class so that she can start carrying, and I couldn't remember the name of this place. Thanks to everyone in the thread for the reviews and info. I've already recommended that my friend and his wife attend, and I think my wife and I might also take a class, just to brush up.

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    gregma wrote:
    Drewesque wrote:
    Y'know, I really ought to attend one of their classes sometime. I live in Lacey, so it's not that far to attend a good class in Onalaska. Hell, I used to live even closer, but I didn't know about the place back then.

    I think Iwould kind of feel bad attending the free course right now, since I couldn't afford an advanced class just yet. And, frankly, it's really the advanced classes I would like most, having been around guns all my life. I'm sure the free class is useful, but I'd really look forward to the more advanced stuff.
    I think you'd be surprised at actually all you learn even in the free class! And the instruction on the range is worth so much! Also, when your certificate is mailed to you, they send you a nice surprise for future classes. I still haven't been back for a more advanced class, but know I will eventually. And even the advanced classes are really reasonable in price. With their "surprise" give, it's even more reasonable in price

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    Well, if the free class makes others even cheaper, I wouldn't feel like quite as much of a mooch. After all, thenI might be able to afford the retention class and/or the defensive handgun and shotgun classes.

    And, hey, a little range time with an instructor and my Steyr might improve my aim with the sights. They're fast, but I'm less accurate with them (of course, I've only put about 150 rounds through her, but she's new).

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    I've been looking at taking this course for some time now, but the only thing that turns me off is the gun snobbery that they seem to have. I would be bringing my Hi Point 45 to the course, and according to their website, I would not be allowed to use it since it is a "sub-$200" gun. I have fired over 500 rounds through the pistol and have had no trouble with it, and it was the best I could afford, yet they would deny me their class because I didn't buy something more expensive. I certainly wouldn't go there just to have to leave.....

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    compmanio365 wrote:
    I've been looking at taking this course for some time now, but the only thing that turns me off is the gun snobbery that they seem to have. I would be bringing my Hi Point 45 to the course, and according to their website, I would not be allowed to use it since it is a "sub-$200" gun. I have fired over 500 rounds through the pistol and have had no trouble with it, and it was the best I could afford, yet they would deny me their class because I didn't buy something more expensive. I certainly wouldn't go there just to have to leave.....
    I'd call them about it. They say that they haven't seen a proven sub-$200 gun. If you talk to them, they might be willing to accept a Hi Point, especially after you explain that you have yet to experience a single failure.

    I could be wrong here, but it couldn't hurt to check. From the sounds of it, they mostly have problems with people bringing junk guns. Go to your local pawn shop and look at some of the bargain guns there. I promise you'll see a lot of names your local gun shop refuses to carry. A lot of those are utter trash. The point they're trying to make is that you need a gun that will do the job.

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    krazichinaman wrote:
    I've seen a lot of people post about that place on xdtalk.com and have seen nothing but great posts. I personally am signed up for August 4th. Is anyone else signed up for this date?
    My wife and I are registered for the August 4 class. I'll be the old, gray-haired guy with the pretty lady by my side. I'll be using a Kimber .45, and the lady carries a S&W .38 revolver. See you there!

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    Drewesque wrote:
    I could be wrong here, but it couldn't hurt to check. From the sounds of it, they mostly have problems with people bringing junk guns. Go to your local pawn shop and look at some of the bargain guns there. I promise you'll see a lot of names your local gun shop refuses to carry. A lot of those are utter trash. The point they're trying to make is that you need a gun that will do the job.
    Yeah, my guess is they're talking about something like if they see the name "Jennings" stamped on a pistol, they'll tell you to get a gun that will actually function.
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    My wife and I attended the free Handgun Safety Seminar this weekend. I want to echo what others have said. This is top notch training. Roberta, who had no formal training before this class, came away confident in her abilities, and competent in the use of a handgun. Now she wants a better gun. Guess we are going to go thegun store again. Yipeee!!!

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    I was there as well on the 4th. I don't recall a kimber. Were you the couple from Oregon or the ones that wanted to buy the crimson grips for the pistol? I was the person wearing the NRA hat talking about opencarry and what not.Also, I was sitting in the frontleft row.I was shooting my XD .45 Service in Dark Earth walking around with it on my hip. I also was in the first group to hit the range and end the day in the class.

    BTW the class was very good. I learned a few things I didn't think of before. I'm so tempted to take their defensive pistol class, but I'm a bit short of cash at the moment.

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    We were older couple, front row, left side, talking about laser grips for my wife's 38 revolver. I remember you. Great class!

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    Hi everyone...

    I just ended up here after reading a blog about one of these classes, and a little further research resulted in me finding this forum.

    Anyway, thank-you all for your kind comments regarding our training. It is nice to know that we are succeeding in our mission to educate people on firearms training and education.

    Also, regarding the HI-Points. They are allowed, bring it on down.

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    Great to hear Marty, thanks for confirming that.Myself and my wifewill be signing up for one of the next classes that is available......thanks for putting on such a great program!

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    Marty, welcome to OCDO! Good to have you on board. I'm hoping that at some point during my senior year this coming school year at the UW that I'll have the time and the mental capacity to come down and check out one of your classes.

    Please also join us over on the NWCDL.com forums if you haven't done so already.
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    Please consider writing a review of your experiences here, if you have taken a class:

    http://www.washingtonceasefire.net/c...,43/Itemid,44/

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    Sorry for dredging up an old thread, but I just had to post on my experience with the free Handgun Safety Class that I just took yesterday. I have to say that even though I have been shooting for a while, that I learned a LOT of things that I didn't know before. I relearned a couple of things I had forgotten, and they helped me change a couple bad habits that I had developed over the past couple years, doing things purely on my own.

    I would say that it is definitely worth a person's time, even if they -think- they are at an advanced level as far as handguns, to go to this class and learn a few new things and relearn what you have forgotten. If nothing else, you have a half day of good practice shooting your pistol with instruction from trained professionals on how to better your technique.

    I plan at some point here to sign up for the home defense class to further my skills and training, and I believe if this is what they can give for free, that any paid class must be even better. Definitely worth the drive down there, and worth any money you might end up paying for this.

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    compmanio365 wrote:
    Sorry for dredging up an old thread, but I just had to post on my experience with the free Handgun Safety Class that I just took yesterday. I have to say that even though I have been shooting for a while, that I learned a LOT of things that I didn't know before. I relearned a couple of things I had forgotten, and they helped me change a couple bad habits that I had developed over the past couple years, doing things purely on my own.

    I would say that it is definitely worth a person's time, even if they -think- they are at an advanced level as far as handguns, to go to this class and learn a few new things and relearn what you have forgotten. If nothing else, you have a half day of good practice shooting your pistol with instruction from trained professionals on how to better your technique.

    I plan at some point here to sign up for the home defense class to further my skills and training, and I believe if this is what they can give for free, that any paid class must be even better. Definitely worth the drive down there, and worth any money you might end up paying for this.
    The 2 day Defensive Handgun class is awesome. After the class, I was shooting better in the dark than I was shooting in daylight at the begining of the class.

    You will not be disappointed! Best $275 I have ever spent. Not only that, but it was a blast! (literally and figuratively).

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    After the class, I was shooting better in the dark than I was shooting in daylight at the begining of the class.
    Well, I can't claim to have improved quite that much, but other than that, I definitely second your recommendation!

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    kparker wrote:
    After the class, I was shooting better in the dark than I was shooting in daylight at the begining of the class.
    Well, I can't claim to have improved quite that much, but other than that, I definitely second your recommendation!
    Shooting for 2 days straight with quality instruction has a tremendous effect on muscle memory. It also says how poorly I shot before the class...

    For those of you who don't think you need training, think again. You will realize how much you don't know and how much you think you know is wrong. Case in point, the people who have been shooting for years (arguably experienced shooters) that claim they learned things and corrected bad habits in the FREE HANDGUN SAFTEY SEMINAR!

    Consider purchasing training in lieu of your next handgun... you won't be disappointed.

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    Oh, I meant to add that the shooting-in-the-dark part was one of the biggest selling points to me. After all, it's as least as likely that any self-defense situation I run into will be after dark, and how much do I get to practise this at my regular range? Zero...



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