June 22/23 Training Weekend AAR # 5

June 22/23 Training Weekend AAR # 4
July 1, 2013
July 20/21 Training Weekend
July 2, 2013
I signed up for Max’s two day training course on the recommendation of a friend. I have been a firearms collector and shooter for several years but had never taken any type of formal training. My friend and I traveled from Upstate New York, which was around a seven hour drive. We decided to camp for the weekend and were met by Max on Friday evening. The camping area was very nice with plenty of space for tenting, a fire pit and a latrine. Max went above and beyond in making sure that we were comfortable: ensuring we had enough water, even providing us with coffee and breakfast burritos each morning! On Saturday evening he also supplied us with hot solar showers, which was a godsend after running around in the summer heat (West Virginia gets HOT!). 
The course was very informative; Max would give a short briefing on what we would be practicing, and made sure everyone understood what we would be practicing before proceeding to the range for live fire. Max had a keen eye for safety, ensuring that weapons were loaded/unloaded in a very regimented fashion, and ensured that at no time did anyone cross into another’s lane of fire. He also made a point to ensure that everyone was staying hydrated throughout the entire course. 
The range was very different than any I had ever been to. Do not expect to be training on a square range practicing ninja moves; instead plan on moving rapidly from cover to cover among the many trees and hills that make up this one-of-a-kind training facility. 
The fellow attendees were a great group; everyone was very friendly and courteous. The communication and insight between one another was incredible and I never once doubted the safety of anyone. 
Overall, this course was amazing. Max’s level of professionalism combined with the unique facility and great communication between fellow students provided a fantastic training opportunity unlike any other. I would highly recommend this course to others seeking the most practical, real-world training available. Looking forward to training with Max in the future! 
Thanks Max! 
Ben 
Syracuse, NY

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ben,

    I have been thinking about combining fewer rifle magazines and adding stripper clips to my kit to maintain total rounds, while reducing weight. Do you think that strippers being loaded into empty mags under stress is workable?

    With the vz58, can you load strippers into the magazine right through the top of the receiver without removing the magazine, much like you see guys loading strippers into their M1 Garands? Basically treating the removable box magazine of the vz58 as a really big fixed internal magazine?

    Joe