June 22/23 Training Weekend AAR # 5
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!