Classes from Runenation
Since we like to learn new shooting techniques, improve our skills and challenge ourselves - we try to take various classes throughout the year. In the past month we have been fortunate to be able to take two classes taught by Ian Strimbeck of Runenation; one for pistol skills and the other for carbine skills.
The course covered the following areas:
The course covered the following areas:
Both of the courses were well taught and very worthwhile – especially since they both focused on moving, thinking and shooting from a wide variety of distances (from up close to 40 yards) – instead of stationary target shooting. Because of this dynamic you had to manage several different things during each drill: determining a course of action, moving from point to point, drawing, prioritizing targets, aiming, shooting, reloading, and malfunction clearing (if that occurred). This aspect made the courses both more challenging and more rewarding since they clearly enhanced your skills.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Pistol course was the “Shooting from retention” drills. Although I’ve shot many times from close distances (e.g. 1 foot), this was the first time I recall shooting targets while touching them to replicate what it would be like if you were actually physically holding onto an adversary while you fired your weapon. Needless to say, you need to have the proper technique to be effective and avoid shooting yourself.
The other thing that I really liked about both courses was that they made you think, focus and then shoot while maintaining accuracy – rather than just shoot. In fact, during many of the drills you didn’t know which target, or how many shots you were going to take, prior to starting the drill since Ian would call out that information while you were moving around the range. Some of the drills even included the “Stroop Effect” where the name of a color (e.g., "blue", "green", or "red") is printed in a color which is not the same as its name, as shown in the picture below. In these drills you had to examine the colored targets and then shoot the name of the color that was shown to you on a flip card once you arrived at the shooting location instead of the color that the name was written in.
If you have a chance to take any of Ian’s courses (since he travels around the country in addition to teaching at his home base in New Hampshire) I would highly recommend that you sign up since Ian’s classes are a lot of fun and will definitely help you improve your pistol/carbine technique, speed and accuracy.
You can find out more about Runenation, and the classes that they offer, on their website:
Is Steel Ammo Good or Bad?
Since we have an AK-47 derivative (Norinco MAK-90) we like to keep the "low cost/rugged" experience as real as possible by using steel case ammunition in the firearm; even though there is a wide variation of opinions related to using steel vs. brass case ammo.
Based on talking to other people that shoot steel case ammo, several detailed internet reviews and our testing at the range we found that steel ammo is a very viable option – but is probably not what we want to shoot in all of our firearms. In addition, we found that Wolf and Bear ammo are probably the best choices. TulAmmo seems to have significantly more issues with both reliability and cleanliness.
If you want to see a detailed comparison of brass versus steel ammo - then you might want to look at the detailed 40,000 round test that Luckygunner performed. You can find it here: “Brass vs. Steel Cased Ammo – An Epic Torture Test”
In addition, here are two great YouTube videos from the Military Arms Channel that discuss the pros and cons, and dispel the myths, about steel case ammo:
The Truth About Wolf Ammo
Wolf Ammo Demonstration
You can see more information about the ammo we use on the Shooting/Ammunition page.
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