Mike Pannone 2 day advance carbine class...part one.
Well, this will be my first AAR ever (along with my first shooting class). Please bear with me. So far out of the class, there was only 1 thing that I was familiar with doing, shooting on the move. I got that down. Everything else was very much new to me (aside from shooting prone for accuracy). I came into this with the mindset “My cup is empty”.
Right out of the gate Mike was straight forward and was very no BS about his class, how, and most importantly WHY he does things the way he does. Let me reiterate that…Mike explains in detail WHY a thing should be done, and WHY other methods are not as effective or as quick. Not just “Do as I say”.
Started off with all 13 (yes, only 13) students verifying zero for 100. Started out at 50, and fine tuned at 100. Then we were off to the races. No pictures. My photographer (wife) had zero interest in accompanying me on my “2 day boys camp”, so I was behind the trigger all day.
100 standing at the buzzer, then drop to prone and fire 10 within 1 minute IIRC (I can’t remember the times, but they were all timed, and got shorter the closer you got). Moved up to 50 and standing to sitting – fire 10. At 25 we went standing to kneeling fire 10, then at 10, standing – fire 10. Rinse and repeat 4 times then a final for score (ouch – down 61 but nothing outside of the 6).
He did a very good job of explaining the way to position your body in each position so your body has it’s natural aiming right at the target so you are not fighting yourself trying to stay on target, and ways to check to see if you are there, or need to reposition. I learned a great deal about being nothing more than a recoil sponge so the rifle can do it’s job without my screwing it up.
Now we stayed inside the 25 for the rest of the day. He had us do a modified half and half drill. 5 shots at 20 in 10 seconds, 5 shots at 15 in 5 seconds, 5 shots at 10 in 1.25 seconds. I really need to work on my splits. Could not beat that 1.25. Consistently in the 1.65 range.
Rinse and repeat several times then score (IPSC target, no more than 3 outside the A, and a D was a FAIL).
OK, now we do some transitions to support side. He walked us through each and every motion on his method of doing so, explained why, and how, then had us do it in shots of 3 (strong, weak, strong – take 2 steps back and repeat). That was different. I was more worn out by that simple exercise/drill than the entire day combined at that point. Repetition, repetition, repetition. One (of many) drill that I am going to have to do a lot of on my own time to get proficient. NOTE – I have all manner of ambidextrous crap on my rifle, and here is Mike teaching me how not to use it. This is a good thing. I doubt that I will take any of it off, but it is nice to know that if I have to pick up another rifle that is not mine, that I will not be stumbling trying to run it. I made it a point to make sure that I did the routines as instructed until I had it down solid. Standard safety, support side, fast and easy on and off incorporated into bringing the weapon up to target.
After Mike felt comfortable with our abilities to do the transitions, then we did the half & half drill support side. Once again, that 10 yard kicked my but. The times were modified to allow for the “wrong” shoulder thingy but not by much. 10, 6, and 2.5 (I was still over .3). Back to strong side, but now we are shooting at two targets, so the times were doubled to account for the shots fired. Again, over the time limit at 10, now by .7.
Rinse and repeat, score, then support side.
Shooting on the move. This one I know, I just needed to incorporate this shooting a rifle instead of a handgun. Posture, stance, steps…Mike explains EVERYTHING! If you don’t get it, and can’t figure it out, then you were not paying attention.
Time for reloads, the one thing that I had been avoiding all day. I only got caught once on a low mag, and it figures, on a scored drill…prone. Up to this point, I had been changing out mags and combining rounds into a singe mag between drills as time permitted. I had no clue what was the proper and efficient way to do it. I just tried to mimic what I do with pistol. 10 mags, 1 round each. Fire, reload, fire until you were out. 1 round in all the mags, gear up, and repeat. After I felt that I had it down pretty good, I started to use my ambi release, and found myself double hitting the bolt release (left and right hand doing what needed to be done to release the bolt…at the same time).
OK. Enough for now. I’m tired and sore, not to mention that I still have to reload all my mags, and other house keeping with my equipment.