October 01, 2009

1 Free Gun, 2 Classes, 5 Days: The FrontSight Training Package

So I mentioned briefly Tuesday that I was contacted by the staff at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute last week, inquiring into whether or not I might be interested in partnering with them for a promotional venture.

Guess what? I looked it over, and it seems like a good deal.

Without further procrastination, let's get to it.

Here is what Front Sight is offering.

Four Day Defensive Handgun Certificate that allows you to attend a $2,000 Four Day Defensive Handgun Course at any time in the future with no expiration date. Have better gun handling, marksmanship and tactical skills than 99% of the people who carry a gun for a living! Your shooting buddies will ask, "Where did you learn how to shoot like that?" You will proudly tell them, "Front Sight." Course Value: $2,000. Being the Best Shooter in your group of shooting buddies... Priceless!

One Day 30 State Concealed Weapon Permit Course that gives you all the training, paperwork signed off, finger prints, and certificates to apply for permits in FL, NV, and Utah. Reciprocity agreements in place allow you to carry a concealed handgun in 30 states. Course Value: $500. Comfort of being armed and trained to handle anything... Priceless!

All 7 Front Sight Dry Practice Manuals, each over 100 pages with photos of all the techniques we teach in our Four Day Defensive Handgun, Tactical Shotgun, Practical Rifle, Select Fire M16, Uzi Submachine Gun, Empty Hand Defense and Edged Weapons Courses. These manuals are your "Perfect Practice At Home Front Sight Instructor!" Manuals Value: $280. Ability to dry practice all the correct techniques and continue to improve your skills between courses... Priceless!

Limited Edition, Stainless Steel Folding Knife with Front Sight Logo etched in handle. You can't get this knife anywhere at any price. This is a special run of knives made specifically for this offer. If we sold a logo knife in our pro shop, which we don't, it would be priced at $300 or more. You get it as part of this package. Knife Value: $300. Cool factor when you whip it out to open a box, slice an apple, or dissuade an attacker... Priceless!

Front Sight Instructor Belt, Holster, Magazine Pouch, Flashlight Holder and Flashlight. All the right gear you need to wear on your belt for a Four Day Defensive Handgun Course. Gear Value: $230. Knowing you are outfitted for your first Front Sight course with the same gear the Front Sight Instructors wear... Priceless!

Front Sight Logo Armorer's Bench Mat. Neoprene bench mat measuring approximately 16" x 12" featuring the Front Sight logo and exploded view disassembly diagrams for the 1911 pistol, Glock pistol, and AR-15 Rifle on it. Armorer's Bench Mat Value: $40. Having a Front Sight padded mat to clean and work on your guns... Priceless!

Front Sight "Any Gun Will Do-- If You Will Do" Logo Shirt. I have had so many reports of people seeing our students proudly wearing their Front Sight shirts all over the country. Our students wear them to shooting ranges, gun shows, rock concerts, Disneyland and even church! You too will enjoy proudly flying Front Sight's colors. Shirt Value: $30. Wearing it to your liberal brother-in-law's house party... Priceless!

Front Sight Logo Hat. Perfect accessory item to wear with or without your Front Sight shirt. Keeps the sun out of your eyes and your mind in Condition Yellow (If you don't know what Condition Yellow is you REALLY need to take a course with us!) Hat Value: $20. The acknowledging nod you get from other gun owners when they see you wearing it... Priceless!

Right there I think that Front Sight has a week's worth of experience lined up a a reasonable price, but the other previously-mentioned take home prize makes the deal even sweeter.

Yes, your very own Springfield Armory XD, in your choice of 9mm, .40 S& W, or .45 ACP.

I've made no secret that I'm a fan of the XD, and Front Sight will give you one once you are enrolled.

Folks, this is one great offer.

What should you expect to get out of this investment in your shooting skills?

The ability to draw from a concealed holster and put a controlled pair of shots to the target's thoracic cavity from 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds.

Folks, that is strong. Admittedly, I can't do that now. Can you?

I'm hoping that you will consider signing up.

With competence comes confidence.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 1, 2009 07:16 AM

Bunch of crooks if you ask me.

Front Sight assets seized.

Posted by: McE at October 1, 2009 10:42 AM

Knowing the whole story helps.

The founder (Ignatius Piazza) did get sued over a residential community he was trying to get developed near the range, and they're still working on the settlement to investors. The article you dropped the link to above posted on the 15th; three days later the judge removed the receivership.

Piazza has also apparently lurked around the edges of Scientology, but he claims to be a Catholic. He does admit using Hubbard's marketing techniques and has been to Scientology meetings. But that is just Piazza, and I keep that separate from the training that Front Sight provides.

I've not found one bad word written about the training, and most people who have taken the courses seem to think Front Sight quite literally the very best firearm's training there is. I'm quite comfortable recommending the training. I just wouldn't go to church with Piazza.

And I don't want you to just take my word for it. Here are the Wikipedia links to Piazza and FrontSight. And please, do your own additional research on the Internet.

I'd be comfortable taking the class and I feel comfortable recommending it to my readers.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 1, 2009 11:09 AM

Frontsight throws up too many red flags for my taste.

Feel free to give us a review of Frontsight after you've been through their training. It's what I am NOT seeing that makes me skeptical.

Posted by: Gun Nut at October 1, 2009 11:41 AM

Bob, "Dr." Piazza was more deeply involved in Scientology than simply attending a few meetings. He is listed in the Church of Scientology's publications as "clear". That takes a significant investment in time and money - like about $100,000. He also took the "Sunshine Rundown" course. What is the "Sunshine Rundown", you ask? It's a course that re-introduces disoriented Scientologists back into the real world. The actual firearms training might be good, but it's way over-priced. The NRA offers firearms training at a much more reasonable cost.

Posted by: EnfantTerrible at October 1, 2009 12:24 PM

This is what I found the first time I checked into Frontsight and Ignatius Piazza.

I visited's search engine and used the keywords "ignatius piazza lawsuit". I use a similar methodology whenever I research a business or website. I then came up with this site in particular that threw out a red flag.

Google or Yahoo those keywords, read, and decide for yourselves.

Posted by: Gun Nut at October 1, 2009 01:41 PM

Sketchy belief system.
Misappropriation of funds.
Scorn for judicial process.
Obviously liberal.

Posted by: TimWB at October 1, 2009 04:47 PM

The training in weapons use is supposed to be extremely good. That is the only valid point. If I could afford it, if I could get sufficient time off from work, I'd go to the classes, get the training, get my diplomas and goodies, and go home.
As it is, I am a long time "student of the gun" and a retired military weapons instructor. I'm, sorry for the vanity, already pretty damn good. But if there are new tricks to learn, new techniques to study, no-one is ever the total master of all.

Posted by: cmblake6 at October 1, 2009 07:36 PM

Piazza is a con man.

"The ability to draw from a concealed holster and put a controlled pair of shots to the target's thoracic cavity from 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds."

Really? I could do that 20 years ago from Military Training that the Government paid ME for. Granted, my training was longer and more intense and assignments afterwards were not on Your list of desired vacation spots. I do have a Masters in International Relations and never dabbled in the Scientology Cult but am Retired Military and in a weekend I can have you very proficient with the XD of your choice, the 1911A1 and the Mossberg 590 shotgun for far less than $2,000.00 but hey Bud, its your money.

Posted by: Old Trooper at October 4, 2009 06:23 PM

"What should you expect to get out of this investment in your shooting skills?

The ability to draw from a concealed holster and put a controlled pair of shots to the target's thoracic cavity from 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds."

Ok. So, what about those of us who can do that and more from farther distances and don't care for the XDs?

Seriously though. 3 to 5 yards is nothing. Studies in the past by LEOs have shown that if you can not place three rounds minute of soccer ball from atleast 7 yards in under 2 seconds from the holster, then you need to train more. A lot more.

I prefer to mix up the ranges a bit, and go as far as the range allows.

Posted by: Matt at October 5, 2009 04:08 AM