Firearms Training Info Bleg Post

My posting this info bleg relates to a post over at Walls of the City about Gabe Suarez, which had some thread drift into the actual value of the training Gabe Suarez offers. Having explained the context of this bleg post, I ask anyone who might stumble upon this post a question about another ubiquitous firearms trainer:

Is the training at Ignatius Piazza’s Front Sight Firearms Training Institute worthwhile?

His current “Patriot Lifetime Membership” offer allows such members to attend both two-day and four-day courses on defensive handgun use, tactical shotgun use and practical rifle use as often as the member desires, at a cost of $700 up-front (fools who pay by “easy monthly payments” will end up paying as much as $1,800 for the privilege of borrowing money to become a “Patriot Lifetime Member” at Front Sight). This sounds like a bargain, at least until one factors in the lodging cost of attending each class. Front Sight’s current lifetime membership drive sweetens the pot by including a 9mm FMK pistol, with customized engraving pertaining to Front Sight, for anyone who purchases two “Patriot Lifetime Memberships” at a total cost of $1,200 (any of which, according to the Front Sight Web site, can be transferred to someone else without penalty to the purchaser). According to the most recent e-mail I received from Front Sight, lifetime members will also soon receive 20 additional lifetime memberships, to be transferred to other people as the paid lifetime member so desires.

So, all that being said, is the training Front Sight provides worth $700, plus lodging costs at their fairly-remote site?

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5 Responses to Firearms Training Info Bleg Post

  1. Drang says:

    I know several people who have been and opine that it is good training.

    I know several people who get so irritated with Dr Piazza they want nothing to do with Frontsight, but those who have been, say the training is worthwhile. I don’t know how “High speed-low drag” it is, but I have been known to engage in the traditional Gun Blogger bashing of trainers who claim (or imply) that their courses will turn Joe Sixpack into a DeltaSealRangerSpetznaz Operator, so I don’t think that’s a big deal.

    You’re closer to Gunsite, of course, but still a short day’s drive from Frontsite (compared to me, anyway) so, if you can get into both, you could always do a comparison.

    Make sure you include financing tips… πŸ˜‰

    • AuricTech says:

      Thanks for the feedback! Glad to hear that someone whose judgment I trust from many, many posts at has contacts who have provided positive opinions on Front Sight’s training.

      Make sure you include financing tips… πŸ˜‰

      Having just checked the Gunsite Academy Web site, I see why you mentioned this; based on the current Front Sight “Patriot Lifetime Membership” offer, I can buy two such memberships (and receive a 9mm pistol) for only $200 more than attending one session of Gunsite Academy’s 250 Pistol (a.k.a. “The Gunsite Experience”). If I do manage a comparison, it will have to be a year or more down the road. That being said, I am sufficiently intrigued by Gunsite Academy’s pedigree to be willing to drop a kilobuck or so on their training. Just not yet….

  2. Hey,

    I got your page from Linoge at Walls of the City.

    My wife and I have both attended classes. Drop me an email, we’ll be happy to share what we saw! ARMABOREALIS at GMAIL.COM.


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