3×3 Review: Dynamic Focus Shooting at Gander Mountain Academy with Michael Anderson September 2016

| September 16, 2016 | 5 Comments

Instead of hashtagging my sympathies on 9/11, the She Shepherd and I went out and did some training. We attended the 8-hour-ish Dynamic Focus Shooting class at Gander Mountain Academy. Michael Anderson (of Landing the Plane fame) taught the class.

Here’s my 3×3 review, explaining the top three things covered in class, the top three things I learned, and the top three things I’m going to change.

I recommend this class as a good foundation for shooting for self defense. The class boils everything down to the shooting essentials. This both focuses the class, but also means students will need to pursue pre- and post-fight training elsewhere.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

5 Comments on "3×3 Review: Dynamic Focus Shooting at Gander Mountain Academy with Michael Anderson September 2016"

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  1. Marc says:

    Here was what Reid Hendricks has for targets and the high target box.


  2. CR Williams says:

    Re: Flinch response training

    I disagree with the idea that Pincus has about training the flinch because I believe it conditions the student to a response that is not appropriate under all conditions. I’ve brought this up with others who train and teach and their experience indicates that the ‘hands up’ flinch taught in TFS is not a standard or natural response to sudden stimulus in every case. It appears to be range dependent whether or not the hands even start to come up, much less come up that far.

    By conditioning the flinch in the way TFS tries to do I believe that the system is training the student into an action that could slow down access in some cases resulting in a delay in reaction to attack that could be detrimental to the defender.

    • Rob Pincus says:

      CR, you should take the class sometime. We’re not “conditioning” the startle reaction, we integrate it into the parts of the course that are meant to cover responses to being ambushed, specifically in situations that would fall into the category of ranges and circumstances such as those you allude to being appropriate for the type infractions we integrate. Of course, the nature of anyone’s exact reactions will be incredibly varied, but certain aspects are generally predictable and easily/often observed in actual events, which is why we integrate them.


      • CR Williams says:

        I would be very pleased to take the full class and will keep an eye out on your schedule to see when there’s one I can reach at the right time of year. (I have to be leery of high temperatures so much of the usual training season is closed off to me.)

        I use the word ‘conditioning’ because I’ve seen the flinch/startle response used very nearly every time I’ve seen any of your training and demonstrations on video including the TFT discs that I have.

        This is the only real question-mark I have about your system, however. Overall I have great respect for what you have accomplished as a trainer.

  3. Rob Pincus says:

    Great Review, SBS. Anderson is an outstanding teacher. Proud to have him on our team and glad to hear you appreciated the course. -RJP

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