Road to Rangemaster: Pre-Flight Planning

| March 9, 2016 | 4 Comments

The She-Shepherd and I are attending the “Polite Society” conference at Rangemaster this year. This is my second time , her first.

The conference is a mixture of lecture, hands-on, and live fire classes. Several classes run at the same time, and choosing what to attend is a difficult choice.

One of the things I learned last year is that there is no way to register for a class. You just show up and hope you get in. This is not a problem for lecture classes. This is definitely a problem for the hands-on and live fire classes. It is almost impossible to get time with Craig “SouthNarc” Douglas unless you forgo everything else and camp out early, for example. I believe people were waiting an hour in advance last year. I showed up 30 minutes ahead of schedule to attend the low-light force on force + trauma medicine session last year.

I have a strong desire to see some of the instructors again. I am exceptionally fond of Greg Ellifritz, and after training with Craig Douglas last year I am looking forward to faking a handshake before shooting in on a single leg (Craig — if you’re reading this, I’m joking, please don’t kill me). I learned a lot from Caleb Causey, and while it wasn’t in the cards to get him out to Minnesota this year, I hope to train with him soon.

So, I have to be choosy, realistic, and sentimental about the classes I am going to attend. I realize this is an impossible situation. I won’t be able to attend every class I want, so backups are necessary.

Here are the schedule and the class descriptions (PDF).

Day 1

Block 1

Recoil Mitigation – Paul Sharp ; Managing the “Don’t Shoot” – Lindenman

Block 2

Managing the Entangled Fight – Cecil Burch (I am super excited about this class ; Cecil was really cool to me last year and has been kind enough to answer some questions for this blog) ; Lessons from Recent Trials – Massad Ayoob

Block 3

Violent Acts and Actors – William Aprill ; Gaming the Streets – Kulcsar

Block 4

Low Light Equipment – Tom Givens

Day 2

Block 1

Escaping Common Restraints – Greg Ellifritz (I am more interested in seeing Greg again, although I am sure this will be an insightful class about something I know nothing about) ; Defensive Carbine / Snap Shooting – Heame (the biggest reason this is my second choice is that it’s three and a half hours long and bleeds into other class times)

Block 2

Tactical Folding Knife Essentials – Fuller (although I consider my Clinch Pick my primary edged weapon, I still carry a ZT-350 assisted folder in my right pocket) ; Defining the Threat – Tom Givens

Block 3

I’m pretty much giving up on attending the Craig Douglas block at 1PM. I’d like to take Metro-Tactical from Thomas, but that would leave only 30 minutes for lunch. I’m unsure what I’m going to do here.

[Metro-Tactical – Thomas] or [Experimental Learning Lab – Craig Douglas ; Recoil Mitigation – Paul Sharp]

Block 4

If I take the Metro-Tactical class in Block 3, I will take Urban Insurgency – Topper. Otherwise, I will be done for the day

Day 3

Block 1

Tactical Medicine for the Armed Civilian – Caleb Causey (I expect this to be very popular due to the subject matter and because of Caleb. If I don’t get in, I will take the morning off and  come back for the next block)

Block 2

Active Shooters: An Overview – Tom Givens ; International Terrorist Operations – Holschen / Greco

Block 3

Urban Insurgency – Topper (if this class is full, we’ll hi the road)

As you can see, lots of variability there. The schedule is MUCH BETTER this year in regards to overlapping class times, but I still have to make difficult choices. The biggest sacrifice I may make is taking the Defensive Carbine / Snap Shooting class — that will torpedo two classes and make me miss the class with Greg. We’ll see.


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.

4 Comments on "Road to Rangemaster: Pre-Flight Planning"

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  1. Martin Luther says:

    Looks like some good classes. Are they still doing the tactical shooting match this year?

  2. Martin Luther says:

    While you are there at the conference you might have the she-shepherd check out Tiffany Johnsons carry rig: bellyband with kydex inserts. Might be a solution to the compression shorts reholstering dilemma.

  3. JG says:

    I see a couple classes about recoil mitigation. Could you please share some input after attending? I’d like see what kind of things they’re teaching and if it differs from what I practice

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