Posts Tagged ‘Safety Solutions Academy’

I know, I know. I have been MIA for about a month. Trust me I have a good excuse. I have been busy, extremely busy. I am currently sitting in a hotel in Warren Ohio rehydrating from a long hot day on the range participating in a Critical Defensive Handgun course put on by Safety Solutions Academy. Two weeks before this I was rolling around in the red Missouri dirt with Defensive Engagement Concepts in their Tac 2 pistol. I have taken tons of notes and have a lot of new concepts to use for topics later on. Obviously I will be doing an after action report for these classes as soon as I can get a breather. Unfortunately for the blog and my readers I will be back in a 3 day course in a little over a week then back to being the instructor instead of the student.

Long story short I am still alive and I have lived on a range nearly every weekend…. AND I LOVE IT. I am gaining more stuff to bring to the blog and to Valkyrie Defense Group. I am going to try to focus a little more on getting content out because we have picked up a few more readers from a lot of the VDG classes and I know they would like to hear more from me. (They told me.)

I hope you all have gotten out and got your fingers on some triggers and used the time you spend on the range effectively.

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Finally I think my brain has recovered from the 20+ hours I spent in the classroom over the weekend enough for me to sit down and really put some thoughts out there for my readers. If you notice I didn’t put review in the title. I don’t think a review would do this class justice. That would be like me saying I want to write a review for my first time skydiving. It is an experience. I can describe it to you and give you brief points about it here and there but I believe everyone’s experience leaving a MAG-20 will be different which is why I will only give you my final thoughts on it. That may sound strange for most people but until you take the class you won’t truly understand.

The class was held in Twinsburg Ohio and was hosted by Paul Carlson and Safety Solutions Academy. The class was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in one of their conference rooms. It was very convenient to come right down from the room and not have to go anywhere plus the staff kept the coffee, tea, water, and Chex Mix coming.  For this type of class it was a great fit. The conference room was the perfect size to host 22 students and all the audio video equipment. We had a little problem with a DVD player at the end of day one but Paul sorted it out and everything was ready to go by the second day. (By the way keep your eyes on the Safety Solutions Podcast for a post class interview between Paul and Mas)

After we got settled in on Friday I posted up a little info on the Citizen’s Rules of Engagement class so you can check out the links there. Class started at 8:30 on the dot Saturday with a brand new ball point pen and from that moment on it was massive amounts of knowledge being tossed into your face. The weekend ended with a dead ball point pen and 38 pages of hand written notes. The amount of information was amazing.

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Class photo from the last day

Now I know you are sitting there wanting me to start into what information was covered and give a good outline of the class. As I started todays post I said this is an experience and everyone gets something different out of it. I walked away from this class realizing that everyone that takes carrying a gun seriously needs to take this class for the simple fact that nobody teaches every stage of an encounter as well Massad Ayoob.

Let’s think about the three sides of an armed encounter real quick. First you have the pre event, the moments leading up to the fight of your life. Next is the fight. Finally we have the post encounter. The MAG-20 class covers all three stages of the event in serious depth. You might survive the encounter only to loose your life in court afterwards because you were sufficiently prepared to handle the aftermath. So many people out there teach for the events leading up and even more teach the how to fight portion, but nobody teaches the after the shoot like Mas.

Obviously there are aspects of the class that are respectfully asked to keep off the internet and I will not be the one to break that trust. I will say for those who are planning on taking a MAG-20 that I felt very prepared from reading some of Massad’s books. One of the most beneficial ones in my opinion was “In the Gravest Extreme”  which is a relatively short read with a ton of information.

Again I think that everyone serious about carrying a gun in self-defense needs to take this class. This class packs so much information into the 20 hours that it feels like you are drinking from a fire hose. The one surprising thing I walked away with is looking at the value of life in a new whole new light. I realized that often when you are busy looking for bad things you sometimes miss the good things in life. I realized also why I carry a gun everyday. The gun isn’t just for me, it is for everyone that depends on me. I owe it to my family to be here for them. I’m no good to them if I am a fancy box six feet under the ground. I am also not any good if I’m in a jail cell because I didn’t know how to properly handle the aftermath of defending my life. That reason is exactly why I feel this class was worth every cent and that everyone who carries a gun needs to take this class.

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(From left to right) Paul, Jason, Brian, Massad

Head over to the Facebook page and give it a like. While you are there make sure you swing by Valkyrie Defense Group and like that page also. We are getting our warm weather class schedule sorted out and dates are going quickly so if you are planning on jumping into one of our Concealed Handgun classes or one of our advanced pistol classes get with us and find out what dates we have open.

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Massad Ayoob has taught and instructed firearms and self-defense longer then I have been alive so when I heard he was being hosted by Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio I jumped at the chance.

Paul Carlson said it best how he describes the class.

“The class is a 20 hour immersion course that will help you, the law abiding armed citizen, understand and apply the legal issues, tactical issues and aftermath management of a self-defense scenario where you are forced to use lethal force in defense of your self or others.”

After you use the gun to defend you life is the wrong time to start thinking about what to do next. Everyone that I have heard that took the class has said it has changed the way they looked at carrying a gun. I am eager to bring back my take on the class over then next few days. I am expecting to be running on fumes by Sunday but I plan on putting updates onto the Facebook page throughout the weekend so if you haven’t liked it make sure you do so to keep up on what direction the discussion is going.

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This week so far I have been trying to make it home and thawed out in time to get something of relevance out but have been coming up short. Every night I have started a post and pitched it before it was done. I think the cold has been destroying my creative side.

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I work outside and the last couple days have really reminded me what cold temps will do to the body. Since I work out in the weather all year round, I am looked at funny a lot because I rarely wear anything more than a light jacket in the winter. Standing outside in -20° temps for long periods of time will change a man apparently. But those who aren’t as acclimated to the weather as I am can learn a thing or two from a podcast I listened to a few years ago from Paul Carlson on the Safety Solutions Academy Podcast. Paul goes into detail about how to dress for winter and the science behind it. If you don’t have time to listen to it he has the written outline of the show in the show notes below.

I have also been pretty busy prepping for Valkyrie Defense Group Concealed Handgun classes that are coming up. We are booked through mid February so if you are in Ohio and need to take your class we would love to have you.  You can contact us on our Facebook page. If you are want us to come to you when the weather breaks, get with us soon. The way our schedule looks with the cold weather here we are going to be a busy bunch when warmer weather comes so book your dates now. This weekend we will have one of our biggest classes yet and I will be sure to get some photos to share.

Speaking of VDG, I have also been busy ironing out the details on some new swag items. By the end of the week we will have shirts available at classes and upon request. I have a sample of window decals and another sampling of hats coming too. Patches are in the works, but my vendor fell through. So now I am stuck without a vendor so if anyone has a good patch maker please get with me. Send me a pm on Facebook or an email from here.

I am still working on those projects I hinted to last week and they are coming along great. I am waiting on some photos to come back so I can finish up one this week or next. The other is going to depend on the time it takes to get some parts in from a manufacturer so it is up to them on when it will be finished.

Again sorry for the slow down. It seems I put a good week of posts out then get hammered with other stuff and can’t bring you all decent content. I feel it is better to skip a day or two than to put out mediocre material. If you think differently feel free to let me know. And if you have a subject or question that you want touched on let me know. Be sure to hit up the Facebook and like the page if you haven’t already. Last but not least–stay warm out there!

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Reel feel -29!!!!

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