I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend a number of Gunsite classes over the years, including pistol, shotgun, carbine, and other specialty classes. Without exception, the training I've received has been excellent. Unfortunately, violence on the streets has little to do with the "square range". How will a violent encounter present itself? Do you have the situational awareness to recognize it as it develops? Can you avoid? Escape? Diffuse? Do you have a "less-than-lethal" response? If you must shoot, it won't be from a prepared stance at a target on the range. It will most likely be quick and close, with innocent bystanders nearby. How will you avoid being misidentified as the aggressor? How will you interface with law enforcement after the fact? Can you administer basic trauma first aid? The answer, and much more, is B.R.A.V.E.! Taught by Bob Whaley, Jay Tuttle, and Steve Hendricks, I received the benefit of three lifetimes worth of experience dealing with the worst behavior exhibited by man. Take the time to read their instructor bios. Truly humbling. Completion of this course was the difference between carrying concealed with a vague unease, and moving through challenging situations with quiet confidence. This was my PHD in armed self-defense. B.R.A.V.E. 2 was even better! Highest recommendation.
Watson Tranter, Ballistic Response Against Violent Encounters 2, August 19/2019, Gunsite, Paulden, AZ