Patriot Protection Grand Opening Part II

Posted: October 3, 2013 in Shooting, Vendor Reviews
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This is the second post in a two-part review of the Patriot Protection grand opening on Sept. 28, 2013.  In part I of the review, I provided a broad overview of Patriot Protection’s services and my general impressions of the business, which were quite positive.  In this post, I’ll take you on a brief visual tour through the facility.

After entering, we signed in and had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of classes.

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As usual, I didn’t win, but here is one of the happy winners.

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Patriot had the main classroom fully stocked with some pretty impressive food for visitors.

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A little rich for my taste, but I appreciated the free coffee 🙂  In addition to great food, the staff was very helpful answering questions and Tim Dodd did a great job providing me with detail on Patriot’s facility and services.

Next up was a demo of an introductory training session.  Visitors who wished to participate in or observe the demonstration were lined up outside the entrance to the training area and given an introduction to range rules and safety procedures.  At this point, the training area was designated as hot (red sign above the entrance) and the door was shut.  Access is controlled, so the instructor was required to enter the key code to access the training area.  Everyone passed through a metal detector, then went through a visual inspection and wanding to  ensure removal of anything even remotely resembling a weapon.  All gear not allowed in the training area is stored by Patriot personnel until the session is over.

Next, each person steps up to the counter to receive a firearm for the session, in this case a converted 9mm Glock in a paddle holster.

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A single mag. loaded with simunition was issued for this demo.

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After all participants received firearms and ammo, everyone proceeded to a section of the training area with static targets already attached to a wall.  At this point, the instructor gave an overview of the drill and additional safety instructions for all observers.

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After loading, all participants were instructed to assume a low-ready position before firing with strict admonition to keep the trigger finger outside the trigger guard.

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Next, the instructor issued a command to fire two shots into the target directly ahead of each participant.  At the end of each pair, all participants returned to the low-ready position.  This process was repeated several times, once with the variant that the first shot was directed at the target directly ahead and the second was directed at the target immediately to the right.

The simunition rounds have a discernable ‘bang’ but not enough that hearing protection is required.  Eyes, however, are absolutely necessary.  These rounds eject and are thrown back just like brass and they can be dangerous to observers not wearing eye protection and standing in the wrong position.

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After the drill completed, participants were instructed to re-holster.  The training area was declared cold and then everyone could move forward and check their targets.

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Upon completion of the exercise, everyone returned their firearms and empty mags, retrieved their stowed items, and then exited the training area.

If I had to describe the entire experience in one or two words, the first two that come to mind are polished and precise.  I think Patriot has a winner on their hands.

If you would like to view the entire photo collection, you can check it out on Flickr.  You may also contact Tim Dodd directly at tdodd [at] patriotprotection [dot] net.

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