After that forming AFHF class, Jack continued to train the Royal Marines and Royal Army on behalf of the US Marines, giving them the benefit of his combat proven small expertise. Then he took a Marine infantry platoon to Afghanistan. Once he got back from his second combat tour, this Bronze Star caught up with him.
Jack is now out of the Marine Corps and currently running a business with another US Marine, running open enrollment pistol and carbine training classes. His classes are neither basic nor advanced but practical. As defined as taking you and your weapon of choice to your practical limits in accuracy and speed. This may confound those that pride themselves on taking "advanced" classes but speaking as the graduate of multiple advanced courses; fear not, this training will challenge you. It pushed my accuracy and speed and my endurance.
The F2S Practical Carbine class I attended was on February 25-26th in Highview, West Virginia. The range was simply outstanding. Steel targets and even old cars were placed as targets from 150 to 300 yards. Remote and in beautiful country, the range did not disappoint.
The first day was.....cold. The temperature never got above 30 degrees. Snow fell constantly and the wind never seems to stop blowing. The layers started accumulating on the students and speaking for myself as I've learned the hard way in the Corps, environmental factors change.....everything. Weapons manipulations, rate at which one grasped the knowledge the instructor presented, everything is changed. My fellow students were a solid mix of active duty military, competitive shooter, government employee, full time law enforcement officer, and armed citizen. Rifles were uniformly AR15s of varying configurations with the exception of one 5.56mm FN SCAR which performed flawlessly and was ran in an admirable manner by its owner.
Snap the barrel up. Drive the rifle. Don't swing it up into your focus; SNAP it up. Force your grip and thumb up against your deployed front sight for an index point. Push with your support hand, pull with your strong hand, and stretch that rifle into a proper grip and stance.
We then moved onto barricade shooting. However, this was barricade shooting at steel at distance. In other words, you couldn't move to the next barricade until you had rang steel at over 150 meters. More of that performance on demand thing we had been being held accountable to for the past two days....
After the barricades, we moved back into a redux of our initial performance testing to track our improvements. My own personal performance at speed improved significantly but my long distance shooting suffered from me having switched rifles and not having my secondary rifle completely zeroed for 100 meters.
As darkness fell, our performance tests finished up, and our class certificates were handed out. No emailed certificates for F2S Consulting, these certificates were professionally done. Which leads me to another aspect of training with F2S Consulting: logistics. Everything from directions to the class to Sharpie makers and tape for the targets to on the spot armorer support was there and done before the students knew they needed it. To put it simply, invisible support is good support. No one waited on broken targets, staplers, or even a new buffer spring.
On TD2, we had an observer show up. Author Stephen Gustav of the book the "Veil War" showed up to grill the instructor cadre's brains on Marine combat veterans and their experiences in Iraq. He ended up staying all day, taking copious notes, and asking pointed, thoughtful questions. It was good to seen an author show up and learn from those that had been there and done that. I believe Stephen will be at an F2S class as a student in the very near future.....
The atmosphere throughout the course was one of professional, genial enthusiastic training. The instructor to student ratio was carefully monitored with a 1-6 ratio maintained. One didn't feel less for not having been in the military or certain military units; the instructors were always willing to stay late and work with the students on anything the students wanted to perfect, and the hard won lessons of combat were translated smoothly into better shooting techniques and habits for military, law enforcement, private contractor, and armed civilian alike. This is a class for someone wanting to be pushed out of their rut; not for a shooter that wants to shoot a few targets with friends and swap stories. I have never been pushed so hard in a carbine training class before and I think that statement sends the right message to the right people. I'll be at another class by F2S Consulting later this year. See you there.
Update: Chris Rhines of the Way of the Multigun posted his AAR here.