The objective of Gamut Resolutions Introduction to Tactical Carbine and Pistol course is for the student to “gain a high level of confidence in the safe handling and operation of an AR-15 type rifle and pistol which will in turn show substantial improvement in accuracy and speed of target engagement.”
I took the course Saturday and Sunday along with six other students at a private range in Florida (We’ll have much more coming about this range complex in future stories).
Before I describe the course, some disclosures are needed.
Gamut Resolutions owner Bob Keller and I co-host the “Think, Aim, Fire” podcast together. Bob’s a personal friend. However, if you’ve ever listened to the podcast, you know we have no problem calling BS on things, including each other.
I’ve done some one-on-one training with Bob, and taken the incredible “Shoot and Save” course he puts on with the D-Dey Response Group, but until Saturday morning, I’d never taken his entire intro course — something he pointed out on the podcast.
The students were a good mix of age and experience, ranging from one who had never shot an AR before to a couple of very advanced guys — one a Marine Corps veteran and the other a longtime civilian shooter.
Everyone had a 9mm except me. I used my .45. Most of us, including myself, were using Bob’s signature rifle, which is made by Special Op’s Tactical.
Before I get to the review, it’s important to know a bit about the instructor.
Bob Keller served in a Ranger Battalion and in Special Forces before joining the Army’s most elite special operations unit, where he ran his own team.
Bob’s been deployed more than a dozen times and has been on more than a thousand missions, which included hundreds of gunfights. This is the basis of his instruction — actual gunfights, not textbooks. He teaches gunfighting. Every single drill is geared toward developing skills needed to win a gunfight.
The course objectives are:
General firearms safety
Verify safe, loading, unloading procedure, and proper clearing of weapons
Operation and manipulation of the AR-15 type rifle and pistol
Sights, zeroing considerations and techniques, slings, and equipment placement
Reloading and malfunction drills
Fundamentals of rifle and Pistol marksmanship
Multiple target engagements
Bob’s course requires what some may say is a high round count for an intro class: 900 rifle and 800 handgun. Actually, this says all you need to know about the course. There is a lot of shooting and no BS.
The only prerequisite is “a basic understanding of firearms safety and operation.”
The cost is $550, which included all range fees. I need to point out that my tuition was waived.
Training began each day at 9 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m, but we ran drills until 5:30 Sunday at the students’ request.
There are one-hour lunch breaks built into the course but, again at the students’ request, once we were done eating we all wanted to start shooting. Breaks were taken while plussing-up mags.
Students were required to bring the following:
Carbine with 3 magazines and sling
Optical sight for carbine (optional, but highly recommended)
Pistol with 3 magazines and holster
Belt, LBE or protective vest
Magazine pouches (pistol and rifle)
Knee and elbow pads (optional)
Weapon cleaning kit (with oil for carbine)
Eye and ear protection
Water/food (1hr lunch break)
Each day began with an incredibly thorough safety brief, which included the four rules of gun safety, what to tell 911 dispatchers to expedite an emergency response, contingency plans for both ground and air ambulances, and procedures that ranged from treatment of minor injuries to accidental shootings.
The hallmark of Bob’s classes is the ready-up drill — driving the carbine or handgun to the target as quickly as possible, and making surgically precise shots on 3-inch or 6-inch dots at various distances.
Accuracy was paramount.
There were no ninja rolls or YouTube-inspired crap here. This course teaches the skills needed to win a gunfight. It’s all about mastery of the fundamentals.
The atmosphere of the entire course is very relaxed. There’s no belittling or yelling at students. Bob walked the line throughout the drills, offering tips and corrections when needed in a pleasant, matter-of-fact manner.
And here’s the secret — he doesn’t miss a thing.
Too slow on the reset? He’ll let you know.
Bad grip on the handgun during a draw? He’ll let you know.
Nothing escapes his eye, and believe me I tried.
It is this attention to detail and personal coaching that separates him from any other instructor.
There were a few real-world examples of why a particular skill was important — I hesitate to call them war stories — juxtaposed with the instruction, which emphasized how the skills helped in a gunfight.
Drills were run on both paper and steel. They were smart not flashy, well conceived and required students to use all of the skills taught previously that day.
Each day began and ended with slow, aimed fire at the dots.
The skill progression was subtle but dramatic.
My shooting improved, as did everyone’s.
First, it’s not really fair to call this an “intro” course. It’s more of an advanced gunfighting course: Step One.
The course is fun — a lot of fun.
Bob’s more of a coach than an instructor. The one-on-one tips he gave me were all very legit and improved my shooting.
All of the students said they plan to take the intro course regularly. Several already had. I definitely will.
In my humble opinion, Gamut Resolutions offers the best training available — by far the best I’ve ever received.
If you’re looking to become a better gunfighter regardless of your skill level, give Bob a call.