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The safety briefing consisted of a review of the Four Basic Rules of Gun Safety:
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
- Never let the muzzle of a gun point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Be aware of your target and what's beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and have decided to fire.
During the safety brief, Erik also showed the class where a Gunshot Wound Kit was located, and stressed who would be the primary medical officer in case of an injury, who would transport the injured person, and the location of the nearest hospital. This is often an overlooked part of a safety briefing, but was sobering reminder that what we were about to do must be taken seriously.
"Eat Your Vegetables" The Basics
We had a variety of pistols represented at the course. The Instructors were using Smith & Wesson M&P's and a Glock. The students were armed with a Glock 19, EAA Witness, Kimber Pro Carry, Smith & Wesson Sigma, Springfield XD and a Walther PPK. All of the pistols were chambered in 9mm with the exception of the PPK being chambered in 380ACP. About halfway through the course we performed a 'Grab Bag' exercise in which you picked up each pistol and put three shots on steel. The exercise was then repeated with intentionally induced malfunctions to demonstrate that with even a basic knowledge of firearm operation you can pick-up any pistol and run it with success.
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About QSI and Erik Pakieser
Quorum Security Inc. was founded in Omaha, Nebraska in 1992 by Erik D. Pakieser, a police officer and US Army Veteran. In 1997, the company moved to Minnesota. Our instructors have provided professional firearms and tactical training to over 10,000 students, including military, law enforcement corrections, security personnel, private companies and armed citizens. We are dedicated to becoming the "go-to" firearms training organization in the Upper Midwest.
Erik has been working in public safety and law enforcement since 1988. His diverse background includes military police, law enforcement, corrections and professional security. His is a nationally recognized expert in counter-terrorism and has served on four different SWAT and tactical teams. In addition to his work with local, state, and federal law enforcement, Erik has also trained with private companies, including Israeli Instinctive Shooting International, Defense Training International and The Archangel Group. An 11-year veteran of the US Army and National Guard, Erik served in the 1989 Panama Invasion and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He is a Distinguished Life Member of the National Rifle Association.