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Old 04-16-2017, 09:42 PM
epb1265 epb1265 is offline
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Upcoming Gunsite 250 Class

I'm heading to the Gunsite 250 class in July. In reviewing the various threads on the class in this forum, and elsewhere, I didn't see much in terms of what gear people brought beyond the items required according to the Gunsite webpage.

So, for those of you who have been to this class or other similar class...what piece of gear did you regret not bringing with you? What piece of gear or equipment will you bring with you next time you attend similar training?
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:49 PM
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Cooling towels of some sort.
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Old 04-17-2017, 08:26 AM
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Don't forget your flashlight. A simple on/off model.
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Old 04-17-2017, 08:59 AM
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Bring a 1911 magazine cleaning brush.

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Old 04-17-2017, 06:18 PM
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*Hat that covers your neck
*Long-sleeve shirts
*Plenty of magazines
*Cleaning kit
*Several mag pouches
*Wet, cooling towels
*Light jacket when night shooting
*Bottle of Tough Skin for the web of your hand, or light gloves
*Plenty of room on your CC to buy stuff in the Pro Shop
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:24 PM
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I was there this past May, and really if you go by their list, you are all set. I did not feel that I needed anything else, other then extra cash for the Pro Shop.
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Old 05-01-2017, 03:34 PM
roaniecowpony roaniecowpony is offline
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Magazine loader to save your thumbs the pain.
Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:51 PM
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Band-aids. Lots of band-aids.

I actually have two 499 certificates- one of them is the normal graduation document, the other, provided by the instructors, is covered in fake blood and bandaids.

It seems I might be the only 499 class shoot-off winner with permanent slide scars on the draw hand- from a full custom 1911- things started ugly and just got more gory as the week went on...
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Old 05-02-2017, 02:21 AM
Taylor Taylor is offline
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I did my 250 in July. Use what you carry , use you usual carry gear. It is not a competition and you are only working to improve yourself.

Bring something to help handle the sun and heat. Even being the last week of July it was not as bad as most of the summer in Kentucky. It is a dry heat but it is still hot. Brimmed hat , sunscreen , plenty to drink.

2nd gun identical to your primary if you have one. As mentioned their suggested list covers things pretty well.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:20 PM
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Thanks folks, got some good ideas from your insights.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:25 PM
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Comfortable Footwear and a pair of socks to change midway through the day. You are on your feet A LOT! and your feet will thank you at the end of day for keeping them dry.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:40 AM
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Most of all, have fun. It will be the best investment you will make to improve your skills. And, you will want to go back. Don't wait as long I did though. I was there in 2004 and my son and I went for two weeks last year. Enjoy the Gunsite experience.
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