Just returned from six days of training in Tenn at TACTICAL RESPONSE. i took my steyr as my main pistol and a Glock 17 as the back-up. Dut to my prior training with a graduate teacher from the school, I was able to get into the advanced pistol class. After arriving I wished I had taken the pistol 1 class first. Everyone, no matter what your experience is supposed to take the pistol 1 class before the advanced class. This includes special forces as well as SWAT and law enforcement. We had a SF in the P-1 and advanced class and he could shoot !!!! But his tactical knowledge was not up the standards of the training which I thought was interesting. The weekend was an Alumni weekend where we were given free training and the opportunity to shoot a Barrett 50cal........WOW!!!!! If you havent shot one of these don't pass on the opportunity. We shot at a mere 500yards which was a piece of cake for the 50. Recoil was moderate, like shooting a 308. Monday and Tuesday was Basic Fighting Rifle class (AR's and AK's) and that is where I learned the most since I haven't done much with the AR I've had in my safe for ten years. I learned to set it up correctly and operate it for my left handedness. We ran rifle/pistol transitions, correct and safe handling and movement. The second day we did team tactics and communication similar to a SWAT team would do. This re-enforced the safe movement with the rifle as well as cover/concealment, marksmenship, and communication. We had one sherriff in this class from Oklahoma. Cool dude, and already well trained. He was moving on to the Rifle 2 class that I did not feel was important for my needs. That class was mostly SWAT tactics and team drills. I used an OLYMPIC ARMS pre-ban AR with a Colt barrel and ACOG 2x triangle sights. I rebuilt this gun completely so I was very happy that it ran superbly. It is a basic, no frills set-up, less to go wrong. The ACOG was good but I would highly recommend the EOTECH sites instead. They worked the best and had very good quick acquisition of target. Now for the Steyr end of the post. I used the Steyr M9 for this class and have to say it performed superby (can't spell). I was the only Steyr in the class dominated by Glocks, a couple of Sigs and an XD or two, also one HK45. Throughout the class which consisted of safe handling, one handed and off hand malfunction clearing drills, all types of pistols failed except the HK and the Steyr. The Sig was the worst and went down and stayed down until the SF (special forces) cleaned it up a bit. Glocks went down temporarily but were fast to recover. XD's have a reputation for going down and when it did many in the class expected it. We did some really interesting things in this class that I am sworn to secracy, but let it be said this school is not a "Dude Ranch" for soft gun guys. These guys have been contractors in Iraq and give you the training and experience that takes you out of your comfort level and into the sweaty palms zone.........The last drill for the advanced class was shooting 25, 50, and 100 yards on steel. This was interesting and a relaxing end to a two day shoot. This is the only time my Steyr jammed due to the instructors having me pull the trigger differently for the long distance portion. I hit the 100 yard plate on the second shot..... :wink: Overall the only problem I personally had was the sites. Picking up targets quickly with the small triangle was a problem for me, and I will be replacing these with something else. On the Rifle class I used the Glock 17 with XS Big Dot sites and found them to be excellent with quick acquisition of target. Of course the Glock didn't burp a bit, and I know that my maintainence routine of all my guns kept them in the fight 99.99 % of the time. Overall, the expereince was awesome. This is not a "shooting" school, this is a "fighting" school. What you learn here is to fight, not just stand and shoot. There are other classes offered here from medical training to contractor training, force on force, shotgun, and long range rifle. If you have the inclination to want to learn the best, most effective training that will take you out of your comfort zone and save your life, this is one of the schools that will teach you those skills. http://www.tacticalresponse.com will get you there.