The Gunsite Experience: “Dinner and a Show”

Professor, after that training and experience, are you going to be able to continue to wear bowties? 😉

Gun Culture 2.0

The sun has risen on the 5th and final day of the 250 Defensive Pistol course at Gunsite Academy, the original course at Gunsite designed and taught by founder Col. Jeff Cooper.

The 250 pistol course is now referred to as “The Gunsite Experience.” Perhaps it has always been that way, but today Gunsite is definitely a “destination” location for gun training. Several of the students I have spoken with said training at Gunsite was a “bucket list” item. People come here on “mancations” or “brocations” (though there are as many couples and families as there are “bros”).

Buzz Mills, the owner, and Ken Campbell, the chief operating officer, both realize this. As Campbell told me, “We want to give you dinner and a show.” This of course raises the specter of what some have criticized as “edu-trainment” — putting students through fun and exciting training experiences (e.g., shooting from…

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