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Sage Dynamics Defensive Rifle | Jon Dufresne AAR

CR | 6/27/2020-6/28/2020
Sage Dynamics Defensive Rifle | Jon Dufresne

WHO:
JON “MOCHABEAR” DUFRESNE taught my Defensive Rifle class for the last weekend of August 2020. When I was looking for someone to teach me how to step my carbine game up, I wanted someone with real world experience and John fit that bill through and through. But experience does not always translate into good instruction. So after watching many of his videos on Youtube and Instagram as well as talking to some of his former Alumni I felt very confident that John would be a great teacher. As it turns out John is an amazing teacher and taught our class of, wide range skill set, and improved all of us. He takes what is very technical data/bio mechanics and explains them in the most simple of terms in order for students to process the given information the fastest. My class ranged from SWAT officers to first time AR15 buyers and John was able to articulate and teach all of us to a high standard. So if you’re worried about this being your first class and being left behind, DON’T! This was my first class ever and I feel so stupid for waiting so long to even take a class.

WHAT:
So I showed up to this class with no idea what was about to happen or what to even expect. My biggest worry is that I would be judged for being a new-ish shooter and that I would feel slightly secluded from the rest of the students. Holy hell was I wrong! I have never met such an amazing group of people who acted like I’d just seen them yesterday. So if you’re a introvert and worried about that aspect, don’t be.
The class says you’re going to need 1000 rounds of rifle and 200 rounds of pistol ammo, DEFINITELY bring more if you can. The more rifle ammo you bring the better you’re going to get and you will get more out of the class as well. You will not be shooting cute little double or triple taps. You most certainly can get the class done and learn a lot with the 1000 rounds required, but the more you take the better off. Day one has some shooting and day two has a lot of shooting. I took 1200 rounds of 5.556mm and 200 rounds of 45acp, I burned through all of my 5.56 ammo and 100 rounds of 45 acp. I highly recommend you take 10 rifle magazines, 4 pistol magazines and have them loaded before you show up to class. Unless you can load magazines fast as hell, you’re just going back to your staging area and grabbing fresh mags. I spent my lunch break eating and loading magazines for the rest of the day. This allowed me to spend less time loading magazines and more time on the range learning. Bring everything that the class requires and even the optional stuff as well. You also need to show up with zeroed weapons, don’t waste everyone’s time by not having something that simple already done. You need to show up ready to put rounds on target. Also, HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!!!

DAY ONE:
So lets dive right into how the class actually went. First thing off in the morning John goes over the safety brief. Things like muzzle up, muzzle down, safeties always on unless you’re actively shooting at targets, who the primary medical professional is, range rules, angles of fire and general range safety. Of course on day one it POURED RAIN AND LIGHTING LIKE CRAZY, to the point of we had to wait out the lightning for an hour so we wouldn’t get struck. Once the lighting passed we went down range in the poring rain to hand targets and start the day. First thing we did was a cold drill and talked about how that went. After that we wen’t into holds at distances ranging from 7 yards to 25 yards. None of them where known distances so that made it a bit more challenging and realistic at the same time. After some time the rain had moved out of the area and we where able to hang fresh and dry targets. Once John had a dry surface to write on, he started writing all kinds of formulas and other things that we would use through out the day. Not only does John have real world experience, but he can demonstrate and articulate everything that he is teaching for us to learn. This guy is like a swiss army knife of training; he can explain everything for an idiot like me and do the drills while making them look as easy as walking. What a great teacher to have for my first training course! From there we moved into vitals and working a targets vitals from different angles as well. The famous Sage Dynamics 3D targets came out and we started turning them on angles to get an idea of where we should be shooting if someone isn’t facing you head on. Next was working in moving and shooting at the same time; forwards, backwards, side to side and at angles as well. This is all a build up for the final drill of day one, the Judgement Drill. I’m not going to get super deep into it so i don’t give it away, but ill give you enough to get you interested. So while one student faces away from the range, the rest of the class sets up targets in varying situations where you have to shoot the aggressors while not shooting the no shoots. This means complex angles, looking at the cardboard hands, moving around the range, getting good A zone and/or face hits and making sure you don’t over shoot the berm all while everyone else watches and judges you. At the end of the day we all circled up around John and did a mini After Action Report and he asked us some questions about how we felt the day went.

DAY TWO:
The second day started with a condensed version of the safety brief and some more rain as soon as we all showed up. Once the rain passed in like 20 mins we all headed back down range to hang targets and get the day started. First drill of the day, the Judgement Drill, no time to practice your holds or anything from the previous day. You’re hitting this drill cold and you better make it count because by now, we’re all shit talking each other and you better not hit a no shoot. Once that was over we did another cold drill at some random distance just to get our brains thinking about holds once again. Now that all we got ourselves warmed up and ready, we started the day hot and heavy. Drill after drill after drill, teaching moment after teaching moment and shot after shot for the entire day. Drills like the Xbox Drill, austere positions of all kinds, barriers, cadence drills involving the “Triple Titty”, multiple targets and the transitions and at the very end of the day you do the qualification drill. After all of its said and done, you once again head back to the staging area to download all your gear and gather around John for the final thoughts of the day. While you’re stowing all your gear and getting some water, John is still down range marking up targets for scores. We all school circle around John once again to talk about how the day went and give more information for him to better improve the classes for the future. Once all of that is done, its time to hand out the targets with final scores along with handing out the red sage dynamic patches with the hope that you did the best of the class and get the coveted Black Patch.

WHERE:
The class was held, don’t hold me to this because i am not 0 sure of this, at I believe a property owned by MTAC of Muncie, IN out in the countryside. The property is wide enough to mostly likely fit 12-15 students comfortably and also has very nice and high berms. We had a class of 6 students, so we had more than enough room to dodge puddles and mud holes for the duration of our class.
The property also has some pea stone for students to stand in at the 7 yard, 12 yard, 25 yard, 50 yard and 100 yard distances so that you don’t have to be crawling around in the mud if it rains on you like it did us. Just be sure to bring some PPE if you don’t want your hands, knees or elbows torn up from the gravel.
The only downside of the property is that there was not port a potty for us to use for our stay. So if you had to pee, you’re gonna pee in some weeds and if you gotta spray brown you’re probably gonna end up in the woods showing your ass and letting the skeeters get a taste. If you’re not comfortable with the breeze on the ole hams, then you can make like a 1.5 mile drive to a gas station to use their restroom. But you’re gonna spend time away from the range and learning, so take this into consideration.

WHO:
JON “MOCHABEAR” DUFRESNE taught my Defensive Rifle class for the last weekend of August 2020. When I was looking for someone to teach me how to step my carbine game up, I wanted someone with real world experience and John fit that bill through and through. But experience does not always translate into good instruction. So after watching many of his videos on Youtube and Instagram as well as talking to some of his former Alumni I felt very confident that John would be a great teacher. As it turns out John is an amazing teacher and taught our class of, wide range skill set, and improved all of us. He takes what is very technical data/bio mechanics and explains them in the most simple of terms in order for students to process the given information the fastest. My class ranged from SWAT officers to first time AR15 buyers and John was able to articulate and teach all of us to a high standard. So if you’re worried about this being your first class and being left behind, DON’T! This was my first class ever and I feel so stupid for waiting so long to even take a class.

WHAT:
So I showed up to this class with no idea what was about to happen or what to even expect. My biggest worry is that I would be judged for being a new-ish shooter and that I would feel slightly secluded from the rest of the students. Holy hell was I wrong! I have never met such an amazing group of people who acted like I’d just seen them yesterday. So if you’re a introvert and worried about that aspect, don’t be.
The class says you’re going to need 1000 rounds of rifle and 200 rounds of pistol ammo, DEFINITELY bring more if you can. The more rifle ammo you bring the better you’re going to get and you will get more out of the class as well. You will not be shooting cute little double or triple taps. You most certainly can get the class done and learn a lot with the 1000 rounds required, but the more you take the better off. Day one has some shooting and day two has a lot of shooting. I took 1200 rounds of 5.556mm and 200 rounds of 45acp, I burned through all of my 5.56 ammo and 100 rounds of 45 acp. I highly recommend you take 10 rifle magazines, 4 pistol magazines and have them loaded before you show up to class. Unless you can load magazines fast as hell, you’re just going back to your staging area and grabbing fresh mags. I spent my lunch break eating and loading magazines for the rest of the day. This allowed me to spend less time loading magazines and more time on the range learning. Bring everything that the class requires and even the optional stuff as well. You also need to show up with zeroed weapons, don’t waste everyone’s time by not having something that simple already done. You need to show up ready to put rounds on target. Also, HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!!!

DAY ONE:
So lets dive right into how the class actually went. First thing off in the morning John goes over the safety brief. Things like muzzle up, muzzle down, safeties always on unless you’re actively shooting at targets, who the primary medical professional is, range rules, angles of fire and general range safety. Of course on day one it POURED RAIN AND LIGHTING LIKE CRAZY, to the point of we had to wait out the lightning for an hour so we wouldn’t get struck. Once the lighting passed we went down range in the poring rain to hand targets and start the day. First thing we did was a cold drill and talked about how that went. After that we wen’t into holds at distances ranging from 7 yards to 25 yards. None of them where known distances so that made it a bit more challenging and realistic at the same time. After some time the rain had moved out of the area and we where able to hang fresh and dry targets. Once John had a dry surface to write on, he started writing all kinds of formulas and other things that we would use through out the day. Not only does John have real world experience, but he can demonstrate and articulate everything that he is teaching for us to learn. This guy is like a swiss army knife of training; he can explain everything for an idiot like me and do the drills while making them look as easy as walking. What a great teacher to have for my first training course! From there we moved into vitals and working a targets vitals from different angles as well. The famous Sage Dynamics 3D targets came out and we started turning them on angles to get an idea of where we should be shooting if someone isn’t facing you head on. Next was working in moving and shooting at the same time; forwards, backwards, side to side and at angles as well. This is all a build up for the final drill of day one, the Judgement Drill. I’m not going to get super deep into it so i don’t give it away, but ill give you enough to get you interested. So while one student faces away from the range, the rest of the class sets up targets in varying situations where you have to shoot the aggressors while not shooting the no shoots. This means complex angles, looking at the cardboard hands, moving around the range, getting good A zone and/or face hits and making sure you don’t over shoot the berm all while everyone else watches and judges you. At the end of the day we all circled up around John and did a mini After Action Report and he asked us some questions about how we felt the day went.

DAY TWO:
The second day started with a condensed version of the safety brief and some more rain as soon as we all showed up. Once the rain passed in like 20 mins we all headed back down range to hang targets and get the day started. First drill of the day, the Judgement Drill, no time to practice your holds or anything from the previous day. You’re hitting this drill cold and you better make it count because by now, we’re all shit talking each other and you better not hit a no shoot. Once that was over we did another cold drill at some random distance just to get our brains thinking about holds once again. Now that all we got ourselves warmed up and ready, we started the day hot and heavy. Drill after drill after drill, teaching moment after teaching moment and shot after shot for the entire day. Drills like the Xbox Drill, austere positions of all kinds, barriers, cadence drills involving the “Triple Titty”, multiple targets and the transitions and at the very end of the day you do the qualification drill. After all of its said and done, you once again head back to the staging area to download all your gear and gather around John for the final thoughts of the day. While you’re stowing all your gear and getting some water, John is still down range marking up targets for scores. We all school circle around John once again to talk about how the day went and give more information for him to better improve the classes for the future. Once all of that is done, its time to hand out the targets with final scores along with handing out the red sage dynamic patches with the hope that you did the best of the class and get the coveted Black Patch.

WHERE:
The class was held, don’t hold me to this because i am not 0 sure of this, at I believe a property owned by MTAC of Muncie, IN out in the countryside. The property is wide enough to mostly likely fit 12-15 students comfortably and also has very nice and high berms. We had a class of 6 students, so we had more than enough room to dodge puddles and mud holes for the duration of our class.
The property also has some pea stone for students to stand in at the 7 yard, 12 yard, 25 yard, 50 yard and 100 yard distances so that you don’t have to be crawling around in the mud if it rains on you like it did us. Just be sure to bring some PPE if you don’t want your hands, knees or elbows torn up from the gravel.
The only downside of the property is that there was not port a potty for us to use for our stay. So if you had to pee, you’re gonna pee in some weeds and if you gotta spray brown you’re probably gonna end up in the woods showing your ass and letting the skeeters get a taste. If you’re not comfortable with the breeze on the ole hams, then you can make like a 1.5 mile drive to a gas station to use their restroom. But you’re gonna spend time away from the range and learning, so take this into consideration.

SUMMARY:
I know I wrote a damn book for ya’ll to read and I do apologize for this. I tried to keep as short as i could without missing to much or just glossing over what we actually did for the 16 hours spent on the range.
TL;DR
Bring as much ammo as you can, drink as much water as you can while on the range, be ready to learn so much that your brain wants to pop, be ready to try all sorts of different things, you will be included no matter you’re skill level, John is the best teacher that you could hope for and most of all HAVE FUN!!!

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