2011 is done, and it was an exciting year for pistol-training.com.
The website had over 1.8 million visits in 2011, bringing the site’s total visits above 3.5 million since it began back in 2007. Almost 4,000 comments were left over the course of the year.
Thanks to the tireless effort of some incredible friends, we launched pistol-forum.com. We’re still tiny compared to some of the giants of the gun-forum universe, but in less than a year it has grown to over 2,000 members and established itself as one of the premiere spots on the internet for professional, technical discussion of handgun-related issues. I know I speak for everyone on the forum staff when I say thank you to all of the members who have participated and made PF exactly what we want a forum to be.
From a teaching standpoint, this was the first year I had to operate under the total blackout/ban from M4Carbine.net, which is one of the biggest and most popular forums among students and potential students. Last year they deleted my account and then all of the class reviews (AARs) that had been written by students over three years. For 2011, they’ve deleted any pistol-training.com class announcements or AARs that get posted. There was a real question as to whether a training business like mine — which had essentially come to life at M4C back in 2008 and never would have existed without M4C — could survive without that valuable resource.
Luckily, 2011 proved to be my busiest year yet in terms of teaching. I taught more than 20 classes, almost all of them sold out. In a year when many well known instructors were curtailing their training, canceling classes, or being forced to teach small classes of just 3-4 students, PTC classes kept me plenty busy. To all the folks who came back for another class in 2011, and all the students who came to their first PTC class, thank you all!
Along similar lines, 2011 proved to be a great harbinger for the New Year. There are already seventeen classes scheduled for 2012 in twelve different states. Some are already sold out! There will be two new classes added to the pistol-training.com lineup: Aim Fast Hit Small (aka “AFHF-2″) which will be taught in three venues and Concealed Carry Skills which will get a test run late 2012.
The 2011 endurance test certainly got off to a very rocky start. Someone even went so far as to accuse me of faking it all as a publicity stunt! But as the year went on and others suffered from the same issues, PTC found itself at the vanguard of the Glock gen4 problem. As 2012 begins, we’ll see if the fixes to the recoil assembly, ejector, and extractor have been enough to get the gen4 9mm Glocks out of the doghouse. The endurance test gun, at least, continues to run well and is with me every day.
Tom Jones and I announced the Gadget here and at pistol-forum.com, and then promptly fired over 50,000 rounds through prototypes. It’s been incredible watching an idea become an actual manmade piece of equipment that works exactly the way it was intended. All hail Tom!
To everyone who has helped make pistol-training.com a success, thank you! Happy New Year to everyone!