What a great time! I've never been able to attend a Fun N Gun before, and had never done IDPA or anything like it before either so this was all new and fresh for me.
I do however have a couple of NRA credentials including RSO so of course OFCC put me to work as group leader for Group D, and I was assisted by my good friend and Gun Show partner Chris K. I couldn't have asked for a better group - they made it easy to run the scenarios, were very attentive to suggestions, and most importantly kept things safe! There was a mix of experience levels in my group from very novice, only have the basic CHL class and some practice on their own, up to some that were clearly much more experienced and used to running stages like this.
Fortunately there was enough time for everyone to be able to make multiple runs through each stage, and still enough time for Chris and me to get to shoot some as well. It was exciting to see the improvement people made as we progressed, though by the last stage of the day it was clear we were all starting to get a bit tired so marksmanship started to suffer - but, safety, tactics and how they approached the stage did not falter from what I could see.
The force-on-force stage was a lot of fun, and I thought very realistic. My wife and I survived the first scenario. It was clear to me that Jake was trouble and was getting aggressive so we decided it was time to exit, but before we were able to do so Jake pulled his gun on Chuck and I shot him twice - I just wish *Chuck* had given me a reason! Even though we survived, Jake and Chuck had some good suggestions on things we could have done better, and I really appreciated their feedback.
Unfortunately, we did not fare so well on the second scenario where we were seated in a disabled vehicle waiting for a tow. I completely blew situation awareness which pretty well spelled the end for us. I had never considered that situation before, and still don't know what the best way to have handled that scenario would have been even if I hadn't focused completely on Chuck and been aware of Jake's approach. I feel like I should have handled things differently from the very beginning, but not sure how.
Lunch was provided by the great folks at Rochester Gun Club, and they deserve our heartfelt thanks for hosting the event. I gave a brief talk after lunch on the pro-gun legislation currently pending in the OGA, and we also got to hear a bit more about HB 142 (repeal of mandatory notification) and a short Q&A session with Rep. Wiggam who was able to join us for part of the day.
I'm already looking forward to our next FNG!