Train like you fight at 37 PSR Gun Club


From left to right, Rick, Frank, Beaux, me, and Destry.

Beaux, Rick, and myself spent a few hours with Frank McRae, lead instructor at 37 PSR Gun Club, focusing on minimizing risk in a worst case scenario of having to clear and search a house by yourself. There is no doubting Frank’s credentials and they are listed here.

I got turned onto PSR 37 Gun Club through shooting their match they call Friday Night Fights, which simulates clearing a house by yourself.

That is one of many matches they hold and the Friday Night Fights are a helluva lot of fun and great training. Destry Jones is the Range Officer and is an accomplished shooter. Though I took CQB classes in the Marine Corps I got out in 1996 and let me tell you, techniques have changed and improved since I got out. Destry will run through the house after your stage and point out what you did right and wrong. He also runs through the house after the match showing us how he would have shot the match, which also helps a tremendous amount.

With Desrty’s help I greatly improved and began climbing into the top five and even winning. With that in mind, I really needed to update my training so I scheduled a class for Beaux, Rick, and myself.


We met Frank at the PSR 37 shoot house and started out with Frank introducing the class, going over theory, and some shooting and moving basics.

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Frank took us through the shoot house with several types of rooms and hallways showing us different techniques that would minimize risk in a potentially dangerous situation.

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After that he would then demonstrate correct ways to enter and clear various rooms.

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Once he went over it several times, he observed us a few times and critiqued our style, offering advice and suggestions along the way.

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After we spent a few hours on those rooms and hallways we talked a little more about options, decisions, the law, and other good information for giving yourself the best chance to stay above ground in such situations.  Frank is an excellent instructor who has really been there and done that. Our time with him really helped bring our skill sets to another level. Now, techniques such as the ones Frank teaches cannot be mastered in merely one class so the drills and movements we worked on will require a lot of training and practice. Once I get comfortable with what I have learned, I will be attending further classes at 37 PSR Gun Club. The class was well worth the time. In my opinion anytime you can strengthen your survival skills, especially in this day and age, you should. In seeking out professional instruction be sure to research your instructor and class to be sure it is time and money well spent.

I want to thank In-Goo Kwak for hanging with us and getting some epic black and white photographs.







By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

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