This August's LFI-III class had many of the LFI-IV charter graduates teaching along with Mas Ayoob and Ricky Devoid. Join them and see for yourself what the class is like.

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Disarming technique
Here Greg Korduba, an LFI-IV graduate demonstrates a disarming technique to the LFI-III class. With 21 graduates of LFI-IV in the United States, other LFI classes benefit from their experience and teaching methods. Most LFI-IV graduates are self-defense, Kubaton, weapon retention and firearms instructors.

The lesson continues
The effectiveness of the technique is quickly shown. Students take notes before they try it themselves. This gives them the reminders they need after the class to practice the disarming technique.

A disarm from behind
When accosted from behind with a firearm, you first must determine which hand is holding the gun. After that determination, Greg shows the class how to finish the technique.

The disarm completed
Within a split second, Greg spins and takes control of the situation, disarming his attacker. This is a technique that you should use only if you feel your attacker is going to kill you. If you think you'll only be robbed, then by all means, hand over your wallet!

The class tries the technique for themselves
After watching the technique demonstrating the class starts training.

Mark Mrozek of Sentry Solutions addresses the class
Mark Mrozek explains the benefits of his dry lubrication system. This product comes highly recommended by Tarnhelm Supply, and we offer a complete treatment of your gun as one of our gun smithing services.

Mark takes questions from the class
As Mark answers questions, we discover that a returning LFI-II graduate, now taking the LFI-III class, had his gun treated a year ago. He testifies as to the effectiveness of the dry lubrication system and had nothing but praise for the products.

Ken D'Amato, LFI-IV graduate explains technique to the class
Ken D'Amato prepares the class for the next lesson. As an LFI-IV graduate, you are certified as a police instructor, trained as a weapon retention instructor as well as a Kubaton/Persuader instructor. Ken teaches firearms self-defense courses in Connecticut.

Students come from all walks of life
Ken explains the "Outer Limits", a course of fire developed for LFI-IV. These students have already qualified as LFI-III graduates. Now they learn how the LFI-IV qualification is done. As Ken continues his explanations, it struck me how varied the students' backgrounds are. Ken is a well-respected lawyer, and the individuals shown include an economist, a medic from the Special Forces, a webmaster from Kodak, and a retiree. No matter the backgrounds, the common interest of practicing fine shooting leads the class to develop a very special bond.

The "Outer Limits"
One by one, the students will fire the different stages of the LFI-I qualification while staff times them and records their best shooting.

How hard does it get?
Rather than have a set time in which to shoot, the idea is to shoot as fast as you possibly can AND hit the target.

The pressure is on!
You not only have to score well, but the object is to shoot as many times as standard speed that is possible without missing.

The standard course of fire at the various positions and distances is a total of 206 seconds. A qualifying score is 75% of a perfect score. For autopistols, a total of 60 shots times 5 points gives a possible high score of 300. Therefore, 225 is the cut-off score that you need to qualify.

Shoot a score of 230 in 41 seconds, and you've done remarkably well. It means you've qualified in one fifth of the standard time, or 5 times as fast as the course of fire for LFI-I. Shoot too fast, and you won't qualify. You may decide to take your time and get a good score, but will you shoot at least 4 times as fast as the standard time? In LFI-IV, most tried for at least 4 times as fast. You control your objective. You plan how to succeed.

The class prepares for some shotgun work
Different courses of fire and qualifications for shotgun are explained to the class and the students wait for the order to load.

Students load and remember all the safety rules and instructions given.

There's money on the line
To make things interesting, every one kicks in a dollar, with the pot going to the high scorer.

Different shooting positions
Shooters drop to one knee to continue with the exercise.

Elbows up!
When shooting shotgun, it's important to keep good form so that you can control such a powerful weapon well.

Shooting from behind barricades
The course of fire continues further back, and from behind barricades.

Checking the shots
Shots are checked as the line finishes shooting this round of fire.

Show me the money!
Here the last segment of the shotgun shooting entails shooting from the barricades in different positions. Leo A. (Tony) Servello, in the green t-shirt, shows an aggressive stance. Says Tony, "Winning isn't everything, but losing sucks!" Other students shown also had impressive scores.

Ricky Devoid, Senior LFI Instructor
A short moment of relaxation for Ricky, while the students drink water. In the summer heat, students are reminded frequently to keep drinking water.

Back to shotgun work!
Students return to the line to continue shooting shotgun. Qualifications include one from the FBI, and another from The NH Standards and Training, a police course of fire.

Many LFI-IV graduates taught with Massad and Ricky in this LFI-III class. In addition to Greg Korduba and Ken D'Amato, the class had the benefit of Gail Devoid, Tony Semone, and Lee Winter. Leah Garlichs appeared briefly, and Mike Izumi addressed the class via videotape (humorously). As LFI-IV is designed to make teachers of the students in the class, these LFI students got an inkling of what the next course entailed. Life after LFI-IV is never the same! Join us soon for the next LFI class!

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