Modern Samurai Project

Marine Captain Matt Wicks:

I would categorize myself as a novice handgun shooter; I’ve been shooting recreationally for many years but without attending any formal training outside what was required for work. Because of this, I was able to do reasonably well throughout my career at the pistol range, but never turned in any targets which would be very impressive; just average scores.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking… Military handgun training and the required annual qualification standards, except for SOF and a few other smaller population occupational specialties, are at a much lower standard than what would be expected at a level 2 open enrollment training course. I knew this also, which is why I wasn’t satisfied stagnating as an average shooter.

In trying to learn how to get better, one of the people I met was Scott Jedlinski. I’ve known Scott for a few years now and during that time we’ve been students in one class together, I’ve attended one of his classes as a student, and we have spent some time at the range and he provided some coaching. From just those three in-person interactions with Scott I have taken away so much great info and have improved enough to the point where my near-term goal is to shoot a perfect score on my service’s annual pistol qualification.

After today’s range trip I left having only been down 5% from a perfect score, I believe that will be easily achievable. I’m mostly writing this to let everyone know that Scott is a great teacher and you can pick up a lot of good advice which will help you improve, but I also wanted to mention that all of my shooting in the past two years has been done with a RDS equipped Glock 19. When transitioning to the stock Glock 19s with iron sights only that I am shooting with at work, I see no degradation in performance. Is that because I’m improving overall thanks to the coaching? Probably. But I also believe that practice with an RDS equipped handgun, especially dry-fire, has helped me to be able to more easily identify errors and self-correct due to the very apparent feedback given from the dot. Much of which is subtle and almost imperceptible with iron sights only unless you are already an above average shooter.

Scott’s red dots on handguns class helps with analyzing dot feedback and providing ways to improve performance, but what isn’t advertised as well is that his class is just as much about efficiency and economy of motion as it is about learning how to get the most out of your sighting system. Being able to turn out the same or better results on target in less time is something that I and many others in the class did following Scott’s instruction. I’m not going to be a USPSA GM, but I’m also not struggling to turn in average scores on the pistol range anymore. If you identify with any of what I’ve written, then seek out training with Scott. 

JIm Dexter, Lisle, Ill. PD/SWAT - Jedi is as good of a person as he is a shooter. From the moment that you start to train with him you can tell that he truly has an interest in making you better. I say "train" but he really is more of a coach. Telling you not only what to do but why to do it and how it fits in with everything else. I came in with a list of things that it was time to work on, I shoot more than the average guy and think it's important to get outside eyes as much as possible to get better and I'm glad I chose to spend time with the modern samurai project. And get better I did. I went from a 1.34 second concealed AIWB draw to first hit to hitting a .99 and .97. I was hitting 25 yard heads shots from concealment in less than 2 seconds. These are feats that I could have never accomplished on my own, my mind/skill set simply couldn't push itself there. Some tweaking of grip, some economy of motion, little this, little that, a few knowledge bombs, and boom everything that I came in to work on was addressed. I not only walked away better but with a plan to continue to stay that way and not just a "there you did it, you're done now". I would highly suggest taking some time with Jedi, Im glad I did and I certainly will again in the future.

Corey Gumbert, Pentagon ERT, Sniper - Jedi, just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for taking the time to do the train up on the RMR for my team! We got a lot out of your class and look forward to getting out with you for additional training again soon! 
I highly recommend taking a class with Jedi disappoint he will not!

Ted Thomas — As a former Navy SEAL I am always looking for ways to improve and keep current my shooting abilities as it is perishable skill. Scott worked with me and helped recognize and correct some "training scars" and truly got me dialed in. 

He is a consummate professional on every level, whether it be his professional life or recreation. I would stand behind his abilities any day and I look forward to more time on the range with him.Type your paragraph here.

Matthew J Morris — Scott is a thoughtful instructor with real-world, common sense application. If you are looking for a balanced instructor, who bases their approach on a lifelong pursuit of learning and wisdom rather than nifty Internet trends, then Scott is worthy of your time and money.

Chris Merritt — As a strength and conditioning coach with over a decade of coaching experience, I know a good teacher when I see one! Scott has a teaching style that creates context for the individual. Rather than spout off what I needed to do, he took his time relating it to what I do on a daily basis, painting a picture with his words that made his desired outcome(s) very clear. And to top it all off, I had a blast (pun intended!). Highly recommend, regardless of what level of experience you have with firearms.

Bryan Carter - Scott is a straight up great guy and absolute professional. Have had the pleasure of training and learning from him and cant wait for more sessions. You want no nonsense firearm safety/training or real world self defense techniques, give Scott a shout! - Brian

Clarence Bañez — Scott is a good friend of mine and we were always range buddies. But I knew I could count on him due to the fact that he has sent an enormous amount of rounds down range. In short... The man can shoot although he remains extremely humble about it. So he knows what he is doing. He got me squared away and pinpointed weaknesses in my pistol fundamentals that I would not have seen without having him tutor me. Hit him up. You'll learn boat loads.

Eddie L Mason — Scott is a tremendous man committed to excellence in all he does in life and in business. Honor and respect! - Coach Eddie Mason

Bryan Logsden - 6 years Navy MP. 3 Years Army 19-D Cavalry Scout. Self Defense Instructor, I thought I knew a lot about shooting. . . Until Scott Jedlinski took me through a course. I was humbled by his knowledge and abilities. If you're on the fence about this at all, just reach out and connect with Scott. He's down to earth and awesome! Thanks Jedi

Nicole B. - Fun day shooting today. Got to work with Scott on alot of my problems. I have to take a second to brag since he was freaking awesome. He helped not only diagnose a bunch of the issues, but correct them there on the range. I no longer push it left! I think when training and working with people, it's important to be able to come away from the experience feeling confident and happy, not frustrated or mad. I was super nervous about shooting with him, but that went away quick. I left the range knowing what to work on and how to at home. I've been shooting with other "instructors" a few times and in all those times have I only once walked away feeling confident. Yeah, I dropped a few shots but it happens. Scott helped me remember the fun! A huge thank you to Scott for taking time to help this problem child!