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.

Matt Little, Green Beret, Chicago PD SWAT - This was an excellent class. What made it both unique and extremely valuable was Scott’s take on how to teach everything. He’s a life-long martial artist, and treats shooting the same way. He’s very in tune with the nuances and subtleties that make technique effective and efficient. Scott’s teaching style is both disarmingly affable and highly informative. He has obviously put a great amount of thought and research into his shooting and it shows, both in his performance and his instruction. I would recommend this class to any pistol shooter. He is definitely an SME on both shooting with pistol mounted RDS and running from concealment with an AIWB rig. Even if you normally shoot irons like I do, borrow a dot gun and take the class. Your iron sight shooting will improve from the experience. And if you want to learn to shoot accurately AND fast with a RDS pistol, this class will drastically shorten the learning curve.