May 1999

Investing In A Shooting School: Thunder Ranch Versus LFI

After you buy the gun, spending money to learn how to use it is smart. We think the Lethal Force Institute is a best buy.

Most of us got tired of going to school years ago, and the idea of voluntarily hitting the books again—and, in fact, paying handsomely for the privilege—is enough to make us laugh out loud. But what if the school in question was offering shooting instruction, gun-selection tips, and life-saving tactical advice? Would that entice you back into the classroom? We thought so.

We attended two well-known shooting schools to compare and contrast the quality of instruction, advice, and fun, they offered: Thunder Ranch, in Mountain Home, Texas, and Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute. Though both services offer the shooter a lot of bang for his buck, Ayoob’s LFI course taught us many sobering, e...

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