There were several interesting things that came up as a result of the classes at the NE Shooters Summit.
In terms of running the classes:
* I need to work out a better way of switching between dummy ammo and live. I demonstrate (re)loading with dummy ammo, both loose and in speedloaders, and switching around was a PITA.
* My box of targets needs to be clearly marked as mine. My silhouette targets were used for someone else's class earlier on Sunday. It really annoyed me but ended up providing an interesting research outcome.
* Some people are going to show up at these larger classes with K frame snubs and no speedloaders. While I bring along a bag of J frame speedloaders to loan, I didn't have any K frame speedloaders with me. I'm going to put a couple in the snub class kit.
* While I like the Dade loaders, they have a longer body than Safariland or HKS and don't work well with all grips. I may have to invest in some HKS even though I don't like them as well.
Several students commented that seeing me demonstrate proper trigger manipulation while dryfiring the drills was very helpful. I've been in revolver classes where the trigger manipulation exhibited was absolutely heinous. The value of demonstrating properly in front of the students was brought home by their comments.
The target mixup provided a very powerful display to me of the value of spot shooting as taught by Bill Rogers. I wrote a Note on my Facebook page about it for those who interested.
Watching other instructors' organizational methods is useful. For me, that's one of the benefits of going to Tactical Conferences; how the other instructors organize and present their material. I'm generally less interested in the content than their class structure. At the NE Summit, I was able to watch Wes Doss, Rob Pincus, and Chris Fry. There were also a couple of items organic to the facility that I liked seeing.