my apologies all, it was not my intention to slam Thunder Ranch... I have no doubt their training is excellent and professional. Its just not something I can afford, that was my only point I was trying to illustrate.
Regarding the original question, consider there is a lot of gun owners who can only afford just one if at all. So its good to know what resources are available. When I talk to people about firearms safety and training sometimes come up. If I tell them they need to spend ~$980 to be safe, there not going to consider it an option. IMO of course.
lightweight, cheap, strong... pick 2