taking a NRA pistol course after I carried for a year!


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lionken07
February 23, 2007, 09:17 PM
so I finally gathere myself to sign up for NRA pistol course since its a requirement for me to apply for my CT carry permit (i moved here not long ago). Now being that I've carried in AL for a while before that it feels kinda weird since its like going backards.

with that said, what kind of questions should I ask the instructor? what will i learn from such course?

I learned everything about firearms from family/friends/internet and I've never taken any firearm related course before so I really don't know what to expect from this :p

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Standing Wolf
February 23, 2007, 10:04 PM
As I teach the NRA First Steps course, it's a 100% safety-oriented introductory course for new shooters and a safety review for experienced shooters.

I cover all the topics in the syllabus, but double back now and then to reiterate the safety messages. When we move from class room to the range, it's almost inevitable: the newbies are very attentive to the safety procedures, and the experienced shooters tend to need occasional reminders. I've never had a student who's been downright unsafe, but usually see fingers on triggers too soon, muzzled allowed to drift away from straight downrange.

'Nough said?

lionken07
February 23, 2007, 10:06 PM
hmmm....will I fall asleep during class? :p

2bigfeet
February 23, 2007, 10:09 PM
hmmm....will I fall asleep during class?

Not if you want to get that piece of paper... ;)

lionken07
February 23, 2007, 10:17 PM
That paper is gonna cost me 75bucks. Its one heck of an expensive paper!:scrutiny:

never_retreat
February 23, 2007, 10:24 PM
75 sounds a little high. I would Re-negotiate a lower price.:)

pax
February 23, 2007, 10:29 PM
lionken ~

Dunno the laws in CT, but you MIGHT be able to substitute a more advanced level class for the basic one and have it count. Might want to look into it.

If not, remember that no firearms training is ever wasted. If you go into it with the attitude that there is going to be something you can learn from it, you'll probably find something to learn and maybe a whole bunch of things. But if you go into it with the attitude that there won't be, you won't find anything and will have stolen the value of the class from yourself.

Remember that all good shooting always comes right back to the basics. A refresher course on the basics never hurt anyone.

pax

distra
February 24, 2007, 12:23 AM
Dunno the laws in CT, but you MIGHT be able to substitute a more advanced level class for the basic one and have it count. Might want to look into it.

Nope. Not unless it was taken within the last 12 months and you have the NRA instructor number and a copy of teaching cert. The class is ment to provide safety instruction and practical shooting. $75 is cheap, my wife took her course last year and it was $90. Going rate is $90-100. It's worth it 'cause for pistols in CT you have no choice. It really is not bad, depending on where you are the wait can be a while. Some have waited 6 months, even with an appeal. Good luck.

earplug
February 24, 2007, 12:53 AM
I wish there was another national organisation that offered firearm instruction.
A state supported monopoly is not good for progress in any form of education.

marklbucla
February 25, 2007, 06:20 PM
$75 is expensive?

Try $200 for the ********** CCW Training.

And the $100 for the CCW Application

And the $100 for the FBI Live Scan.

You guys have it good.

But then again, my AL permit cost me $20.

peteinct
February 26, 2007, 03:35 PM
I took the class and one thing I learned is that some of the people there scared me with their blood thirsty and or idiotic questions.

There was one guy there I knew of from my job and he always had idiotic qustions about the contract at ratification meetings also. when i talk to coworkers about the class they say" him...they allow him to carry a gun?"
pete

Robert Hairless
February 26, 2007, 06:18 PM
lionken:

Reread what Pax wrote:

remember that no firearms training is ever wasted. If you go into it with the attitude that there is going to be something you can learn from it, you'll probably find something to learn and maybe a whole bunch of things. But if you go into it with the attitude that there won't be, you won't find anything and will have stolen the value of the class from yourself.

Remember that all good shooting always comes right back to the basics. A refresher course on the basics never hurt anyone.


What Pax said. Fall asleep at your own peril. You also will get a summary of Connecticut law and pointers about where to find current information. For what it's worth, NRA instructors who teach that course are taught the elements covered in it too. They've heard it before but they also are required to hear it again.

Amish_Bill
February 26, 2007, 06:49 PM
I just taught a UT CCW class to a group of fairly experienced people. Yes, they really didn't need to be shown what part of the revolver is called "the frame", but the regs say that I must certify that they have been presented this instruction. The only way I can know this for sure is to do it myself or witness them getting it from another.

bogie
February 26, 2007, 07:17 PM
At my CCW class, we were give the opportunity to qualify in approximately 1.5 seconds... That was one Glock that I really, really liked.

nrawling
February 26, 2007, 09:31 PM
Don't blame the NRA for the prices...

Each instructor sets his own rates. There are people running the class for cheaper, but the don't advertise (they mostly run it for friends and relatives). If you look at the hourly rate for the class (I believe it's 8-10 hours) it's really not that much $$.

The guy I took mine from (who was excellent, BTW) also teaches the instructor course for about $200. If you pass the instructor test, then you can teach the class and decide how much it's worth.

The fact that CT requires a class at all is among my complaints. Hopefully, it won't take 16 weeks for your permit to come, even once you finish jumping through all the hoops.

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