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BCCL
January 27, 2013, 09:11 PM
Saw this floating around Facebook today, it's something we all should enjoy doing. (Probably most folks here already are doing this) :)

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe/Firearms/FreeTrain_zps336658cf.jpg

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beatledog7
January 27, 2013, 10:09 PM
Interesting concept. Gotta learn more about it.

gunnutery
January 27, 2013, 10:12 PM
I will probably do the same idea (it IS a good one), but I'll probably use my own pic because I hate posting stuff that asks others to repost/share.

BHP FAN
January 27, 2013, 10:15 PM
I do that too, and try to be an ambasador of the RKBA.

Ms_Dragon
January 27, 2013, 10:18 PM
I like the idea especially for women.

It can be intimidating to go to a range which has the perception of being a very male place.

Hardtarget
January 27, 2013, 10:24 PM
I'm 62 and besides my two sons I've helped several new shooters get started in this great passtime/hobby/RIGHT of ours.

When my sons hit ten years old I took three of their friends to the hunter and firearm safety classes. Not sure how many we took to the range over the years. Its great fun. And...its another reason for a range trip! :D

I really like the concept of this thread.

Mark

230RN
January 28, 2013, 01:48 AM
I'd like to see some reference to the idea that this would only be a "Firearms 100.5" session, leading to sessions with a certified instructor. (And there are lady instructors out there, too.)

I love the idea. I've offered (and given) $25 toward training, etc, for folks (who are eligible) to obtain their Concealed Carry Permits. The one hangup in my offer is determining eligibility to own/possess right up front. This can be an awkward, but surmountable problem. One solution is to have them read the eligibility requirements of my state's CCW laws first. That usually covers it.

(And don't use acronmyms. These are beginning shooters, remember.)

Terry, 230RN

BHP FAN
January 28, 2013, 02:49 AM
''It can be intimidating to go to a range which has the perception of being a very male place...''
I've noticed this. Actually, it can be intimidating for novice shooters of either gender. I have noticed Range Masters [not all, but some] who like to adopt R. Lee Ermey's persona, [from Full Metal Jacket] and it's not conductive to the learning experience.

Fred in Wisc
January 28, 2013, 12:38 PM
I posted that last night with an offer for anyone who has not shot a gun previously. I will supply a brief safety lesson and a trip to the range to shoot various guns, all expenses paid.

Hope to get some bites on it today, but most of my facebook friends are pretty pro-gun. I have had several non-shooting parents ask me to teach their kids about gun safety lately, though. Always fun to get some teens out shooting. Especially when the young ladies out shoot the fellas.

taliv
January 28, 2013, 12:42 PM
i started offering n00b AR15 classes, in addition to the long range bolt gun classes i've been doing.

it's a good idea. (most) everyone should be doing it.

Skribs
January 28, 2013, 12:44 PM
I like the idea, but that ad hurts my eyes.

My only concern is that I don't feel qualified as a trainer.

LNK
January 28, 2013, 12:50 PM
I like the idea, but that ad hurts my eyes.

My only concern is that I don't feel qualified as a trainer.

I am sure you could teach the 4 rules of safety. As well as teaching shooting. Anyone that has been shooting as long as you have:neener: would be able to teach...

LNK

Skribs
January 28, 2013, 12:51 PM
Ammo costs money, forum posts don't. Guess where I spend most of my time.

LNK
January 28, 2013, 12:54 PM
You can teach for almost free, just not right now as even .22LR is scarce and expensive. Once the panic dies down, and supply catches up with demand, it will be much more affordable....

LNK

locnload
January 28, 2013, 01:11 PM
I'm finding as a newly minted NRA Basic Pistol Instructor that many people interested in the class have little to no expirience with guns. Since the certificate issued from completion of that class meets the training requirements for a Colorado CCW permit, I am hesitant to sign my name on one for someone that has a few hours of exsposure to firearms in their lifetime.
So, I'm going to offer a free class to people in my community entitled
"Firearms, from frightening to fun". Give them a rundown of the basics, safety, types of actions, gear, the fun side of shooting with the ability to defend yourself as a bonus. If nothing else, I want to give them enough knowledge to make inteligent decisions on the political stage. Then if they want to go on to get their certificate to get a CCW, I can spend that class dwelling on matters important to responsible carry, not which end of the gun the bullet comes out of. :)

bergmen
January 28, 2013, 01:18 PM
I just took two new shooters to the range yesterday (husband and wife) after a several hour safety and technique training session at my house. Wife had never seen, much less handled any firearm, husband had only had cursory training many years ago for a theatrical performance (M1 Garand, etc.).

We have two new converts here. One would be surprised how many non-shooters are out there who are genuinely curious but have no idea which way to turn to satisfy that curiosity.

The NRA (I think) is missing something here. All of their certified instructors should be encouraged to reach out to the uninitiated with a helping hand to invite non-shooters and new shooter wannabes to come, see and try out in a safe environment.

Dan

230RN
January 29, 2013, 12:50 PM
The NRA (I think) is missing something here. All of their certified instructors should be encouraged to reach out to the uninitiated with a helping hand to invite non-shooters and new shooter wannabes to come, see and try out in a safe environment.

Yeah, a "Firearms 100.5" class, as I mentioned.

I like the idea of an in-home initiation, as someone mentioned. One can have them think about reasonably safe places to point the gun (the stove, the bookcase, etc.) that will stop an unintended discharge while manipulating it, "crossing" another, etc. And without the noisy and bangy and distractiony stuff at a range.

I visualize sticking a long dowel down the muzzle to emphasize muzzle awareness. Makes it pretty obvious where that bullet will go.

Terry, 230RN

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