NRA Basic Pistol report


March 20, 2004, 09:39 PM
Had five students in an NRA Basic Pistol class today.

It lasted the whole 10 hours. Started at 8:30 AM, finished about 6:35 PM.

Classroom part was good. No one scored less than 90% on the written test, and I did not let them use their books at all.

Very impressive.

Although, two of the students were university faculty members, one was a hospital psychologist, and another was an professional hospital administration type.

The fifth was the 13 year-old stepson of the one of the university faculty members.

Had a great time at the range. Started them off on .22 Ruger MK II from the benchrest position, ala the textbook.

Worked them up to two-handed standing, and then one-handed standing.

After shooting all the official stuff over and over and over, I brought out some fun targets.

First was a steel plate swinging target--the ram from a silhouette set I've got.

That was a big hit. Lots of smiles from the satisfying CLANGS!

Then, since I was on my own private property and on my own range, out came the plastic 2-liters and milk jugs full of water.

Bigger hit. Especially when one student got a milk jug center hit with a .357 mag. Splatter-orama. That thing flew at least seven feet into the air.

We started at the range at about 12:45 and by 4:15, we were still at it. That's the longest I have ever had any class at a range. And we quit only because a few rain drops actually fell out of the very dark clouds above.

Took them back to the classroom to cover Cleaning and Storage. I flipped the order of the class because the forecast was for afternoon thunderstorms, and I wanted to get the shooting done before the storms came.

But no storms came. It just got dark and windy with a few huge raindrops.

So, today, I introduced two complete newbies who had never fired a handgun of any kind to handguns.

I got a stepfather who hadn't shot in about 15 years to shoot with his stepson.

I helped a woman overcome her flinch with her Glock 19, and got another guy to seriously think about getting his girlfriend (same flincher with the Glock) a .22 target pistol to practice her fundamentals on.

And, the 13-year old now wants step-dad to get him a .45 1911 when he turns 18. In fact, 13-year-old had never fired any gun before, and only knew them through a video game. He kept talking about the .50 Desert Eagle before the class.

But I worked him from the .22 and benchrest up to a 9mm, and then to a .38 Special and a .357 magnum, and finally the .45 (I provided the guns, they brought their own ammo)

Good Lord, I love being a handgun instructor...............Now, if I could just make enough to quit my real job......................


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March 20, 2004, 09:45 PM
Good Deal Wish i could spend some tiem helping new shooters out your doing us all a great service

March 20, 2004, 10:14 PM
Congratulations Hillbilly. Felt great when they took their first shots and they got that big s**t eating grin on their face,right?:D

NRA Instructor
March 20, 2004, 10:32 PM
Good for you and for the new shooters. :)

Standing Wolf
March 20, 2004, 10:46 PM
Well done!

March 20, 2004, 10:59 PM
Sounds like everybody had a great time. I can't wait to start instructing my own classes (hopefully by next month). Keep up the good work.



March 20, 2004, 11:36 PM
Today I worked with the boyscouts at Camp Buffalo,shooting air rifles. I will be spending seven weeks during summer camp as a shooting instructor there. I instruct both 4-H kids and boyscouts. I enjoy working with the youth and hope they all become life long shooters. Hopefully the more shooters we have the more secure our second ammendment will be. If any of you have a chance, check with your local 4-H and see if they need any instructors. They shoot archery, muzzel loaders, rifle, shotgun and pistol.

March 21, 2004, 02:27 AM
Wish I would have went. I have a flinch that needs fixin. :)

Damn bills:mad: .

March 21, 2004, 07:30 PM
Good job!

I ran a class today also. I'll probably put a post up. Interesting to think how many people were learning to shoot today, huh.

Btw, I'm actually surprised people in Ark had to take a basic pistol class. I thought firearms were in your genes done there and everyone was born knowing how to shoot....

March 21, 2004, 07:51 PM
Trebor....firearms are in the genes of native Arkies.

I'm a native Arkie.

Of my students yesterday, only one of the five was a native Arkie--the woman who works at the hospital.

The others were all from various parts north of here--Illinois, Michigan, etc.


March 21, 2004, 08:02 PM
IE the Pharasis.

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