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 Post subject: Teaching another new shooter.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:31 am 
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A business associate has been talking about getting a handgun for at least a year. I talked him into picking up a C9 with the understanding that if he doesn't like it, I would give him the purchase price. Everyone I've made this offer to ends up keeping the gun. I'm trying to set up a day for him to come out and take some basic instruction so he knows enough that he won't shoot himself or anyone else. I've done this with at least a half dozen new shooters. I really enjoy watching the progress from 0 to proficient in one afternoon. Safety first. I repeat and stress safe handling. I start with my go to training pistol...the Bersa Thunder 380. After learning how to load and unload and all the basic gun parts I have them dry fire with the muzzle near a wall until there's no barrel movement. Then we move out to the range where we start at 2 yards. Everyone always complains about the embarrassingly close range. I explain that most law enforcement shootings happen under 3 feet. As they get more proficient we move back in 3 ft increments until we're knocking down targets at 21 ft. The whole process is very rewarding for both me and the new shooter. I know I'm doing something right because everyone always asks "When can I come out and shoot some more!".

I also tell them to watch videos, read articles and join Hi Point Talk because my knowledge barely scratches the surface. Maybe when they come back, they can teach me something.

I'm hoping for this Saturday. I'm gonna need a gallon of insect repellent.

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Always rewarding to have new shooters really take an interest and know, that you've contributed to their safety!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Teaching another new shooter.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Sounds like a good time! All except for the bug thing...I've visited Wisconsin in the summer...not all that fun due to the bugs. But the same can be said for about any country setting in any state in 80° weather east of the big muddy and most of the ones along the shores of it on the west side too.

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 Post subject: Re: Teaching another new shooter.
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Thank you George, its good to hear of people taking the time to introduce new people to shooting. We need as many pro gun people as we can get. Safety in numbers ;) Kudos!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Teaching another new shooter.
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Good on ya George! I've brought more than a few in my time as well. The most gratifying ones are the anti-gun conversions. ;-)

That's also partially why I became an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor 8 years ago. Initially it was mainly to offer an affordable class for friends and family to persue their CCW's. I only charge enough to cover my costs. But it branched from there to help those I didn't know as well. And I actually had 4 ladies sign up who declared themselves as anti-gun, but wanted to take a class to learn more. When done, they were all converts! :-D

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