Gee....I'm using the term "AAR". Never thought I'd get here......
Got to the range today about 1030, and was greeted by the lead instructor, three other volunteer instructors, and twenty anxious students.
Some of them had fired guns before, some had not, and a few were "scared" of guns, but thought they'd be better off knowing actual facts about them, rather than relying on the the lamestream media is reporting.
The classroom part starts with The Four Rules, and then gets into the basic parts of a gun ("Frame", "Barrel", "Grip", and "Action"), and then discusses ammo.
Then grip and stance are taught, moving on to sight picture, followed by a short break.
After the break, we finish up the classroom training by reviewing what was taught, checking stance and grip for each student, and answering numerous questions.
You can tell these are very interested people by the questions they asked, and by their attitude.
While the lead was finishing up in the classroom, the other instructors and I went out into the range area, set up a table, hung targets, and loaded magazines.
The pistols in use were Ruger Mark-II's, slightly modified with dots of white-out applied to the sights. A couple of years ago when my sweet wife took the course, she complained that she couldn't get a sight picture because she couldn't see the sights!
The lead took my suggestion to use white-out, and nobody has complained since then.
The first segment was 20 rounds onto a piece of paper, just to get the students used to handling the pistols, inserting/extracting magazines, and manipulating the controls on the gun.
After questions were asked and answered, stance and grip checked again, we went to 20 rounds on a standard NRA "Slow Fire" target.
As the students fired at their first target, we watched them for things like jerking the trigger, and as always, stance and grip.
The last segment was 10 rounds at a fresh target, this time "scored".
Three of the students scored 98, so we had a 3 round shoot-off to determine the "Best Shot of the Class", who won a nice baseball cap.
So.....we started with 20 students, and turned them in to 20 graduates, with a certificate, patch, rocker, and wallet card.
The class was 100% safe, none of the guns spontaneously "went off by itself", no blood was spilled, and everybody had a great time.
And the next 5 Saturdays are booked solid, so I imagine I'll be spending a whole lot of time helping my friend teach new shooters the basics.