Well, we taught another 14 people the NRA Basic Pistol class yesterday.
We started with 15, but one young lady vanished after about an hour. She's an LPN, so we figured maybe she was called in to work or something.
As usual, we had quite a wide variety of people, from Patent Attorneys to web designers, to a retired Navy Officer who brought her son with her.
Some of the students had prior shooting experience and were taking the
class to improve their skills, while others had never handled a gun
They were all very interested, followed directions well, and we had no safety or firearms handling issues at all.
After the classroom session was over, we headed out to the range to let the students get some hands-on practice.
The basic format of this is to fire 20 rounds at a blank sheet of 8-1/2x10 paper, then 20 rounds at a target, and then 10 rounds at a fresh target for scoring.
The blank paper is used so we can get a feel for the students handle the gun, and correct any errors they might have with stance, grip, and sighting in. I always tell them to try and hit the center of the paper, and then use you first hole as a target and try to get the rest of the rounds "in the same hole", or if you're really off, then try and get your next shot closer to the center.
We had one little Ruger Mark-II malfunction (magazine wouldn't go in), and some ammo problems, mostly failure-to-feeds. The lead instructor told me the Mark-II's are a bit finicky about what ammo works in them, and with 22LR still being a bit scarce, we just try and live with it.
We also saw a bunch of stove-pipes which I assumed was from limp wristing, but after instructing the student who was having the problem to grip the pistol tighter, the problem lessened.
The 20 rounds on a target went well, with ALL of the students shooting 100% in the black target area, and a several getting 100% in the orange bull's eye!
Te retired Navy Officer had some problems with her stance (she was shooting her own pistol, a Taurus clone of a Beretta 92), and once I corrected her, she came right on target.
The 10 rounds on target was a bit different, as the students felt some "pressure" for being in competition.
Two scored 100%, so we had a 3 round shoot-off, with one young lady getting 100%, and the guy she was up against getting two in the orange, and one on the edge.
All-in-all, it was a great day, and we trained 14 more people in the proper handling and the basics of shooting.