Saturday, September 20, 2014

"NRA Basic Pistol Class" AAR

Well, the lead instructor and three assistants brought another 8 people into the realm of pistol shooters today.

Why FOUR instructors?

Well, 16 people signed up (and paid!), but only 8 showed up, so as a bonus, each instructor only had two people to help, and we got extra range and classroom time.

The two young people I worked with were a brother and sister, 17 and 15 years old, respectively.

The girl was kinda bummed at first because "My parents own firearms, and they INSISTED we both take this course!".

She considered it more of a waste of a beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon than anything else, but she was attentive, asked excellent questions, took direction extremely well, and wonder-of-wonders, wound up WINNING the "10 Shot Showdown" with a score of 98!

Her older brother was seen muttering something about "I'll never live this down....", but he was a good sport about it, and proud of his sister.

As I was coaching these two young people, I kept noticing an older couple outside the range, watching through the glass with huge smiles, but didn't think much of it as I was busy.

Turns out it was Mom and Dad watching their kids have a great time, and thanked us all profusely after the class was over.

Always good to introduce some new people to shooting, and this was one of the better classes I assisted with.

Four of the students stayed to take their California "Handgun Safety Certificate" test, and were issued their HSC on the spot.

And they ALL want to come back and take the NRA "Personal Protection in the Home" class!


  1. Yep, that's how we get them on 'our' side, one (or in this case two ;-) at a time. We can't 'win' against the hoplophobes in a big battle (too much media interference, among other things) so we need to keep chipping away.


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