Sunday, July 19, 2009

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course: Special Class for Women Only

My first class as a newly minted NRA Basic Pistol instructor is now scheduled.

When: Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: John Lentz Hunter Education Complex at Millstone 4-H Camp, Millstone Road/Gibson Mill Road, Ellerbe, NC 28338. Telephone at range complex, 910-652-3859. For directions to the Millstone firing range complex from U.S. 1 or U.S. 220, call instructor John Myers at 910-995-3975.

Who: NRA-certified Instructor John Myers will teach the class. To register call 910-995-3975.

What: The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to safely and effectively shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. You can be a beginner or an experienced shooter. The class will be as individualized as possible to fit all students' needs.

How Much: Class fee is $90 for students who bring their own handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition. Class fee is $100 if you wish to use .22 pistol and ammo supplied by instructor.

What to Bring to Class:

  1. Semi-automatic pistol or revolver and 50 rounds of the correct caliber ammunition for your handgun. Ammunition should be Full-Metal-Jacket type (FMJs) or Frangible range type.
  2. No live ammo allowed in the classroom! You are encouraged to bring your handgun into the classroom at 8 a.m., but be absolutely sure it is unloaded and leave all ammo in your vehicle until we go to the range for the afternoon portion of the class.
  3. Ear and eye protection. Ear protection should be ear muffs or ear plugs. Eye protection should be shooting glasses or safety glasses or if you wear prescription glasses, safety goggles that will fit over your glasses.
  4. Snack or sandwich for lunch and soft drinks or water in a cooler. The classroom building has a kitchen with refrigerator and microwave. Cooler will be useful at the firing range.
  5. Payment for the class in cash or check, $90 if you bring your own handgun and ammo, $100 if you use the instructor's .22LR pistol and ammo.

Basic Pistol topics to be taught in this class include:

  • Safe Gun Handling Rules
  • Handgun Fundamentals and Practical Handling
  • Pistol Ammunition Fundamentals
  • Revolver Knowledge
  • Semiautomatic Pistol Knowledge
  • Caring for the Pistol
  • Selecting a Pistol
  • Shooting Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Two-handed and One-handed Shooting Positions
  • Developing and Maintaining Skills
  • Pistol Sports and Shooting Activities

Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and receive a course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009)

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