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- Mar 13, 2013
NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course - 3/24 - 3/26 Space Available
Accuforge and Blue Griffin Consulting, LLC are joining together to host an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Course. Perquisites for this course include the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting student course anytime in your past and the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course within the past...
Me and a pile of other MDS members descended on Berwyn Rod and Gun Club this Friday through Sunday to take the three courses required to apply for QHIC status with MSP.
NRA Basic Pistol
NRA Basic Instruction
NRA Pistol Instructor
My thoughts are as follows (its late; if I think of more I'll edit this and mark it as such):
$300 for all three days was a steal for the time involved alone.
Dwight and Chris were very friendly and accommodating folks. I can't stress that enough. Day 2 was spent in Dwight's home movie theater rather than the gun club; his wife made or packed lunch for us every day. They provided more than enough equipment and training aids; plenty of guns were available.
These were my first NRA courses. The course work is very basic level and as I had been told before the NRA curriculum is very rigid and unyielding. They are expected to teach to the NRA guidance with only some ability to tune the class to the participants. I sympathize with them that it seemed difficult to teach a class to a (large) group of people who were not at all beginners.
I confirmed a long known fact that gun owners are a group of people who seem to have a large percentage of self-appointed experts among the ranks. I think Chris and Dwight did a decent job tamping down the more ludicrous derailments while not stifling discussion. Towards the end class members really began to police their own better than at first in order to keep the course moving; frankly in large part because I think we were all worn out on NRA coursework and ready to be done.
Day 1 (the basic pistol) did have two absolutely new shooters. I think Dwight did a good job keeping the focus on them to make sure they got what they needed to get without getting lost in the more experienced folks. After the shooting portion was completed the man spent additional time back in the classroom with one of the beginners to ensure that she knew how to break down and clean her handgun before she left as she had asked for guidance.
You will have difficulty if you struggle with public speaking. We were all expected on numerous occasions to read and present various topics. Neither Dwight nor Chris were critical of the folks who struggled but if you are doing this to pursue instruction (rather than just a training exemption) you need to carefully evaluate your own public speaking abilities.
I know the following members were in attendance and I would ask that their share their opinions as well.
There were others but I either didn't get their username or forgot frankly.