I finally got my ccw class done yesterday, with a few friends of mine. I had a great time with the class (it was 12 hours) and to my surprise, I learned a lot, and was not once bored. My instructor was a very informative, highly experienced guy. He has been an NRA licensed instructor for many years, and routinely shoots in the local competitions, which I plan on getting into soon. Here are a few notes of interest that I thought I would share with everyone, after I finished the course:
1. I have always been partial to semi autos, and I still am. But after learning a lot more about them during my training, I am a lot more likely to go out and buy a nice revolver. The instructor brought 17 different handguns (if I remember correctly) and just about every caliber and pistol type and feature were well represented. We had the opportunity to shoot each and get a good feel for everything.
2. At the end of our shooting session, we were put into a "pressure situation". It was set up with targets staging a "bank robbery" in which one of the BG's had a hostage. It was our job to walk into the bank and quickly empty our 6 rounds from our semi auto into the 3 BG's without hitting the hostage. (distance was roughly 20 feet, maybe slightly less.) At that point, 2 more BG's come out of the back room. Your semi is empty and you do not have time to reload. You must quickly pick up the revolver from the downed security guard, and put 2 rounds into each of the remaining BG's. With 12 total shots, I slightly missed the 2nd target with one bullet. The rest of the shots were very solid head shots, and I completed the test in about 10 seconds.
3. I found that shooting a 357 magnum from a gun that weighs 12 ounces empty can really leave a mark....on your hand. It was a neat little wheel though.
4. I am all for gun rights. I feel that it is our responsibility to protect ourselves, and it is foolish to rely on someone else to do it for you ( ie: police). Having said that, It is my opinion that anyone and everyone that owns a handgun should be required to take a course led by a competent instructor like I had this last weekend. Regardless of your plans for the gun, whether you will carry or not. I am not new to guns, or even handguns, but I left the course with a great deal more knowledge than I had entering the day, and a heavily reinforced respect for guns and safety.
Sorry to everyone for the excessively long post, but I wanted to share my experience with you all.
I am glad you had fun. I would like to take a tactical course and permit class. I will in the next few months.
But........this statement bothers me.
"It is my opinion that anyone and everyone that owns a handgun should be required to take a course led by a competent instructor "
The constitution doesnt say right to bear arms after a training course. It says right to bear arms...period. If you dont have a felony, you should not be required to do anything but follow the law and be responsible.
I do agree with you that everyone should be allowed to own firearms. However, I also feel that some people either (are just not intelligent/ do not have the appropriate respect) for a firearm as they should. This was a one day course that was not only fun, but very informitive.
"If you dont have a felony, you should not be required to do anything but follow the law and be responsible."
Like I said before, I completely agree with your statement. I feel that the problem comes in where a lot of people just don't know how to be intelligent.
Everyone is eligable to take this course. You do not even have to own a gun, as one of the students in my class did not. It is not expensive and it did not take up much time. I know that a vast majority of gun owners would walk away more knowledgable, which is always a good thing.
Im not gonna say it should be required, but if congress did pass something like that into law saying you need to take an NRA safety course, I wouldnt be against it. Guns are dangerous, and it wouldnt be a bad idea for people to have some knowledge about them before carrying. Nothing crazy, just basic safety and operation.
I suppose I do feel the same way about it that you do, Mdnitedrftr. I just wish that people were responsible enough to go out on their own and get educated. I know that far too many are not. The way I look at it, people should not drive cars without proper training, becuase ignorance will more often that not create a dangerous situation. Cars are not weapons, and when used responsibly they are relatively safe. But in the wrong hands a car can be a weapon. It is a tool that must be used properly, and the only way that we know how to use a tool properly, is through basic instruction.
I agree that the world is made up of a lot of idiots. On the other hand a "required course" is a slippery slope we don't need to get near. Once the "required course" is completed then a "required registration" of any and/or all weapons is not too far behind. I'm not bashing you as this is a rational idea, but when thought through completely is not as rational as once believed. As far as the car analogy...well that is a Priviledge. Nobody in the US has the Right to a car. The right to keep and bear arms is just that...a Right explicitly given by the constitution.
Last edited by lumbermill; 08-14-2009 at 10:43 AM.
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