One of the important rules of safety in Gun Training for self defense or in just target shooting is to be sure of your target and what is beyond. You are responsible for the bullet from the time it leaves the gun until it comes to its final resting point. When plinking or target shooting a backstop is needed so that your bullet will not go beyond its intended destination, like at the indoor range, or outdoors where their is a large hill or mound of dirt called a berm. Most times when target shooting people use FMJ Full metal jacket ammo or ball ammo. This ammo has a lot of penetration great for target practice but maybe not so good for personal protection. The new personal protection rounds that are on the market now are for that personal protection scenario where what is beyond your target may be another person or a crowd of people. It could even be a wall to another room where children or family are sleeping. These bullets are designed not to over penetrate their destination by breaking up or distorting and loosing their energy after they hit the intended target. Here is a video showing these type of rounds in use
I recommend that you use standard personal protection ammo that police officers most often use. Federal Hydra Shok, Speer Gold Dot, or Federal HST
Talk to the experts at the gun shops about all these types of rounds. While they are more expensive than regular target ammo, these rounds definitely have there place in your arsenal for self protection.
We had a great class yesterday at the American Legion Post 2 in pueblo Colorado. Everyone learned a great deal about pistol safety and how to handle a firearm. The certificate they earned will allow them to proceed with the concealed handgun permit process if they desire to do that. One thing everyone learned is that their learning journey has just begun. There is so much to learn about shooting and gun handling that no one class can teach all of it to you. The other very important thing everyone learned is that this skill takes practice. Everyone needs to practice to become proficient with firearms, different types take different procedures to be safely handled and stored. One interesting drill we did in class is the safe passing and accepting of a pistol both revolvers and semi-automatics. Here is a video that incorporates what we learned.
As with any firearm technique think safety first and remember practice makes perfect……..
Everyone may not want to carry a firearm concealed , many of my students wish to keep and use a gun safely in their home and automobile for self protection. This means being comfortable with the laws and operation of the firearm so that it can be stored and retrieved safely. Some just need more practice time with their firearm. Public nights at the Pueblo Municipal Shooters range is a great way to get in that practice time, or better yet just become a member. Every gun owner should be comfortable with the controls and safety of their particular firearm and the best way for that to happen is by practice. Several sessions at the range will get you right up to speed and don’t forget shooting can be great family fun too. See you at the range.
What a Great Class……everyone was very receptive to the NRA basic pistol training course. We even had one person that had never shot a pistol before. The class was mixed male and female and not all were sure they were going to get a Concealed Carry Permit, but all walked away with a certificate that would allow them to do so. Most were trying to make sure they knew enough to make a good informed decision about whether it is right for them or not. One thing they all did was learn how to be a safer, better shooter. Some had decisions to make about the kind and caliber of gun. Some needed to be more informed about the responsibility of safely storing guns in the home. Every person had some great stories to tell and my team instructors had some excellent stories of their own. This is the type of class anyone could take…old, young,experienced or novice. We had them all and they all came away smarter, safer and confident about handguns and the role they play in protecting the students and their families.
NRA Basic Pistol class is one the most popular NRA Courses.
“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a
This course is at least 8-hours long
and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers
and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe
gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting
fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position,
and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and
continued opportunities for skill development. Students
will receive the NRA Guide to 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 course completion certificate.
You must be legal in the state of Colorado to be in
possession of a handgun.It is recommended that you
bring your own handgun. We will also have guns available
for your use.
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire
exercise and a course certificate upon successful
completion of the lessons. Students will receive a
“Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration
of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written
test on the lesson material at the end of the
Concealed Carry Colorado
Students will receive a certificate qualifying
them to apply for a concealed carry permit in the
state of Colorado.
******Check the training schedule for dates of these
classes. Saturday March 19th will be the next class.
In a home where guns are kept, the degree of gun safety a child has rests squarely on the child’s parents. Parents who accept the responsibility to learn, practice and teach gun safety rules will ensure their child’s safety to a much greater extent than those who do not. Parental responsibility does not end, however, when the child leaves the home.
Talking with Your Child About Gun Safety
There is no particular age to talk with your child about gun safety. A good time to introduce the subject is the first time he or she shows an interest in firearms, even toy pistols or rifles. Talking openly and honestly about gun safety with your child is usually more effective than just ordering him or her to “Stay out of the gun closet,” and leaving it at that. Such statements may just stimulate a child’s natural curiosity to investigate further.
Toy Guns vs Real Guns
It is also advisable, particularly with very young children, to discuss gun use on television as opposed to gun use in real life. Firearms are often handled carelessly in movies and on TV. Additionally, children see TV and movie characters shot and “killed” with well-documented frequency. When a young child sees that same actor appear in another movie or TV show, confusion between entertainment and real life may result. It may be a mistake to assume that your child knows the difference between being “killed” on TV and in reality.
What Should you teach your child about Gun Safety
If you have decided that your child is not ready to be trained in a gun’s handling and Gun Safety, teach him or her to follow the instructions of NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. If you find a gun:
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.
The initial steps of “Stop” and “Don’t Touch” are the most important. To counter the natural impulse to touch a gun, it is imperative that you impress these steps of the safety message upon your child.
In today’s society, where adult supervision is not always possible, the direction to “Leave the Area” is also essential. Under some circumstances, area may be understood to be a room if your child cannot physically leave the apartment or house.
“Tell an Adult” emphasizes that children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher — if a parent or guardian is not available.
ThisKids with Guns Videogives you a good look at gun safety why this training is so important for your children.