Jan 162011

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……..

Jan 212011

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.

Feb 212011
Mr. Ron at the class

Mr. Ron Telling the class a story

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.

Class at the Range

Class at the Range receiving safety briefing

Mar 062011




NRA Basic Pistol class is one the most popular NRA Courses.


Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a
pistol safely.”






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.

Course Completion

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.


Jun 272011


gun safety











The Parents’ Responsibility

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:


Don’t Touch.

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.

This Kids with Guns Video gives you a good look at gun safety why this training is so important for your children.

Kids with Guns

And for the rest of us here is the basic gun safety rules that always apply

Four Rules introduced by Colonel Jeff Cooper, which are:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
—Jeff Cooper

The NRA provides a similar set of gun safety rules:

  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
—The National Rifle Association, The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling

The Canadian Firearms Program uses the concept of The Four Firearm ACTS:

  1. Assume every firearm is loaded.
  2. Control the muzzle direction at all times.
  3. Trigger finger off trigger and out of trigger guard.
  4. See that the firearm is unloaded. PROVE it safe.
—Canadian Firearms Centre, The Four ACTS of Firearm Safety