As many of you know by now Colorado does not require you to shoot to get a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). Learning To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications and putting a shooting qualification in your portfolio of things achieved should be high on your list. Learning to shoot and shooting with some proper form and technique should be one of the skills that shooters want to acquire.
What your dad taught you or what you learned in the military can only take you so far. When you learn to shoot with proper form and technique it gives you a starting place so you can get better. Everyone strives to be a better shot but if you don’t practice with a baseline set of skills you don’t have any way to judge your progress.
Learn To Shoot a State Qual-
Many states around us require a person to qualify. In a simple shooting test, they can be sure you can operate the gun and actually hit what you are shooting at. One of the simple qualifications is the LAPD retired police officer’s qualification. This simple test is used by some trainers around the country. This is the qualification they make retired police officers shoot so that they can carry their concealed weapons into retirement. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is a respected agency and this test is therefore considered a respectable qualification. There are many other qualifications I have on my list and some of those are simple as well.
Shooting Qual’s give you Confidence-
The Nevada Concealed Firearm Permit qualification being one of them. Many people wonder why the Colorado permit to carry is not honored by states such as Nevada. I have been told the real reason is that Colorado has no shooting qualification for its permits. Many states that have qualifications greater than Colorado do not agree with our training. These states do not think that someone with no training should be allowed to walk around with a handgun in public with no verifiable shooting qual. The keyword here being verifiable.
Some states have gone to an enhanced permit process. Someone with more training and qualifications can carry in a state like Nevada where someone with a basic permit from an enhanced state would not be able to. It sounds like a good idea to me. Students have a good time shooting the qualifications and it gives them some confidence that they are handling their firearm efficiently and effectively.
When you Learn To Shoot better it makes it much more fun!
Other articles of interest on this topic: