Mar 212020
 

Common mistakes pistol owners make contribute to many of the accidents we see both at the range and in gun owner’s personal lives.

common mistakes pistol owners make

Muzzle Direction

Muzzle direction is the most important rule of gun safety. When looking at a handgun in the gun store don’t point it at the salesperson or at other customers in the store. Many gun owners think guns are unloaded in these places so it doesn’t matter. Did you check the firearm properly to see its loaded condition when it was handed to you? Do you know how to pass a firearm correctly to another person? If not these are common gun handling skills everyone should have.

Left to Right Rack

I see a lot of people who have a bad habit of what I call Left to Right Rack. If you point the gun to the left when you rack it (when your a right-handed shooter) you are most likely pointing it somewhere you are not supposed to. Sometimes the person in the shooting lane next to you at the range. Sometimes a family member or a shooting partner when your out on the north 40. Turn sideways to your target and hold the firearm close to your chest this will force you to point it in the safe direction and it makes the gun easier to manipulate. Racking the slide properly  will put you on your way to being a great gun handler

Hand in Front of Muzzle

Why would you stick your hand in front of the muzzle? You shouldn’t! Racking your gun from the front of the slide can cause your hand to inadvertently slip in front of the loaded gun’s muzzle. Use the serrations on the back of the slide either with the hand over method or the slingshot method. I see a lot of people reach out in front of the firearm when manipulating the firearm or reaching for something on the benchtop at the range.

Pulling the Trigger on an Empty Gun

I’m not talking about dry-fire. I’m talking about taking the pressure off the cocked trigger of your firearm when putting the gun away or in its case. If you have a 1911 style single action gun learn how to decock it properly don’t pull the trigger and let the hammer fall. On the striker-fired weapons leave them alone. There is no reason to pull the trigger and you are just asking for an accident. Only pull the trigger when you have your sights on something you intend to shoot.

Index your finger on the slide

It takes a little practice but you can learn to index your finger on the gun so that you don’t touch the trigger. This translates into great form when you draw from your holster. Use the micro training technique and practice practice practice.

Soon you will be a great gun handler and Common mistakes pistol owners make will be something you will read about not something you are doing yourself.

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Nov 172013
 

NRA Pistol Course Descriptions

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NRA Pistol Course Descriptions

Ever wonder what the NRA teaches in its NRA Pistol Course? This page is
a summary of the most popular NRA pistol courses taught. There is no
substitute to good training in the fundamentals of any skill.

This page was not funded or endorsed by the NRA, but rather is an
effort by a NRA-certified instructor to educate the public about NRA Pistol Course.

 NRA Gun Safety Rules

Safety is the primary goal-Remember when handling or storing any firearm
conscientious attention to these rules will prevent most, if not all, gun accidents.
Be aware that ignorance and carelessness lead to accidents in all walks of life, including
the handling of firearms.
Always  keep the gun pointed in a safe direction-
If the gun should discharge, it should not harm any person or
destroy any valuable property. Careful attention to muzzle direction
is key to safely handling a firearm.When carrying a firearm from place to place,
the best way to control the muzzle is to keep it in your view.Be aware of what
objects can stop a bullet, and what ones cannot.In NRA courses, and on shooting
ranges, the instructor or range officer will explain and point out the safe
directions available.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot-
Under normal conditions guns do not discharge unless the trigger is
pulled.When holding or manipulating a gun, hold the grip firmly and place
the trigger finger along the frame or receiver, not inside the trigger
guard.
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use-
Guns cannot be discharged unless they are loaded with live
ammunition. There are many uses of guns which permit them to be
loaded, but such firearms must always be under your control.
Guns not in use, but not stored, should have the action locked open
so that anyone may inspect the chamber and magazine for live
ammunition.When handing a gun to another person, lock open the action (if
possible) and check the chamber and magazine by sight and feel to
ensure than no live ammunition is present. The person receiving the
gun should also check.

 

Home Firearm Safety

Description

NRA Pistol Course Home Firearm SafetyThe NRA Home Firearm Safety Course is the basic NRA pistol course I recommend
to anyone unfamiliar with guns or who needs a to learn gun terminology.

In this four hour course students will get the NRA’s Home
Firearm Safety
handbook, pamphlets on safety and terminlogy
and lessons on the rules of safe gun handling, identifying and
unloading various firearms, ammunition, cleaning, and
storage. Students will also get hands-on experience with the most
common types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

NRA Pistol Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge and skills and to
explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of
guns in the home.”
NRA
Home Firearm Safety Course Lesson Plans

NRA Pistol Course Lessons

  1. Rules for Safe Gun Handling
  2. Identifying and Unloading Different Firearms
  3. Practical Exercises in Safe Gun Handling
  4. Types of Ammunition; Cleaning and Storage of Firearms

NRA Pistol Course Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course and the material
can be understood by mature people of all ages.

NRA Pistol Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the practical exercises and a
course completion certificate.

 

 

Basic Pistol

NRA Pistol Course Description

NRA Pistol Course Basic PistolA pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being
held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can
be the hardest to learn.

The Basic NRA pistol course can be as short as ten hours. In it
students will get the NRA’s TheBasics of Pistol Shooting
handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals
of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several
practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a
summary of pistol sports and activities.

NRA Pistol Course Goal

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

—NRA
Basic Pistol Shooting Course Lesson Plans

NRA Pistol Course Lessons

  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  3. Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  4. Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  5. Pistol Sports and Activities

NRA Pistol Course Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material
is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

NRA Pistol 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
course.

 

 

FIRST Steps Pistol

NRA Pistol Course Description

NRA Pistol Course First Steps PistolFIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and
Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need
for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST
Steps program is a basic NRA pistol course abbreviated to the most fundamental
shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of
pistol.

This NRA pistol course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as
quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA’s The
Basics of Pistol Shooting
handbook and quick practical
lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The
practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position. As the
number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course
will take proportionally longer.

NRA Pistol Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction
to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a
specific pistol model safely.”
NRA
FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation Lesson Plans

NRA Pistol Course Lessons

  1. Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
  2. Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol
    Shooting
  3. Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position
  4. Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training
    Opportunities

NRA Pistol Course Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material
is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

NRA Pistol 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”.

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NRA Pistol Course can be a great activity for the whole family. Shooting sports are
fun and and can be a way to instill pride and responsibility in young adults. NRA Pistol Course
can be the start to new family fun.

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Jun 072012
 

Firearm Safety Training

Firearm Safety Training Pueblo Colorado

Choosing the correct firearm safety training in Pueblo Colorado is very simple.  Find a trainer that has some good credentials and experience with the firearms you are intending to be trained on. Colorado has no Handgun Safety Certificate Program like California and you are not required to have this gun safety training to buy a firearm.

Firearm safety training is the process of learning the standard safety rules and then applying them to the handling of different types of guns in different situations. Hunter Safety is required in Colorado to hunt but it’s not the same thing as gun safety. Learning how to handle firearms safely is a must if you are going to own or buy a gun. It’s always a good idea to learn something about the laws and regulations of the state you live in.

Safety training for handguns and shotguns of all types are very popular right now. People want to learn how to handle these types of firearms in their homes safely for home defense.  Safe knowledgeable individuals want to learn how to shoot these firearms and maintain them so that they work correctly when needed. Small or private classes can be arranged on your schedule.

Safety Training required to get a concealed carry permit

Colorado’s concealed carry permit law requires that you have a certificate of gun safety training. This qualifies you for your concealed carry permit. Concealed carry instructors will give you the necessary firearms safety training to get your concealed carry permit.  Schedule your training with Have Gun Will Train Colorado, times and dates are available so you can plan your training around your busy schedule. If a time or date you desire is not available just fill out the request and we will see if we can schedule a class for you.

 

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