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Old September 18, 2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Know of any free online firearms training courses/certifications?

Though I don't live in Maryland, I took the Department of Public Safety "Firearms training course" online today. I thought it was pretty cool that it was free and they give you a certificate to print out...

Anyone know of any others? Maybe a CCW course that's free or really cheap? I was considering the concealed-carry.net course, but thought $40 was a little steep for an online course that costs them next to nothing.
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Old September 18, 2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Missouri requires "range qualification" as part of any CCW course so I don't think there will be any online courses for CCW in Missouri.

Our "Hunter Safety" course can be taken online (the paper testing) but you still have to attend a short classroom course to earn the certificate.
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Old September 18, 2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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One thing to think about is what one really gains from an online course. If one is interested in actually learning something, an on-line course might not be the best idea.

If an on-line course can satisfy the minimum requirements for some permit or similar, it can serve that limited purpose. But it can't really substitute for a good "on site" class with classroom and range work with a good instructor.
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Old September 18, 2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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I'm already certified and have classroom training. I'm simply looking for free extra credit.

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Old September 18, 2013, 11:36 PM   #5
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If one is interested in actually learning something, an on-line course might not be the best idea.
Not sure I would agree with that, On-line classrooms have been with us for quite a number of years now. Many students are taking on-line classes and getting their degrees (college) from reparable Colleges that are offering them.

Shortly the Illinois State Police will be receiving 300,000 requests or more for Concealed Carry Lic.. It requires 16 hours of training on the use and laws related to firearms. Yes, there is a live fire portion to this training, but think how much more effective it would be for the ISP to have on-line computerized results of those that take the classroom portion. It would reduce the overall cost of the training while giving the necessary instruction. To insure that no one is cheating by having someone else take their test, the test could be administered at a local College with the requirement that one's FOID (it has your picture on it) had to be presented to take a written test. (FOID card is required to even apply for a CCL).

Just a thought to make it easier to exercise our 2A rights.
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Old September 18, 2013, 11:45 PM   #6
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I think a free on line training program would offer much more than limited purpose for those that cant afford personal training at the time. Set up correctly with text and video instruction a person could learn a lot more than not at all. There is no replacement for in person training but my guess is that for every gun owner that can afford higher training there are a 100 that cant.
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Old September 19, 2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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Just for the record, creating an online course does not cost "next to nothing." It actually costs quite a bit of time and effort – and time literally is money for people who build websites. There is also a not-insignificant investment in software, and, of course, the ongoing maintenance attention required from a programmer. Programmer time does not come cheap.

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Old September 19, 2013, 10:48 AM   #8
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I wouldnt expect any free website to be ad free. A lot of money is generated from clickthru web ads
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Old September 19, 2013, 11:01 AM   #9
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Sorry, I just couldn't pass this up, perhaps jim243 took english online. I think the word he was looking for was reputable, meaning well thought of, having a good reputation. Reparable means capable of being repaired, don't think that is what he meant.
Again, sorry, sorry, sorry. It just jumped right off of the page at me.
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Old September 19, 2013, 11:42 AM   #10
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No problem jag2, I is a accountant not a English major, how's that for grammar. (LOL) Dang, my spell checker did it to me again.

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