View Full Version : Completed NRA Basic pistol training course today.....

January 14, 2008, 12:47 AM
hello all,

In my persuit of a better undertstanding of firearm/pistol safety I completed a course out here in Long Island with a really fun and cool instructor.
Got there at 3pm and left by 6:30pm.....

I asked a ton of questions, got a free gun lock, some pamphlets and books on gun safety, learned how to operate a Glock 19, load, unload, disassemble, clean and reassemble.

The best part of the class was the live fire practice.......I wish I had taken video or still photos to show my buddies lol, but anyway, I got to have some fun and fired off like 110+ 9mm rounds through the instructors Glock 19.

In the end I'm not sure if I'll ever buy a Glock though, but I'll be shopping for a Beretta or Kahr when the time comes....

January 14, 2008, 01:13 AM
Glad you did have fun.
Lots of stuff to know out there and taking classes gives you a jump start on a life time of learning.

January 14, 2008, 01:31 AM
Yep, and the instructor was a really cool guy too, and I can see him and I being shootin buddies......I'm gonna try to take his intermediate and advanced classes also when the dough rolls in....

January 14, 2008, 08:26 PM
Way to go. The instructor make a huge difference.

January 14, 2008, 08:50 PM
Same here. Did a local class back in December in order to get my CHL and the instructor really made it enjoyable. Especially since I hadn't been shooting in quite a while it was nice to get a refresher course in the basics and to update my grip and stance.

Don Lu
January 14, 2008, 08:58 PM
Good for you..BUT..Dont rule out GLOCKS, they are great....did you save your target ? was this your first shoot ? I still have my first target...What a difference from then and now. I started w/the G23 (I know, not he best first time gun but i didnt know any better) bought one about 2 weeks after my class and been in love ever since..I think b/c I was so terrible w/it the first time, I was determined to buy one and get good w/it. No regrets its my favorite....But whatever you choose, good shooting and have fun !

January 14, 2008, 09:07 PM

I looked thru the Glock catalog and kinda like the .45 ACP Glock 21C

it'll be on the shopping list once my NYC pistol permit comes in, if ever lol....

yeah i saved all my targets.... I also read thru the textbooks I got from class, and am beginning to see what I am doing wrong with my shooting technique.....

gotta practice...

January 14, 2008, 09:19 PM
Okay, no cheating. Name the four "commandments" of gun safety. :)

January 14, 2008, 10:21 PM
point in safe direction

keep finger off trigger until ready to shoot

keep gun unloaded till ready to fire.....

forgot the last one......wait there are 3

January 14, 2008, 10:44 PM
First Rule: All guns are considered loaded.

January 14, 2008, 11:29 PM
forgot the last one......wait there are 3FAIL!!

Just kidding. :D

Congrats on getting off to a good start. And I second the Glock recommendation, though it's best to try a variety of guns, if possible, and pick the one that you feel most comfortable with. Good luck!

chris in va
January 15, 2008, 12:38 AM
keep gun unloaded till ready to fire.....


Jeez, I've really been blowing that one out of the water.

January 15, 2008, 07:31 AM
The biggie I was looking for was "know your target & what's beyond". That's so often discussed (or forgotten) on these forums.
Treat all guns as loaded
Finger off trigger until ready to shoot,
keep gun unloaded till ready to fire..... is a given, at least as far as the basic course goes.
Keep the muzzle in a safe direction.
~ just wanted to let you know that I didn't ask without knowing~
Be safe!

January 15, 2008, 11:10 PM
Thanks tanzer....

those points were covered in class