, there are certain state requirements that have to be met during instruction. Like any formal training event, there’s a mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, interaction with the students, ensuring students comprehend the lessons they are being taught, and allowing plenty of time to practice, ask questions, and review their lesson plan. Classes are essential broken down into logical steps that are built upon throughout the day.
Firearms Safety Lessons
Safety lessons begin with the most basic of firearm safety rules, storage, and
responsibility. Students learn the 3-most fundamental rules of firearm safety followed by
additional rules which are designed to ensure an “accidental” discharge never occurs, an
“innocent” target is never struck, and the responsibility a gun owner has to secure his
weapons in a safe or safety device that cannot be easily accessible by an unauthorized
person. Securing firearms from unauthorized access is extremely important and can
prevent the needless tragedies we have witnessed in the past when an unstable person
goes on a gun shooting spree. In most cases, the guns come from a close family
member’s home or even their own home-the simple act of securing those firearms in a
locked safe could have prevented many of these horrific events.
Understanding your Firearm
If you don’t understand your firearm, how it works, why it works, what size ammunition it takes, can cause serious injury to yourself and others. During this lesson, an overview of basic pistol mechanisms and their operations are discussed. We compare a revolver to a semi-automatic pistol, explain each of their strengths and weaknesses, and then focus on the student’s personal weapon of choice. This is a very interactive time as student’s get to “showcase” their firearm and explain why they prefer it over others (don’t worry, there’s no ammunition allowed in the class and the firearms are checked before being allowed in the class). There is a brief discussion on ammunition, how it works, and the varying types of ammunition, as well as calibers that are available.
Building Shooting Skills
Students who are new to firearms, and even those who have shot in the past, will learn
several basic shooting styles and positions. While inside the class, the students will
conduct “dry-fire” exercises (dry-fire means no live ammunition). They are instructed on
topics such as breath control, hold control, trigger control and more. Students are
taught the most common shooting positions and are asked to practice each of them to
find the one that best fits their comfort level. As we are building up to “live-fire” at the
range, students are provided with information about the common shooting errors that
occur, how to correct them, and how to improve upon their target acquisition. The
lesson closed with a discussion and demonstration of common pistol stoppages and
how to correct them when they occur.
Firearms, Self-Defense, and the Law
Students receive a general over-view of the major federal and state laws that
affect them on a daily basis, the use of reasonable force, the use of deadly-
force, brandishing a weapon, and other related topics.
This lecture satisfies the Idaho Standard Carry and Concealed Weapon License
requirements. Students who are seeking to apply for the Idaho Enhanced Carry