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Understanding basic firearm operations, especially for your personal defense weapon, is extremely important. Most core classes will concentrate on items such as clearing the firearm, addressing a jam, failure to feed, misfires, and more. Students must be able to confidently address common failures, how to correct them, and how to return their firearm back into an operational mode. Students will encounter real-life situations during drill practices so they may improve on their skills.
During the course of your class, our instructors will describe, demonstrate, and execute standard and advanced firearm drills which help students improve on their accuracy, shot placement, and basic firearm techniques; all geared to build on a sound foundation.
Students move from basic skills to advanced skills, allowing them to understand the importance of dry fire and live fire practice exercises. Students improve their proficiency, develop fine motor skills, and develop better marksmanship skills.
Dry Fire exercises are performed in the classroom and out at the range. "Dry Fire" means there is no "live ammunition" in the firearm. Dry fire exercises develop basic operational skills, breath control, site picture, site focus, site alignment, and trigger control. The student's natural aiming alignment is focused upon as well as their natural arc of movement and keeping the firearm as still as possible when taking their shot. Dry fire exercises allow instructors to observe mistakes students are making allowing instructors to provide invaluable tips to help improve the student's handling of their firearm. Equally important, dry fire exercises allow instructors to spot and correct bad habits before they in grained in the students handling of a firearm.
Safe gun handling is a key concept for every student to learn correctly from the beginning. Whether you are new to firearms or a seasoned veteran, learning the key safety rules are paramount before using live ammunition. Some of the core lessons taught include:
Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
Always point the firearm in a safe direction
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
Always keep the firearm unloaded when not in use
Every class we conduct eventually ends up with some range time which include live-fire exercises. Many beginning students are naturally nervous at this stage, especially if they have never shot a firearm, but their concerns tend to vanish quickly one they have fired a few rounds.
Our firearm instructors take their time to ensure safety is always in the forefront of every shooting event. Basic pistol classes are not designed to be a marksman class nor are targets used which have a bulls eye. Our advanced classes do tend to shoot targets with a bulls eye but these are more advanced classes where students are already experienced with their firearms.