What Is Gun 101
Written by Guest Contributor,
in Section Safety And Education
What is 'Gun 101' and who does it benefit?
When people see my website and see that I offer a 'Gun 101' course. Often they ask, 'Do I need that class?' Here is my response to that question..... Gun 101 fills a HUGE need that is out there for people that want and need to learn about handguns. For those that want to get a license to carry concealed, live in a home with firearms, or just are interested, curious, or even afraid of guns, Gun 101 is for YOU! I even recommend it for children (10 and up) as well as to those that HAVE shot before, or 'know a bit about guns', but have had no formal training. Gun 101 is the bridge that exists between knowing nothing or 'something' about handguns, and becoming a 'proficient' and SAFE shooter. And that my friends, is why I recommend it to MOST people!
There is such a noticeable difference between CHL students that have first taken my Gun 101 and those that have not. My Gun 101 graduates, recognize it as well. 101 students go from knowing 'nothing' or 'something,' to knowing a good bit about a variety of types and calibers as well as having an excellent grasp of safe handling practices and habits.
Another BIG benefit is that they have a great idea of how to SHOP for a gun that meets their needs and experience level (ESPECIALLY if they are getting their CHL and want a concealed carry weapon or want to purchase a firearm for home protection). Many people make the mistake of thinking they have to have their firearm FIRST before taking the class (or even the CHL class), and that is oftentimes a costly one.
They end up purchasing a firearm that is not right for them and then needing to buy another to really meet the needs they have individually. If you already have a gun, you STILL should take 101, as you will learn what you need to know to be safe and proficient with yours as well as with a variety of others. So what IS Gun 101 and what could you expect if you take that course? You will spend time in the classroom learning about the parts of a gun, how they work and operate, and how to handle them safely and correctly (including ammo issues, gun jams, loading, cleaning, etc.).
Gun 101 students use training aids to practice several common techniques necessary to be a competent shooter and a safe handler of a firearm. You will discuss the fundamentals of marksmanship, range safety rules and other information about common types, sizes and things to consider when choosing a gun such as the things to do, ask, and try BEFORE making a gun purchase. In addition, you will learn about and discuss the pros and cons of different weapons as well as what it takes to maintain proficiency as a shooter an/or a concealed carry holder.
You also get to go out to the shooting range (the FUN part;-) and practice what was learned in the classroom with a variety of guns. The students actually handle and shoot several popular concealed carry sizes and types, as well as some larger models that are typically used for CHL qualification or other situations (a longer barrel length 9 mm, a .45 and or a 357 Magnum). This gives each person more of a broad range of experience with handguns as well as creating an opportunity to develop a preference or liking for one or another that best suits them or their needs.
Texas Shooting StarYounger students can begin shooting smaller caliber handguns (a .22 pistol, for example) and any other size that is age and ability appropriate. Regardless of the ones they actually shoot, they are trained on the safe handling of them all, which is of great benefit to children in concealed carry households or those in homes with firearms present. Education is often the VERY BEST 'gun safe.' This goes for adults, too! Those that are considering getting their CHL are now informed and prepared enough to do so, and those that felt they knew nothing about guns, no longer feel that way.
As a matter of fact, most feel very confident that they have become safer, more knowledgeable and competent with firearms. Those that came with fears, usually leave only fearing a person that has not had a Gun 101 class and has a firearm...they generally are no longer afraid themselves. Those that feel like they have had some limited training or exposure, leave the class feeling informed, prepared, and knowledgeable and competent and well as feeling like their horizons were broadened and they no longer have 'gaps' or 'holes' in their education or experience. Gun 101 is a GREAT class for MOST people.
I cannot recommend it enough, and do believe that if you choose to take it, you will feel like it was most definitely time well spent. Hope to see you in class! Until next time, Vicki Hanak Female firearms instructor, wife, mother, supporter of the 2nd amendment and personal protection education. Texas Star Shooting.