Training is important not only for the new firearms owner, but also essential for the seasoned owner. For the new firearm owner training allows for mistakes to be made under supervision and a chance to modify bad behavior before that behavior is set in stone. Obtaining training as a new firearms owner also allows for you to gain knowledge about the firearm and its use, which makes you an informed owner.
For the seasoned firearms owner, training allows you to be observed while handling your firearm which not only puts you under pressure to preform but also allows for your bad habits to be observed and corrected. Training also challenges the seasoned firearms owner to try new techniques and look at problems with a new light.
Both the new firearms owner and the seasoned owner can benefit from Basic Firearms classes. The basic classes, such as our NRA Basic Shotgun or Pistol classes, allow the student to work from the ground up. New firearm owners will receive training in nomenclature and hands on practice that is needed to be a safe firearms owner. For the seasoned owner you get a chance to return to the basics and work on the fundamentals. Without the fundamentals, you cannot safely or effectively deploy a firearm be it for entertainment such as target practice or in self-defense.
If looking for something other than the basics, classes such as the Defensive Shotgun or Handgun classes will challenge the student to work with their firearm platform beyond just basic handling. The Defensive Class allows the student to use their firearm platform in a defensive roll such as engaging multiple targets, reloading drills, malfunction clearances, and working with the platform from either the holster or the sling and problem solving.
Many are resistant to take firearm training classes as they fill they will be intimidated by the other shooters or fail. A majority of the time the other students attending the class are there for the same reason you are, to learn. As far as failure, your instructor is there to assist you in performing to the best of your abilities and they are there to observe and correct any issues that arrive. As with anything new, arrive with an open mind and a willingness to learn and you will succeed.
Another reason many fail to attend training is the cost. Training can be expensive, so we recommend looking at plenty of training companies prior to the making your decision. Your money is hard earned and you should get the best value for your money. When searching training look at what is provided, the experience of the instructor and the reviews by former students. As with anything, the lowest cost may not be the best option. If you are looking at giving training as a gift, may companies have gift certificates available year round. Most companies will require a down payment to hold your spot, this payment can help to offset the cost of the training as the entire amount is not needed immediately.