First Shots Handgun - Bay 8

Date: 
Repeats every year 1 times . Also includes Sun Jun 05 2022, Sun Sep 04 2022.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 9:00am
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 9:00am
Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 9:00am

FIRST SHOTS – HANDGUN

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

PURPOSE – to bring a basic level of skill and confidence in basic handgun safety principles, basic handgun operation and basic handgun marksmanship to gun owners who do not yet have it, as a resource and as a voluntary pre-requisite for other classes, and as a refresher course in basic handgun safety and operation. More live fire intensive than NRA Basic Pistol but in less time (3 hours v. all day)

• The ideal student is one who:
• Is a first time handgun owner or;
• Who has owned one or more handguns and has never learned how to safely/properly operate and fire them; • Who has not fired their handgun in several years and wants a refresher course in basic handgun safety and

operation.
Rounds 
– 200 rounds maximum

Handgun – any standard handgun in any handgun caliber – no rifle caliber handguns

HANDGUN MUST ARRIVE AT RANGE UNLOADED AND MAGAZINES OUT, handgun in a zippered pistol case or original box and separate from magazines and ammunition.

ITEMS NEEDED

  1. Handgun;

  2. 2 magazines (or 2 speedloaders, if revolver) minimum;

  3. Zippered, or original case for handgun;

  4. Range bag (may be any small bag, briefcase or other container that zips or snaps closed, does not have to be a

    bag specifically made for shooting) capable of holding handgun in the zippered case or original box, magazines,

    ammunition and accessories separate from the handgun;

  5. 150 rounds of ammunition, same caliber as handgun;

  6. Eye Protection;

  7. Hearing Protection;

  8. Closed toed shoes such as sneakers, hiking shoes and/or boots. No sandals or open toed shoes whatsoever;

  9. High collar tshirt – v necks and low cut shirts not permitted, to prevent ejected shell case burns;

  10. Baseball style hat or visor;

  11. Water, sunscreen snacks etc.;

LESSON PLAN

ARRIVING AT THE RANGE – HANDGUN MUST ARRIVE AT THE RANGE UNLOADED Loaded vs. Unloaded & why (covers general and PMRPC specific rule)
Bringing gun to firing line
Safe tables

SAFETY BRIEFING

• 30 minute safety briefing and “Blue Gun Only” Demonstration
➢ Rules of safe handgun handling, all basic safe handling principles but with heavy emphasis of ➢ Safe muzzle direction
➢ Finger off trigger
➢ Range Etiquette
➢ Safe storage principles (home, car and other)

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➢ Multipurpose Range Flag (green/red) reinforcement

➢ Dominant eye check

  • Live Gun Handling on a common firing line

  • Safely loading and unloading the handgun

  • Operation of handgun controls such as manual safeties

    MALFUNCTIONS

    What to do in case of malfunction

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LIVE FIRE

➢ Types of malfunctions
finger off trigger

safe muzzle direction Stovepipe
Failure to extract
Double feed

➢ Misfire/hangfire/squib ➢ Clearing magazine
➢ Clearing chamber
➢ Safety principles

➢ What to do if you cannot clear weapon
➢ Getting assistance (don’t ever be afraid to get help/call for help)

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  • Basic sight alignment to target

  • Basic handgun grip and marksmanship skills

    ➢ Single Hand strong side shooting grip ➢ Two handed grip

Thumbs forward
Thumbs down
Never cross thumbs across back of a handgun

➢ Non- dominant single hand shooting grip (if shooter feels they can try this) 20 rounds max on this.

  • Flinching

  • Trigger control – surprise break v. slapping v. ambushing the trigger break

  • Other basic skills which in my discretion the student needs to reinforce and practice on their own

    LEAVING THE RANGE – HANDGUN MUST LEAVE THE RANGE UNLOADED

    • Safe Unloading

    • Casing/bagging

    • Transporting

    • Invitation/Call to Action to obtain further training from different instructors and different perspectives.

      QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

 

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Class is free to club members, $45 for non-members. 

Contact Joe Mitchell, jmmitchell.3@gmail.com