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Old 11-12-2015, 06:31 PM
Adam Helmer Adam Helmer is offline
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Location: Mansfield, PA
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My CCW Classes are full up....

I am a Certified Firearms Instructor in all disciplines. My current activity is handgun training and business is good. Some folks seek instruction before they buy a handgun and others buy a handgun and want to learn how to use it for CCW or home defense; both are valid pursuits.

For those seeking a first handgun, I opt for a double action revolver with adjustable sights in caliber .38 Special. Any person who ever fired a cap gun or water pistol can successfully employ a DA revolver. Some current semi-auto handguns have a confusing array of decocking levers, safties, etc., that confuse a novice under stress. Under stress, keep it simple.

Many novices are self conscious and a public range is a poor place to conduct initial training because other shooters may offer advice. Also, the other shooters are distracting. Fortunately, I have a hilly wooded farm of 60 acres where my 7 ranges accommodate training. My novice classes are small, the B-27 silhouette target is close at 5 yards and sessions are short.

Initial shooting is with a DA .22 revolver. The student always has eye and ear protection and I often use the "Ball & Dummy" drill of loading the revolver with an empty chamber or two to detect flinches. Later sessions see the B-27 moved to 7 and then 10 yards.

PA has over 500,000 CCW people. I like to think I helped a few along the way.

Adam Helmer
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:50 PM
Dan Morris Dan Morris is offline
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Location: Lakewood, Colorado
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Keep it up, instruction is fun and necessary.
Lifes not meant to be a journey to the grave with the intentions of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thouroughly used up, totally wore out,loudly proclaiming....
WOW.....WHAT A RIDE.......
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:56 PM
Adog Adog is offline
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Location: Arkansas
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My dream job right there.
People need to know how to defend themselves, seems like more are realizing that nowadays. Good on you sir, for helping them.
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