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Old 07-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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Interesting day at the range the other day. I was able to assist a young man and his wife learn some basics about pistol shooting with just some simple tips about sight alignment, breath control and throw in some old school bullseye shooting for a confidence builder. The young man was becoming frustrated because he couldn't get group sizes down to a size to he was comfortable with and hadn't been able to find anyone to help him learn to shoot. After just a short time in showing him some basics. he was able to keep a pretty impressive grouping. After we were done shooting I was talking to him and his wife and found out their home had been broken into and they both felt the need to be able to protect themselves but didn't know where to go for help and had been on the receiving end of some bad info given by the "expert" that sold them the gun reference accuracy, caliber etc. We all know the type, mall ninja/special ops wannabe/tacticool jerk. But at least now they know where to go to get some good instruction (local range has a pretty good NRA program). So keep in mind when you're doing your gun thing, you never know who's watching!!!!
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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Good for you, HPConvert, to make yourself available to help out. During my young and formative shooting years the most helpful, gratifying, and encouraging experiences I had were when older or just more experienced shooters showed some interest in helping me develop my skills. I haven't had many opportunities to do the same, but things may change a bit now that I have more time to devote to the discipline. Following the trauma and anxiety of having your domicile violated the calm, seasoned, and patient person who can just comprehend the need on the part of the victim to develop some semblance of self defense skill is worth all the mall ninjas and special ops wannabees in existence. One of the most revealing comments I ever heard from one of my colleagues speaking to a group of women who had been rape victims was when he fully gave them permission to buy a gun and learn how to use it. And he persisted with his invitation despite the protests of the incensed grasseaters in the audience who tried at that point to shout him down. He ended up getting the applause.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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Well done hpconvert. Like romeofoxtrot, I appreciated guidance from older and experienced people when taking on new endevours.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:32 PM   #4
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Good job, hpconvert! Good to have you out there negating the wannabes. Need more like you out there, thanks!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #5
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Great job,hpconvert. That's what it's all about, taking the time and the interest in getting newbies off to a good start. As a Certified NRA Instructor for over 30 yrs, allow me to suggest that you take the NRA Certification course to become an Instructor yourself. You obviously have the personal attributes that would make you a fine instructor. The NRA and the shooting public needs guys like you.......
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:54 AM   #6
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During my 2X LEO career I always stressed private gun ownership with training. The local PD has a civilian training program that is good, but county residents lacked the access. As a State Police/FBI-trained instructor I extended my help to interested person for basic training and weapon recommendations. Very well recieved thru the local community Organizations.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:18 AM   #7
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GREAT effort on your part bubbinator. There's no telling how many lives you have affected in a positive way. NOT many local PDs, or LEOs go outta their way to educate/train civilians in firearm ownership/handling. You both deserve kudos.........
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