As I explained in another post last month, buying a gun doesn't make you a safe and responsible shooter any more than buying a motorcycle makes you a safe and responsible biker. Guns are just machines; they're neither good nor evil, not harmless or dangerous until they're placed into the hands of a human being. NRA firearms courses emphasize that the two most common causes of gun tragedies are ignorance and carelessness. Taking care and practicing safe handling with your gun
I will start by admitting I had no idea who he was when I was introduced to "John" in my NRA Personal Defense Inside the Home Instructor course at Hirt's Defensive Solutions in White, GA. Having taken several classes there, I knew from experience that the other students come from all walks of life and possess a wealth of experience, both on and off the range. But regardless of their previous firearms experience, most students I'd taken courses with were essentially like me: g
In my NRA Basic Pistol classes, one thing we cover extensively is how to select your very first pistol (or handgun) as a new gun owner. With the wide range of gun makers, models, and calibers, it can be overwhelming to try and choose the gun that best fits your needs and budget.
The very first question I ask my students is: how do you plan to use this gun? A person who intends to carry a pistol concealed in an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster will probably pick a differen