My Son Kevin

Kevin on top of worldAttached is a picture my son Kevin has sent me.  I thought to share it with you. Kevin is on the far right.  It looks like they are on top of the world, yet so much at risk.

Kevin also tells me, “we came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and we ran out of bubblegum”. I will send him bubble gum for his birthday.

2013 IWLA NRA Rifle Instructor Class Receives Completion Certificates

NRA-R-I-2013-1This class was developed to provide NRA Certified Rifle Instructor candiditaes with the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and teaching safe rifle shooting activities. This course is fourteen (14) or more hours and was conducted in both the classroom and on the range. Over 20 students successfully completed the course and have applied to the NRA for Instructor Certification.

Ladies Basic Pistol Class

IMG_3283Our second Women On Target/Ladies Only NRA Basic Pistol Class of the year completed today. This class, and the next class were booked full.  An enjoyable learning experience was had by all.

About the course: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

It hasn’t always been easy for women to break into the world of shooting sports. But now with organized programs for women, by the women of the NRA, it’s as easy as can be. Whether a woman’s interest is personal safety, gun safety, gun knowledge, marksmanship, hunting, or recreational or competitive shooting, the NRA has a variety of programs and activities that all encourage female participation at all skill levels.

June Basic Pistol Instructor Class

Basic Pistol InstructorThe recently completed June NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course was another success.

To qualify as an NRA Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

NRA Instructor ratings are composed of two parts.

  1.  You have to have completed 6 hours of NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT), utilizing the NRA Trainer’s Guide. During this portion, candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team and training aids, organizing a course, building a budget, and finally preparing to teach.
  2. Once you have completed BIT you have to have discipline specific training which is an additional 4 to 16 additional hours, depending on the discipline. During this portion, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal.

Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates’ performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies learned during the BIT.

Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.

Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates, basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Trainer’s Examination and NRA discipline specific instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90%).

NRA Certified Instructors are expected to:
• Conduct NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA
• Uphold the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA
• Promote firearm safety and the shooting sports
• Report training data to NRA

To enrol in a NRA Instructor Course, consult our training schedule.

Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor Prep Course III

Maryland-FlagFinal Course Scheduled

August 8 1830-2200        Classroom, Part I
August 9 1830-2200        Classroom, Part II
August 11 0800-1300      PPC Course & Classroom Part III

The goal of the Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor Course is to provide experienced handgun instructors the opportunity to review the class, complete the Practical Police Course, receive a completion certificate, then submit an application for Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor certification.

Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructors (MSPQHI’s) are empowered (COMAR 29.03.02.13) to administer and certify training, before handgun permits are issued or renewed, for certain individuals, including;   Holders of a Special Police Commission, Uniformed Security Guards, Special Railway Police, Watchman, Private Detectives and their Employees and Bank and Armored Car Guards.

Policies supporting recently enacted legislation may also require that all new handgun owners receive training from a certified Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructor.

More information & register here.

NRA Basic Pistol Class

IMG_3091ANother NRA Basic Pistol Class was completed today.

About the course: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor Prep Course II

Maryland-FlagNote: This course has already been completed. 
Just announced and in demand due to the success of our previous course.This course will provide experienced handgun instructors the opportunity to review the class, complete the Practical Police Course, receive a completion certificate, then submit an application for Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor certification.

Prerequisit: One year experience instructing in the care, safety and use of a handgun.

Consider a Ladies Only Basic Pistol Class

It hasn’t always been easy for women to break into the world of shooting sports. But now with organized programs for women, by the women of the NRA, it’s as easy as can be. Whether a woman’s interest is personal safety, gun safety, gun knowledge, marksmanship, hunting, or recreational or competitive shooting, the NRA has a variety of programs and activities that all encourage female participation at all skill levels.

About the course: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

Dont miss out.  Enroll today!