TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CLASS
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLASS
As consumers, we’ve done this a million times before. When we need to find a good restaurant, a decent gym, or even a bakery—we do our research. We cannot do less when looking for a handgun class. The internet can be a valuable resource for information. Make sure you pick the right class for your level of proficiency. Read reviews and consider the intensity and pace of the class you wish to take. Most importantly, make certain that the instructors you choose and the companies they represent are reputable.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT GUN
For many women novice shooters, their choices of firearms are limited to those already available to them. Most times, they are the guns that their husbands or boyfriends have. Fear not. Your class experience and time on the range will either confirm or invalidate your choice. You will either like your firearm or hate it, and from there, you can make a more informed selection, if necessary. To those ladies who have a broader range of options, your selection should depend on how the gun fits your hand, caliber and ease of use. Any instructor worth his salt should be more than willing to discuss options and possible recommendations as to the perfect firearm for you. Do not be afraid to contact him/her ahead of time to obtain answers to any questions or concerns you may have. This advice also applies to other associated gear (e.g. holster, belt, magazine pouches, etc.).
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Quoting Shakespeare’s Henry V, “All things are ready if our minds be so…” Our mental state and readiness can never be underestimated. We all have biases and prejudices. It is imperative that we remain impartial and receptive to the content of the class. Preconceived notions tend to hamper a novice shooter’s advancement. Park your fears and your inhibitions and leave them at home. You have all that is necessary to succeed within you. Soak up all you can of this new experience … you might just find yourself wanting more.
END OF THE DAY
The commitment to achieving proficiency in the use of firearms does not end with one class. Just as with any newly acquired skill, if we wish to further improve, or at least preserve what we have learned, we need to spend the time to do so. We need not spend all our weekends at the range, but even the periodic manipulation and dry-fire at home can work wonders. The path to self-improvement is never easy, but the effort seems well worth the peace of mind knowing that our families are well-protected.