Well after months of thinking about it ,I finally went thru the course Sat.
I want to express my opinions (My opinions) and perspective on the class.
I am not unexperienced with firearms. Been shooting for 30+ years.
I went thru the Ohio Peace officers training and was certified in revolver 20 years ago.
I have owned ,shot, and dismantled many firearms.
With that said, Im not an expert or do I know it all ,nor am I the worlds best shot.
As far as the class goes my instructor was OK, not the best ...not the worst. On a scale of 1-10 ten being the best I would say she was a 7.
I do have a couple concerns that I will bring up and ask that you post your thoughts on them as well.
First lets talk about the guns used for certification. IMO I dont believe that you should be able to use a 22 to qualify unless that is the gun youre going to carry.
There were many in my class that brought 22 autos to shoot, but I doubt they will carry for personal protection.
This would be hard to regulate but I think they are being served a(as well as the public) an injustice by letting them train with a gun they will never carry (theres a BIG difference in shooting a 22 auto and a 9MM or a sbub 38.)
This seems to nbe happening more and more and Ive heard comments that "oh just take a 22 and you'll ace the course"
We shot at 15 ft and 24 feet at a paper plate.
The is not a tuff distance with most combat handguns.
Secondly we had a diverse group. There was some that I worry will be carrying soon.
I question my ability at times to shoot in stressful situations,and folks these people (some) scared me.
Im not sure what the answer is and I may be hated for this comment, but maybe we shouldnt be arming everyone?
Maybe there needs to be a little more strengent process to qualify.
I know a lot of LEO that are against concealed carry. After my experience Sat I cant say I agree, but cant blame them either.
During one part of the class the discussion turned to shooting a person. There was a lot of testosterone flying around with no regard to responsibility or liability.
I made the commitment that I was just going to sit and listen and not be an armchair qtrback during the class.
But I had to speak up at that point and tell the class that owning a firearm and having a permit to carry does not exclude you from criminal and civil liability if you have to shoot someone.
I went on to say that if you have to squeeze the trigger on another breathing soul it better be the right reason with no other option, or you could spend the next 20 years in the pokey being a "significant other" to a guy named Tyrone.
Smiles turned to frowns and the class went on.
I really think more time needs to be spent on the responsibilty and seriousness of carrying a gun.
We spent 30 minutes on proper cleaning of gun?
Anyway the thoughts and opinions expessed here may not be reflected by all but I had to express them.