NRA Basic Pistol Instruction: Friends and family?

NRA Basic Pistol Instruction: Friends and family?

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    NRA Basic Pistol Instruction: Friends and family?

    I am going to be taking my NRA basic pistol instructors course in about a month. Once the process is complete, assuming I pass everything required and then setup the proper insurance and legal documentation, I have thought about having my first class be a "friends and family" class to work out how I personally will instruct before moving on to open classes. Is there anything in the instructor rules against teaching direct family members or close friends and certifying them in the course to be used for them to apply for a CCW permit (state of Ohio)?


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    Nothing in the NRA rules. In fact we encourage it, because your first class will probably be a bit rough around the edges, getting familiar with lesson plans, policy, and teaching methods. Your family members most likely will not be afraid to tell you what you need to work on and fix. However, you should ask Ohio since they run the concealed program in the state and see if you can teach family or is it a conflict of interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Nothing in the NRA rules. In fact we encourage it, because your first class will probably be a bit rough around the edges, getting familiar with lesson plans, policy, and teaching methods. Your family members most likely will not be afraid to tell you what you need to work on and fix. However, you should ask Ohio since they run the concealed program in the state and see if you can teach family or is it a conflict of interest.
    I completely agree. Although this is a really good course, as you do a few classes you will refine your techniques and friends and family are a great way to start. Also, it is considered tacky to charge mom for the course. Brother in law, that is a different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius View Post
    I completely agree. Although this is a really good course, as you do a few classes you will refine your techniques and friends and family are a great way to start. Also, it is considered tacky to charge mom for the course. Brother in law, that is a different story.
    Hah, Mamma already has her permit or I'd be giving her a freebie

    Good to know, I was hoping to be able to start this way with people I know to get tips and work out the kinks. Thanks!

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    You can also practice presenting the class to an empty room and video it. The key here is be prepared , know the material, teach the class so the least experienced of your students will "get it". That way you won't be teaching over their heads. One word of caution here, and I don't mean this in a derogatory way at all, on the range ,watch the women carefully. They like to turn around with the gun in their hand and sweep everybody there. Not all, but many. I know one instructor that puts on a vest to teach the women. That being said, you will also find that they will out shoot alot of the men. Good luck.
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    My friends and family get ALL of my classes first. Great way to work on timing.
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    Nope, not a problem so long as the course meets the NRA's requirements for the certificate, and Ohio's training requirements. But, I am not a lawyer, be sure to verify that.

    Out of curiosity, who is your training counselor? You can PM me if you don't want it on the general forum.
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    I was looking last year to become a pistol instructor. I believe I would be very good at it since I have no problem talking in front of a group of people.

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    The first time I taught any NRA course, I paid another seasoned Instructor to assist me. We also split up the instruction.

    The advantages:

    - You play off each other.
    - You learn from how the other person does it.
    - You build your own self-confidence.
    - You refine your own teaching techniques.

    Two years ago I created a "MA Gun Law Seminar". Since it is one-of-a-kind, I invited a firearms attorney, a couple of firearms Instructors, my Wife (a firearms owner) and a few others to attend and critique a trial run (free). Regrettably only one firearms Instructor (who is also a very long time friend) and my Wife were able to attend due to other commitments, but the critique was invaluable. I went back and reworked the presentation, improving it tremendously. I have probably run that seminar 30-50 times now and the presentation is extremely smooth. If you have the knack for teaching, you will get better and better (as well as more self-confident) as you get more experience with it.
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