Summarize: best steps for a newbie handgun shooter for learning to shoot competently

Summarize: best steps for a newbie handgun shooter for learning to shoot competently

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    Question Summarize: best steps for a newbie handgun shooter for learning to shoot competently

    If you were to summarize the best-practices steps a new shooter should go through to learn handling, safety and shooting competency, what elements would you recommend? Consider this is for someone who, say, has firearms experience but not with handguns in the past 20+ years, someone who's seeking to lawfully carry sometime in the next year.

    Links to decent videos, books, classes and general tips welcome.


    (Acquiring some initial larger gun for practice; waiting until a properly fit gun comes along; dry-fire exercises; lots of basic range time until initial accuracy comes along; formal, professional training; whatever.)
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    They could take a class, learn a lot, and I could get paid for teaching them.
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    Practice. Adjust. Practice. Repeat.
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    I'd say a NRA instructor would be a solid first step. It's my observation that people will receive instruction best when delivered by someone seen to be a pro rather than family or friends. Range and firearm safety first.
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    Home practice with a pellet gun helps all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svgheartland View Post
    I'd say a NRA instructor would be a solid first step. It's my observation that people will receive instruction best when delivered by someone seen to be a pro rather than family or friends. Range and firearm safety first.
    I agree with an addition that I feel female instructors are best if the new shooter is a female. NOT ESSENTIAL. I never had a female instructor/range officer, but was extremely fortunate to be given tips and assistance by a couple males who understood the necessary adjustments for female bodies to attain maximum balance and gun control.

    Lots of practice without first thoroughly learning proper stance, sight alignment, shooting for accuracy (not speed at first) etc. etc. can build muscle memory that is very hard to undo.

    I think men can benefit from good instruction also with emphasis on safety, etc.............I dunno................I are not one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    I agree with an addition that I feel female instructors are best if the new shooter is a female. NOT ESSENTIAL. I never had a female instructor/range officer, but was extremely fortunate to be given tips and assistance by a couple males who understood the necessary adjustments for female bodies to attain maximum balance and gun control.

    Lots of practice without first thoroughly learning proper stance, sight alignment, shooting for accuracy (not speed at first) etc. etc. can build muscle memory that is very hard to undo.

    I think men can benefit from good instruction also with emphasis on safety, etc.............I dunno................I are not one.
    I have taught several women to shoot, and understand very well what you mean by teaching proper stance and ballance. Some get it right away and some I have struggled with a way to get them into correct form. More so with a shotgun. DR
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    Look up personal defense network on you tube they are the real deal very good training videos. Good NRA instruction like others have said.....practice
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    Attend a basic pistol class. Then get some one-on-one instruction from a pistol instructor with strong credentials and is well experienced in those skills you want to learn and develop. Ask your one-on-one instructor what books or videos you should get.
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    vigunfighter on youtube has a really good series of videos. get even a cheap airsoft from Wallyworld.
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    Most important things to get right at first? Grip and trigger control. One handed and two handed. If you dont have that down you will always be swimming uphill.
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    Summarize: best steps for a newbie handgun shooter for learning to shoot com...

    I'd say four things:

    Proper two handed grip


    Isosceles stance right off the bat


    Sight picture and flash sighting practice. Maybe even point shooting.

    And trigger discipline/dry fire routines. Learning to exhale before a shot, letting the "shot surprise you", squeezing not jerking the trigger, pulling the trigger right in the middle between the tip and first knuckle joint of your index finger.

    These four should get them started. It did for me.

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    There's a younger guy at work who has approached me about wanting to learn to shoot, buying a weapon, and getting his CHL. Even asked me if I would take him to the Range sometime and teach him to shoot.

    I told him I would take him PROVIDED that if he was serious he first take a beginners safety class. I explained to him, that while it would be easy to go to the Range, load up a pistol and start blasting away, that it would do nothing towards teaching him anything about proper safety, handling, and everything else a Certified Instructor could teach him.

    I gave him the card for the place that I went to for my CHL class, and still go to today for Advanced Handgun classes. He goes to his first class in a few weeks.

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    Reading: In the Gravest Extreme, and Stessfire, both by Massad Ayoob.

    Training: Research what's offered by Marty and Gila Hayes at the Firearms Academy of Seattle, as well as Massad Ayoob Group, and similar.

    Practice: Find a local opportunity to practice defensive shooting competitively, such as IDPA, USPSA or club-level "action" matches the have the shooter moving.
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    Excellent topic!

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    Cannot wait to read more greater posts on this topic.
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