How many would/would've paid for a "How To Clean Your Gun" class

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    How many would/would've paid for a "How To Clean Your Gun" class

    Just curious why I don't see gun shops offering this. When I was new, I would have gladly paid for a one on one cleaning instruction. Nothing fancy, just actually sit there and clean MY gun with me. Instead you either get just the book or an quick field strip demo. I find myself now helping all of my newbie shooter friends with theirs. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

    Anyway, if you chose yes on the poll how much would you have paid for this? Maybe some dealers will take a hint.
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    The basics of handgun cleaning are done in all my concealed classes.
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    I probably wouldn't pay what they would need to charge for it.
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    Nope, with the great (and sometimes not so great) videos on You-Tube and all of you guys here to help answer questions, I see no reason to pay anybody to walk me through it...

    Now, if only I could pay somebody to search for springs that might be, well, anywhere.
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    IMHO that's a service that any good gunshop should be willing to provide under the umbrella of general firearm education......especially as part of a firearm sale.

    One more reason to support the knowledgeable pros at your local gunshop, rather than the clerks at Wally World et. al.

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    I voted no. I grew up around guns, so I was taught when I was young about cleaning them. My kids learned about cleaning them before they were old enough to get them dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I probably wouldn't pay what they would need to charge for it.
    Hmmm. I wouldn't think that it'd take more than 1/2 hour and cost more than $20 or so. Not thinking that it should make them rich, but just in the name of getting more business by being newbie friendly. Perhaps I'm delusional. God knows it wouldn't be the first time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    Nope, with the great (and sometimes not so great) videos on You-Tube and all of you guys here to help answer questions, I see no reason to pay anybody to walk me through it...

    Now, if only I could pay somebody to search for springs that might be, well, anywhere.
    I got to get me a magnetic tray

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    Gotta say no on this one.
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    I took a Glock maintenance class for $75. It was well worth it. Showed me how to break it down to parade rest and put it back together again....very informative....

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    No. Maybe because I was trained as an engineer and thus things that are mechanical come as second nature to me?

    Many guns are different and thus "one size fits all" training won't work.

    I learned by reading the manuals that came with the guns (long before the Internet info became available). Today, that plus the various info you can find online make paying someone for training unnecessary in my eyes.

    I did watch the president of L&R clean guns in ultrasonic tanks (that none of us could afford . . . he was using the commercial ones that will hold a rifle and probably 10 gal of cleaner), but I couldn't really take away any real knowledge from watching that happen.

    At the end of a Second Amendment Sisters session I had a lady ask me to show her how to clean her S&W CS9. I had never touched one of these models, but it was easy for me to clean it and show her what I did. Problem was that she had paid someone to do the same thing for her previously (and she offered me money, I refused and told her to learn how and teach others . . . that was the best payment she could make).

    Many people do NOT learn by watching others, but need to do it themselves. I took that approach in teaching (one-on-one) some clients about computer skills years ago (I printed out a script for them to follow, then let them do it under my watchful eye). That's the ideal way to teach, in my mind, but won't work when someone springs an on-the-spot request on you as was done to me above.

    Belonging to private clubs ever since I got into shooting, if I had/have a question and someone else (experienced) is around, I go to them for help. Likewise I pass it along if a newbie has questions. I never accept money for doing this, just tell them to learn and pass it along to others. Keeping the knowledge flowing is the best payback.

    That's my 25-cents worth (2-cents won't buy you a breath of air anymore ).

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    Interesting that almost all of the comments are for the "nays," but almost half of the votes are for the "yays." Maybe they don't want to admit to being unsure of themselves?
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    I answered no, because the shop I buy from teaches you to field strip and advises on how to clean your weapon unless you tell them you don't need the advice.
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    Yes.

    There was no such thing as YouTube prior to 4 yrs. ago and not everyone comes from a gun tradition household or has had access to military training.
    Further as noted by others this _should_ be covered in either basic firearms training classes and/or that toward a handgun permit but across three such classes I've taken in years past it was on the syllabus for just one and in that class it was skipped. This should also be covered in Basic Hunter Education too but in MA where I took mine it is not.

    IMHO knowing how to properly and generally clean as well as maintain a firearm is just as important as knowing how to handle and discharge it.
    If I were to teach a firearms basics and safety course or were a gun shop I would include as much in my coursework or as a shop offer such a class for a nominal dollar amount to my customers who are newbies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    - Janq learned via books at the library
    Them Evil books!!! Teaching you to defend yourself!!
    Ban books..Wait we tried that one already
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