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Another Training Error I Made

Some years back, friends whom I had trained advanced in their training, and obtained certification to teach CCW in Arizona.  They encouraged me to do the same, and on multiple occasions we trained small groups of students to apply for their permits.  These were good times.

But I marred one of our last teaching sessions.  And I was alleged to be the more experienced teacher and shooter!

This was when Arizona required 16 hours (usually taught over two days) including range time, to complete the written and field test for qualification.  I was pretty full of myself.  Cocky.  And had expectations students had been as steeped in MY old school thinking:  Col. Cooper, calibers beginning with the number 4, that sort of thing.

We asked the students to bring in their choice of firearm for the range qualification (to check for safety), and one young gentleman brought in a Beretta model 21 Bobcat, in .25 ACP.

I, unfortunately, commented negatively on his choice of firearm, and caliber.  I did stop short of questioning his manhood, however.  He did mention he wanted to purchase a J-Frame .38 Smith, and I applauded that as a better choice.  And the next day @ quals, that’s what he had.  And I spent extra time familiarizing him with the revolver, technique, and getting him qualified.

After the class, Stan (of Karmann and Stan, my students turned teachers) took me aside and gently suggested that my approach was wrong, that perhaps we shouldn’t beat up students.

And he was right, of course.

Never question another’s choice of firearm.  It might not be YOUR choice, but so what?  As long as it’s safe, appropriateness  can be discussed in class, generally.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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3 thoughts on “Another Training Error I Made

  1. I agree to a point, the best gun to have is one that you will actually carry. I don’t think that there is anything wrong in pointing a friend to much more informed decision. This could mean their life.

    Posted by siddhartha | June 30, 2012, 11:29 am
  2. What Siddhartha said. Get ’em trained & using what they have, and then discuss possible upgrades … “you know, for when you get your next pistol…”

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 30, 2012, 12:13 pm
  3. +1 on Sid’s comment…

    Posted by Old NFO | June 30, 2012, 12:33 pm

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