I’ve completed the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor class

I spent the last two days at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center learning how to be an NRA pistol instructor. I’ve now got to wait 6 to 8 weeks for my paperwork to come back. After that I have to submit the paperwork to get my certificate to teach the NC Concealed Handgun Permit course.

My favorite type of firearms training is teaching people how to take those first shots. I will probably never be qualified to teach people how to run and gun, and even if I was, I can’t imagine that it would be as fun as teaching a person how to take his or her first shots safely.

Now I have to start collecting equipment for class. If anyone knows of any deals from manufacturers, let me know. The instructors suggest that I have both a double action and a single action revolver for the show and tell section of the class. It’s hard to teach about the different types of guns without actually having one to show them.

One handed shooting is no longer a mandatory part of the Basic Pistol class, but they made sure we could teach it. That meant we all had to shoot it. We stood at 5 yards and fired 10 shots for score.

I think I did all right.

9 responses to “I’ve completed the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor class

  1. Sean,

    Congrats on the cert!!!

    I have a lot of info for you regarding instructor’s discounts… Email me

  2. Well Done!
    I remember your first shooting lesson. You hated the Lama, said it was nasty, and made a nasty noise but you kept at it.

    One of a parents fondest moments is when the child, takes what he was taught and builds upon it and exceeds anything his parent could ever imagine. or achieve him/herself.

  3. Awesome!

    It is on my list of things to do soon too. I want to pick up the NRA Range Safety Officer qual too… It is inexpensive and can be done via mail. Seems like a nice credential to have when volunteering. I’ll never catch up with Heather it seems though…

    I know Ruger offers instructor discounts. For SA revolvers, Heather has a SA Uberti in .22 LR. It was inexpensive, is a good plinker, and looks like one of the “old west” six shooters. Very non-threatening and fun.

  4. Dad,
    How strange that I didn’t like the Llama .380 when I first started. I remember loving that gun. It was sized just perfectly to fit my hand and didn’t have that awful trigger that your Colt Python had. I’m still not really fond of wheelguns. I need to get one so I can practice with one.

  5. Maybe I spooked you with my instruction. Keep your grip low or the slide will bite you. As far as the Python is concerned, your brother could always out shoot you, with it but he outshot me as well, and it was my bloody gun. I don’t know but we put a lot of lead down range, all three of us. Glad you are carrying on from there

  6. Sean D Sorrentino

    Dad, yeah, Brian never seemed to miss. Maybe I was scared of it at first, but I sure got over it.

  7. Congratulations, Sean, and thanks for your efforts here!

  8. Sean, Congratulations. Don (your instructor trainer) can help you on several special manufacturing offerings. I teach locally also. Give me a shout! Marc