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    Default To take a class or not to take a class

    So I am rather new to the gun world. I hadn't shot a "real" gun until I bought my first handgun. All of the people I go shooting with have been around guns all their lives and have taught me everything they know about safety. I have also done tons of reading online about gun safety and all that. Which brings me to my question, should I still take a training class? I don't have to obtain a CCW permit to carry in my state, and if I do decide I want to take a class how to I go about finding a course that I know is supported by the NRA and not just some guy at a range trying to make a quick buck.

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    Yes, a class would be worth your time. Any class you see advertised, ask if the instructor is NRA certified. Or contact the NRA directly. Hold off on the tactical class type stuff until you are comfortable with your firearm and your skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaffistick View Post
    All of the people I go shooting with have been around guns all their lives and have taught me everything they know about safety.
    Not possible. There is always something to learn.
    I have also done tons of reading online about gun safety and all that.
    Very good. Make this an ongoing thing.
    I do decide I want to take a class how to I go about finding a course that I know is supported by the NRA and not just some guy at a range trying to make a quick buck.
    A NRA Certified instructor will state that they are certified. Ask.

    Should you take a class?

    Yes. No one knows everything, especially when it comes to the legal intricacies of carrying (and, God forbid, using) a concealed firearm.
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    Take a class to learn more about shooting? Absolutely 100% no questions YES!!!!! ( Sorry for shouting. )

    Take several, seriously take more than one and if you can arrange it take them in different places with different instructors. The NRA offers dozens of different classes with curriculum compiled by the top minds in the gun world. The people who set the NRA course content are the experts the experts go to when they have a question.

    I have been through several of the NRA courses and one or two that were not NRA courses. ( I am planning on getting my NRA instructor certification this year ) Stick with the NRA courses for now. Also I agree with CMonster about starting with the basic safety courses and leave the tactical courses till next year.

    Here you will find a scheduled of NRA courses offered near you and what you will need for the classes as well as any prerequisite courses the class may require. The NRA classes are a system of classes. Often before you can take certain advanced classes they require you to have taken basic classes. When I first started taking these classes I thought this was just a way to get more money out of me... It's not. Just trust me on that.

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    The key to these classes is to use what you paid to learn. You can get tips all day from Tiger Woods but unless you practice what he tells you your not going to be a better golfer. These classes won't make you a better shooter or a safer shooter. Only diligent and disciplined application of the principals discussed can do that. Being a better shooter demands dedication. There is no magic just effort.
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    I'd recommend taking a class.
    Shoot, move, communicate!!

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    I've never taken a class. Been shooting & handloading for 40 years. Carried concealed for 12 years. If you're referring to gun safety, once you make the following two rules a habit, you're already a gun safety "expert."

    1. Finger off trigger unless shooting or about to shoot
    2. Muzzle never points at anyone or anything you're not willing to destroy

    "NRA Certified Instructor??" Nothing more amusing. That simply means another "NRA Certified Instructor" spent a few minutes with him at a range, answered a few questions & firing a few rounds, then gave him a "certificate." Ask me how I know.

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    Yup take the class, live a little.

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    I agree with others; a class is a good idea, no matter how much you "know".
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    I'm an instructor. Certified with the NRA. I'd avoid NRA classes.

    Beware the internet, you've received questionable advice already.

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    Take a class... You Should learn more about your local laws, every state is different and good instructor can tell you the difference between myth and reality. That alone should be all the reason you need.

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