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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol. NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education. Welcome!. Preliminaries . Introductions Registration Orientation Goal: To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.

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nra first steps pistol

NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education

Welcome!

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preliminaries
Preliminaries
  • Introductions
  • Registration
  • Orientation Goal:

To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.

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Preliminaries
  • Facilities.
  • Do you have any firearms with you?
  • Do you have any live ammunition with you?
  • Handbooks, brochures and other materials.

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schedule
Schedule
  • 10am Lesson I11am Lesson IINoon Lesson III1:30pm Lesson IV
  • Even asking questions, done by 2pm
  • Ten minute break between lessons if we have the time.
  • Shooting portion is in Lesson III

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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education

Lesson I

Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts and Operation

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lesson i pistol safety parts and operation
Lesson I: Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
  • As a result of this lesson, you will be able to:
    • State the goal of the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation.
    • Name the three fundamental NRA rules of safe gun handling and demonstrate them with a specific pistol model.

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Lesson I: Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation, cont.
  • As a result of this lesson, you will also be able to:
    • Name the three major components of a pistol and describe their functions.
    • Safely demonstrate loading and unloading procedures for a specific pistol model with training ammunition.

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pistol safety
Pistol Safety
  • What do you think is our primary concern when handling firearms?

Safety is always the primary concern when handling firearms.

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Pistol Safety, cont.
  • What do you think are the major causes of gun accidents?

IGNORANCE

CARELESSNESS

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Pistol Safety, cont.
  • NRA Rules of Safe Gun Handling

(the blue brochure, first fold-out)

  • Please read the rules aloud…

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1 always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
#1: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  • What do you think is meant by a “safe direction”?
  • Term: safe direction
  • Term: muzzle

If the gun were to discharge, it would not cause injury or damage.

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2 always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
#2: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
  • If your finger is kept off the trigger, where should it be?
  • Term: trigger
  • Term: trigger guard
  • Term: frame

The finger should rest outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun (on the frame).

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3 always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
#3: Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
  • How do you know whether or not a gun is unloaded?
  • Term: magazine
  • Term: action
  • Term: chamber

Check that a gun is unloaded by removing the magazine, opening the action, and inspecting the chamber.

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safe pistol handling practical exercise
Safe Pistol HandlingPractical Exercise
  • How do you hand a firearm to another person?

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pistol parts major components
Pistol Parts: Major Components
  • Turn to Page 1 of the handbook.
  • Term: frame
    • Backbone of the pistol to which the other parts are attached
  • Term: barrel
    • Metal tube through which the bullet passes on the way to the target
  • Term: action
    • Group of moving parts used to load, fire, and unload the pistol

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revolver frame parts
Revolver: Frame Parts
  • Grip panels
  • Backstrap
  • Trigger guard
  • Rear sight

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revolver barrel parts
Revolver: Barrel Parts
  • Bore
  • Rifling (Handbook Page 2)
  • Muzzle
  • Front sight

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revolver action parts
Revolver: Action Parts
  • Trigger
  • Hammer
  • Cylinder
  • Chamber
  • Cylinder release latch
  • Loading Gate (on single actions)
  • Ejector
  • Ejector rod

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semi automatic frame parts
Semi-Automatic: Frame Parts
  • (Manual) safety
  • Slide stop (sometimes “slide lock”)
  • Decocking lever
  • Grip panels
  • Backstrap (with tang at the top)
  • Trigger guard

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semi automatic barrel parts
Semi-Automatic: Barrel Parts
  • Bore
  • Chamber
  • Rifling (Handbook Page 2)
  • Muzzle

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semi automatic action parts
Semi-Automatic: Action Parts
  • Hammer
  • Slide
    • Front Sight
    • Rear Sight
    • Ejection port
  • Magazine (in the magazine well)
  • Magazine release
  • Trigger

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pistol parts review
Pistol Parts Review
  • What are all the parts on the frame of your gun?
  • What are all the parts on the barrel of your gun?
  • What are all the parts on the action of your gun?

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pistol operation
Pistol Operation
  • Besides “firing,” there are four basic operations of most pistols:
    • Loading
    • Cocking
    • Uncocking
    • Unloading

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revolver loading
Revolver Loading
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Load cartridges into the cylinder, with the muzzle downward.
  • Close the cylinder (or loading gate on single actions).
  • Turn the cylinder to index it, if it is not locked.

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semi automatic loading
Semi-Automatic Loading
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Load cartridges into the magazine.
  • Firmly insert the magazine into the magazine well.
  • Cycle the slide to chamber a cartridge.
    • Pull the slide to the rear.
    • Release the slide, don’t “ride” it forward.

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pistol cocking
Pistol Cocking
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Place the hammer under spring tension to prepare it to fire
  • Semi-automatics: cycling the slide may cock the hammer
  • Decockers must be disengaged to cock the hammer

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pistol decocking
Pistol Decocking
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Relax the hammer’s spring tension so it is not in a position to fire the gun.
  • Term: trigger bar (revolver)
  • Term: decocker (semi-automatic)
  • Some guns should not or cannot be decocked.

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revolver unloading
Revolver Unloading
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Release the cylinder and swing it out.
  • Turn the gun so the chamber mouths are facing downward.
  • Briskly operate the ejector rod.
  • Check by sight and feel that all chambers are empty.

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semi automatic unloading
Semi-Automatic Unloading
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Press the magazine release, and remove the magazine.
  • Cycle the slide.
  • Lock the slide open.
  • Check by sight and feel that the chamber is empty.

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pistol operation practical exercise
Pistol Operation Practical Exercise
  • What are the three rules of safe gun handling?
  • Demonstrate the correct loading, cocking, uncocking, and unloading procedures for your pistol.

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lesson i summary
Lesson I Summary
  • What is the goal of the FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation?
  • What are the NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling?
  • What are the three major components of a pistol and what are their functions?

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Lesson I Summary
  • How do you load and unload your pistol?
  • What are your questions?
  • Take a break until 11am! We’ll continue with more lecture on ammunition and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.

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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education

Lesson II

Introduction to Ammunitionand the Fundamentalsof Pistol Shooting

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lesson ii ammunition
Lesson II: Ammunition
  • As a result of the first part of this lesson, you will be able to:
    • Identify the three items you need to check to determine the proper ammunition for your pistol.
    • Identify the three major types of cartridge malfunctions, and how to respond to them.

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lesson ii fundamentals of pistol shooting
Lesson II: Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • As a result of the second part of this lesson, you will also be able to:
    • Determine your dominant eye.
    • Explain the six fundamentals of pistol shooting.
    • Demonstrate the six fundamentals from the benchrest position.

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pistol ammunition
Pistol Ammunition
  • In the blue brochure, read the rule: “Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.”
  • How do you know what type of ammunition should be used for a particular gun?
    • Most firearms have the ammunition type stamped on the gun itself (often on the barrel).

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pistol ammunition cont
Pistol Ammunition, cont.
  • How do you know whether the ammunition you have is the correct type for your gun?
    • Ammunition type is identified on the box and sometimes on the base of the cartridge as well.

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Pistol Ammunition, cont.
  • What three items should be checked to be sure that you are using the correct ammunition for your gun?
    • The barrel of the gun
    • The box of ammunition
    • The base of the cartridge

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Pistol Ammunition, cont.
  • Be aware that certain ammunition with different designations may be compatible with certain guns.
  • .357 Magnum and .38 Special
  • 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Luger, 9x19
  • Refer to your owner’s manual!

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cartridge malfunctions
Cartridge Malfunctions
  • Turn to Page 17 and read the definitions of the three cartridge malfunction types
  • Term: misfire
    • A failure of the cartridge to fire after the primer has been struck by the firing pin.
  • Term: hangfire
    • A perceptible delay in the ignition of a cartridge after the primer has been struck by the firing pin.

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cartridge malfunctions cont
Cartridge Malfunctions, cont.
  • If the cartridge fails to fire immediately, what should you do?
    • You don’t know if it’s a hangfire or a misfire:
      • Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction;
      • Wait 30 seconds;
      • Then unload safely.

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Cartridge Malfunctions, cont.
  • Term: squib load
    • Development of less than normal pressure or velocity after ignition of the cartridge.
  • What may indicate that a squib load may have been fired?
    • Unusual recoil or noise.

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Cartridge Malfunctions, cont.
  • What action should be taken if a squib load is suspected?
    • Stop firing immediately.
    • Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, and your finger off the trigger.
    • Unload the gun.
    • Determine if a bullet is lodged in the barrel with a cleaning rod.

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determining the dominant eye
Determining the Dominant Eye
  • Each individual has a dominant eye, which should be used to aim the pistol.
  • Handbook Page 57.
  • How many participants are cross-dominant?
  • Try to use your dominant eye, but in general use the hand and eye that’s most comfortable.

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fundamentals of pistol shooting
Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • What does the word “fundamental” mean?
    • Basic
    • Essential
  • Fundamentals are the essential elements of performing a skill.
  • In the case of shooting, the skill is “firing a shot.”

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Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting, cont.
  • In brief, the fundamentals of pistol shooting are:
    • Position
    • Grip
    • Breath Control
    • Sight Alignment
    • Trigger Control
    • Follow-Through

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position
Position
  • What do we mean by “position?”
    • Position refers to the way you hold your body when firing a shot
  • We will cover two positions in this course:
    • Benchrest position
    • Two-handed standing position

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Position, cont.
  • A position should be comfortable, balanced, relaxed, and properly aligned with the target.
  • Benchrest, Handbook Pages 70-71
    • Sit behind the bench or table facing the target.
    • Both arms extended fully in front.
    • Wrists are supports by sandbags.
    • The head is erect.

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Grip
  • What do we mean by “grip?”
    • The grip is the manner by which the pistol is grasped and held.
  • Handbook Pages 59-60.
  • Keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction, and finger off the trigger, use the non-shooting hand to place the pistol in the shooting hand.

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grip cont
Grip, cont.
  • Fit the web of the hand as high as possible on the backstrap or tang.
  • Align the gun with the wrist and forearm.
  • Grip the pistol with the base of the thumb and lower three fingers of the shooting hand.
  • Pressure of the grip is directed straight towards the rear.

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Grip, cont.
  • Hold the pistol firmly, but without undue shaking.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. The finger should lie along the side of the frame.
  • The thumb should lie along the other side of the frame, not behind the slide of the gun.

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Grip, cont.
  • Place the heel of the non-shooting hand against the heel of the shooting hand.
  • Firmly wrap the fingers of the non-shooting hand around the fingers of the shooting hand.

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Grip, cont.
  • You should grip the pistol the same way each time you hold the pistol.
  • Your grip on the pistol should not change as you fire the shot.

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breath control
Breath Control
  • Why do you think breath control is important in shooting?
    • In order to minimize body movement while shooting, the breath cycle must be interrupted.
  • Before each shot, take a breath, and let it halfway out so you are comfortable.
  • Generally the breath should be held no more than six to eight seconds. Rest if you get tired!

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sight alignment
Sight Alignment
  • What two parts of the gun are used for aiming?
    • The front and rear sights.
  • Handbook Pages 60-64.
  • The top of the front sight should be even with the top of the rear sight.

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Sight Alignment
  • There should be an equal amount of space around the front sight post in the notch of the rear sight.
  • The eye can only focus on one distance at a time. It cannot keep the front sight, rear sight, and the target in focus simultaneously.

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Sight Alignment, cont.
  • The shooter must focus on the front sight.
    • The front sight should be sharp and clear.
    • The rear sight and the target should be blurred.
  • Sight picture is obtained by achieving proper sight alignment and then putting those aligned sights into the proper relationship with the target (Handbook Page 61).

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Sight Alignment, cont.
  • There will always be some movement of the aligned sights relative to the target.
  • Movement can be minimized but not eliminated.
  • Misalignment of the sights introduces error that increases at distance.
  • Try to keep both eyes open when shooting.

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Sight Alignment, cont.
  • Sight adjustments can be made on some guns. Move the rear sight in the direction you want your shots to appear on the target. (Handbook Page 64)
  • Optical and electronic sights eliminate the need to align a front and rear sight.

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trigger control
Trigger Control
  • What is the function of the trigger?
    • When squeezed, the trigger activates the hammer and fires the gun.
  • Handbook Pages 64-65.
  • The index finger is placed with the trigger halfway between the tip of the finger and the first joint.
  • The trigger is squeezed in a smooth, continuous manner directly to the rear, while maintaining sight alignment.

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trigger control cont
Trigger Control, cont.
  • While squeezing the trigger, each shot should come as a surprise.
  • Trigger squeeze and sight alignment must be done simultaneously while minimizing gun movement.
  • Try using training ammunition and dry fire practice to improve your trigger control.

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follow through
Follow-Through
  • How is follow-through important in sports like tennis and golf?
    • In golf and tennis, it is the continuation of a motion after the golf club or tennis racket has hit the ball.
  • Handbook Page 65.
  • Follow-through means continuing to do everything that was being done at the time the shot was fired.

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follow through cont
Follow-Through, cont.
  • Follow-through prevents unnecessary movement of the barrel before the bullet exits.
  • With focus on the front sight and good follow-through a shooter should be able to “call the shot” and identify its location on the target.

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fundamentals review
Fundamentals Review
  • Which are the two most important fundamentals?
    • Sight Alignment
    • Trigger Control
  • The other fundamentals help to minimize disturbance of sight alignment and trigger control.

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lesson ii summary
Lesson II Summary
  • What three items do you need to check to determine the proper ammunition for your pistol?
  • Define the three major types of cartridge malfunctions and the actions required when they occur.
  • How do you determine your dominant eye?

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Lesson II Summary
  • Explain the six fundamentals of pistol shooting.
  • Describe the benchrest position.
  • What are your questions?
  • Take a break until noon! We’ll pick up with pistol shooting from the benchrest and two-handed standing positions.

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NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education

Lesson III

Introduction to Pistol Shootingfrom the Benchrest andTwo-Handed Standing Positions

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lesson iii pistol shooting
Lesson III: Pistol Shooting
  • After completing this lesson, you should be able to:
    • Explain the three range commands, the procedures to be followed if one has a problem with a firearm or drops ammunition, and any applicable range rules for the facility being used.

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Lesson III: Pistol Shooting
  • After completing this lesson, you should also be able to:
    • Discuss and explain the eight NRA safety rules to be followed when shooting and storing a pistol.
    • Safely shoot a target from the benchrest position using the six fundamentals.
    • Safely shoot a target from the two-handed standing position if time allows.

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range safety shooting facility orientation
Range Safety;Shooting Facility Orientation
  • Range layout
    • Indoor shooting range with shooting lanes.
    • Shooters will be paired up and will shoot in “relays”.
  • Range personnel
    • There will be several instructors and coaches to help shooters.
    • The facility also has Range Officers.

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range commands
Range Commands
  • “Load”
    • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
    • Shooters may load their guns only after this command has been given.
    • Revolvers: load the cylinder and close it
    • Semi-automatics: place the loaded magazine into the gun and close the slide.

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Range Commands, cont.
  • “Commence firing”
    • When this command is given, you may fire at your target when you are ready.
    • You are not required to begin immediately.

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Range Commands, cont.
  • “Cease firing”
    • Stop shooting immediately.
    • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
    • Await further instructions from the Range Officer, coach, or instructor.

Anyone may call for a cease fire if they see an unsafe condition.

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Range Commands, cont.
  • “Unload”
    • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
    • Revolvers:
      • Open the cylinder
      • Eject the casings and cartridges
    • Semi-automatics:
      • Remove magazine
      • Lock open the slide

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Range Commands, cont.
  • “Bench the gun”
    • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
    • Revolvers: put the gun on the bench with the cylinder open
    • Semi-automatics: put the gun on the bench with the slide back and the ejection port up so the chamber is visible.

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problem with your gun
Problem with your gun?
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Raise your hand for assistance.

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drop some ammunition
Drop some ammunition?
  • Keep the gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger…
  • Raise your hand for assistance.

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range procedures review
Range Procedures Review
  • What do the “load” and “commence firing” commands mean?
  • What does the “cease firing” command mean?
  • Who may call for a cease fire?
  • What do the “unload” and “bench your gun” commands mean?
  • What do you do when you have a problem with your gun or drop ammunition?

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rules for safe shooting
Rules for Safe Shooting
  • What are the three rules for safe gun handling again?
  • Add these rules for using and storing a gun:
    • Know your target and what is beyond.
    • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
    • Know how to use the gun safely.

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rules for safe shooting cont
Rules for Safe Shooting, cont.
  • More rules for using and storing…
    • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    • Wear hearing and eye protection as appropriate.
    • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.

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Rules for Safe Shooting, cont.
  • More rules for using and storing…
    • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons
    • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting situations require additional safety precautions.

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shooting from a new position
Shooting from a New Position
  • We will use an eight step method to learn a new position:
  • Study the position.
  • Practice the position without a pistol.
  • Practice the position with a pistol.
  • Align the position with a target.

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Shooting from a New Position, cont.
  • Dry fire at the target using the six fundamentals of pistol shooting:
    • Position
    • Grip
    • Breath control
    • Sight alignment
    • Trigger control
    • Follow-through

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Shooting from a New Position, cont.
  • Live fire exercise
    • Single-shot exercise
    • Shoot a five shot “group.”
  • Assess your group, and adjust sights (if applicable) or technique if a problem is identified.
  • Continue to shoot groups and assess.

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benchrest position
Benchrest Position
  • Handbook Pages 70-71
    • Best position for people who have never shot a gun before because it minimizes body movement.
    • Both arms straight out in front.
    • Wrists rest on sandbags.
    • Feet flat on the floor.
    • Head is erect.

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two handed standing position
Two-handed Standing Position
  • Handbook Pages 79-81
    • Best position to start learning standing positions.
    • Feet shoulder-width apart.
    • Hips and shoulders square to the target.
    • Arms straight out and head erect, same as benchrest (another name for position is “Isosceles”).

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any questions

Any questions?

Are you comfortable with what you know?

Let’s goshoot!

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lesson iii summary
Lesson III Summary
  • Explain the three range commands, the procedures to be followed if one has a problem with a firearm or drops ammunition, and any applicable range rules for the facility being used.
  • What are the eight NRA safety rules to be followed when shooting and storing a pistol?

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Lesson III Summary
  • You have all safely shot a target from the benchrest and two-handed standing positions.
  • What are your questions?
  • Take a break until 1:30pm. We’ll pick up with pistol cleaning, storage, and further training opportunities.

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NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education

Lesson IV

Introduction to Pistol CleaningStorage, and Training Opportunities

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Lesson IV: Pistol Cleaning, Storage, Training Opportunities
  • After completing this lesson, you should be able to:
    • Identify the seven materials needed to clean a pistol
    • Outline the three safety guidelines to be followed when cleaning a pistol.
    • Explain and demonstrate how to clean a pistol safely.

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Lesson IV: Pistol Cleaning, Storage, Training, cont.
  • After completing this lesson, you should also be able to:
    • Name the NRA rule for safe firearm storage, and discuss options for applying this rule when storing a pistol.
    • Discuss the three hygienic guidelines following exposure to airborne particulate lead and cleaning solvent residue.

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Lesson IV: Pistol Cleaning, Storage, Training, cont.
  • After completing this lesson, you should also be able to:
    • Discuss the benefits of receiving additional pistol training through the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

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pistol cleaning
Pistol Cleaning
  • Remember the rule “Be sure the gun is safe to operate”?
  • Regular gun cleaning and proper storage is an important part of the upkeep of your pistol.
  • A gun should be cleaned after every shooting session.

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pistol cleaning materials
Pistol Cleaning Materials
  • Cloth patches
  • Cleaning rod
  • Soft cloth
  • Cleaning rod attachments (tips, brushes)
  • Small brush
  • Bore cleaner
  • Gun oil

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pistol cleaning safety
Pistol Cleaning Safety
  • Ammunition must not be present in the area.
  • The gun must be unloaded.
  • The action must be open.

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pistol cleaning exercise
Pistol Cleaning Exercise
  • Attach brush to cleaning rod and apply bore cleaner to brush
  • Run brush through bore 8-10 times.
  • Run wet patch (solvent) through bore.
  • Run dry patch through bore.
  • If the patch comes out dirty, repeat the above four steps until it comes out clean.

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Pistol Cleaning Exercise, cont.
  • Run lightly oiled patch through bore.
  • Repeat the above steps for every chamber of a revolver.
  • Use small brush and solvent to clean other parts of the gun.
  • Wipe entire pistol with lightly oiled cloth.

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some notes on hygiene
Some Notes on Hygiene
  • Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, applying makeup, or otherwise placing your hands or fingers in near your mouth or nose while on the range or cleaning your gun.
  • After leaving the range or cleaning a gun, wash your hands and face thoroughly (with cold water) before placing your hands or fingers near your mouth or nose.

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Some Notes on Hygiene, cont.
  • Change and wash clothing after a shooting or gun cleaning session so that exposure to airborne particulate lead or solvent residue may be further minimized.
  • Even if you were only present and did not shoot, you should follow these guidelines.

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storing a pistol
Storing a Pistol
  • Remember the rule “Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons”?
  • There is no universal solution for storage as each individual’s situation is unique.

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some storage options
Some Storage Options
  • Trigger Locks
  • Action Locks
  • Padlocks
  • Lockboxes
  • Safes

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additional pistol shooting
Additional Pistol Shooting
  • It is to your advantage to continue practicing your pistol shooting skills.
  • The NRA offers additional training:
    • NRA Basic Pistol Course
    • NRA Personal Protection Course
    • http://nwsafe.org/courses.html
  • NWSAFE offers these courses from time to time.

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Additional Pistol Shooting, cont.
  • The NRA offers a Pistol Qualification program that is self-administered with progressively more challenging goals:
    • Handgun qualification
      • Oriented towards defensive shooting skills.
      • Starts with a paper plate at 15 feet.
    • Pistol qualification
      • Oriented towards the competitive sport shooter.
      • Ends with participation in a Bullseye match, with a minimum score.

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the national rifle association
The National Rifle Association
  • You have been provided a guide to the benefits of membership in the NRA.
  • Members supported the development of the course you just took.
  • The NRA is the largest international firearms training organization in the world, in both its public and police organizations.

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other opportunities
Other Opportunities
  • The are many opportunities to formally, and informally, compete with others which helps you improve your skills.

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lesson iv summary
Lesson IV Summary
  • What are the seven materials needed to clean a pistol?
  • What three safety guidelines must be followed when cleaning a pistol?
  • What three hygienic guidelines should be followed after exposure to airborne particulate lead or cleaning solvent residue?

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Lesson IV Summary, cont.
  • What is the NRA rule for safe storage of a gun?
  • What additional training and practice opportunities are available from the NRA?
  • What are your questions?
  • What are your comments about this orientation?

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