More Training Mistakes

Via Jeff, a Penn student takes a gun safety course. Overall, a much better situation than I was exposed to this weekend, but a few things caught my eye here:

Our instructor, Ken, then came in with an unloaded 9-mm Glock and fake bullets. After 30 minutes with Ken, practicing loading, unloading and aiming, we were ready to shoot.

Why would you bring a 9mm firearm with blanks or simunitions? Beginners should be taught on a .22LR pistol, and then work up to something with recoil when they are comfortable with that. It’s a basic pistol course, not a combat pistol course.

There’s too many macho assholes out there that think .22LR is a wimpy cartridge, but they are perfect for a beginning pistol course involving people who’ve never fired a gun before.

Should you ever come across a gun laying on 42nd Street, with a simple lesson in gun safety, you could feel comfortable disarming it, instead of leaving it there for the next criminal to pick up,. It’s a small step to making Penn, and West Philadelphia, a safer place.

Should you ever come across a gun on the streets, don’t touch it. Call the police and allow them to handle the recovery. That firearm is potential evidence. It could have been used is a crime and ditched by the criminal.

UPDATE: I think I misunderstood what she meant by “fake bullets”. I was assuming blanks or some kind of submunitions. She meant the dummy rounds you use for classroom instruction. In that case, no foul. But I still think 9mm is too much gun for someone who’s never shot before.

4 Responses to “More Training Mistakes”

  1. The Duck says:

    I start every new shooter with a 22.
    But as to show how to load unload, it is easier to see & do the first few times with a larger caliber, with dummy ammo.
    Very often I have to supply a student, because the gun they bought is way to much for them, with a 22lr.
    But the quality of instructors can vary

  2. Bitter says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with you here, dear. Loading and unloading exercises take place in the classroom, and caliber doesn’t matter. It’s been a while since I’ve done by the book training, but I believe that’s even after the caliber discussion, so having the different sizes available is actually quite relevant.

    What she’s describing should have been a classroom exercise, not the first shots at the range. (Haven’t read the full story, I confess.) I agree with shooting .22 for the first time, but loading and unloading with dummy rounds doesn’t matter much.

  3. chris horton says:

    Not to mention the fact she thinks a “gun hat” might make an armed lunatic think twice before attacking.

  4. Tom says:

    She’s open-minded and has some common sense. I scanned a couple of her other articles as well as the one linked to. She doesn’t seem to be swallowing the typical college PC nonsense.