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.