Firearms training class teaches proper education for using a gun
In the 3rd installment of a special series about protecting yourself from possible predators, Beartooth NBC's Jill Jagelski headed out to a shooting range to learn the proper way to use a firearm.
Firearms trainer Rick Davis specializes in training women on how to shoot guns properly. So when he offered to show me some techniques, I couldn't pass up the offer. But with little firearm experience, Davis had to start with the basics, like he does with many of his students.
Davis says, "Couple of things we wanna cover before you pick one up. First you always keep the mussel pointed down range so it's in a safe direction that's the safe direction right now. You wanna pick it up in your full hand and keep your finger out of the trigger well, so that's safe. The other thing is don't load it till you get ready to shoot."
After some brief training, he explained why his class important for women who are buying guns for self-defense.
Davis says, "Knowledge gives you power. Power being I no longer have to be afraid because we actually have some people come in who are even deathly afraid just to even touch that, there's no reason to be afraid of it."
But education doesn't necessarily provide protection from a predator. Davis says after a woman takes the proper classes, she needs to continue practicing shooting. Davis says he's confident his class fully prepares women to use a gun in an emergency situation because he has seen 1st hand the progress his students have made. Davis will be offering "refuse to be a victim" courses starting this spring.
If you are interested here is more information:
IWS Firearms Training
3325 White Rock Road
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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