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class over!

March 1st, 2009 (08:00 pm)
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Well, it's official: as soon as the NRA signs off on my credentials, I will officially be an NRA Certified pistol instructor. Yay! This has been a long time coming. Same Training Counselor is offering a rifle instructor certification course later this month. I will have to do that as well. The pre-assessment should be interesting. I am, er, much less a rifle shooter than a pistol shooter. Clearly I need to live at the range for a while.

There were some really nice guys in the class -- I got on really well with a couple in particular, and we're planning to help each other out in classes once we start teaching. This is especially useful for me because 1) one of those guys, who works as a counselor for kids with behavioral problems, is a garking brilliant teacher -- he came up with a couple of teaching techniques that everyone in the class, the Training Counselor included, immediately decided they were going to steal and 2) I am planning to offer Range Days to student organizations at the university, and if more than a couple people in any organization take me up on it I will need ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. The idea is that after such a thing, maybe some people will want to find out more about guns, even get training, possibly through me.

Alas, my certification will not be processed anywhere *near* enough time to do a Dred Scott anniversary shoot with the Organization of Black Students. In that decision, among other things, Chief Justice Roger Taney argued that you couldn't let black people be citizens, because if they were, they could, among other nasty civil liberties, "keep and carry arms wherever they went." One of these years, I really want to do a Dred Scott Memorial Shoot, just to make Roger Taney roll over in his grave. I could do one anyway, and I will, sometime, but it'd be more fun and appropriate as a commemoration of that decision.

I'm drawing up lists of organizations who might be interested. I really hope the disabled students' organization is, because there are lots more opportunities for disabled people in the shooting sports than most people realize, and experience with coaching people who have a variety of disabilities will only help me with clients in the future.

Also, range days with student groups give me an excuse to buy more guns.

Not that I NEED one, mind.


Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)


A couple thoughts and hints.

#1. Always get a deposit! Whenever you run a class where payment is required (as opposed to a free intro, etc) always get an advance deposit. If people send a deposit, they'll show up. If they don't send a deposit, they won't. It's as simple as that.

So, ALWAYS get a deposit! Or you'll find yourself short on students on class day and the class that would have turned a profit will suddenly become a money loser instead.

Once you get your NRA creds you can do self study to get the NRA RSO creds and the "Refuse to be a Victim" instructor creds. Both are worth doing.

Keep good records of your gun and shooting related purchases and expenses and keep even better records of any income you make as an instructor. If you try to make a profit, any expenses are tax deductible. You don't have to form a LLC or anything to deduct these on your taxes or report the extra income. There's just an additional schedule you can file. Get a good tax guy, talk to him, and take his advice as to what you can deduct and what you shouldn't.

As soon as you get your creds, make copies of your instructor cards. Many companies offer instructor discounts on firearms or gear used for instruction. You'll need to contact the companies directly to see who to talk to and where to send your creds, but it is worth doing. Generally try to contact someone in PR and ask about instructor purchase programs. Sometimes their run out of another department, but asking for PR/Marketing is a good start.

S&W used to have a program, but I don't know if they still do. Kahr Arms does. Crimson Trace does, and other's do as well. Oh, Ruger does as well.

Btw, you want to share those new training techniques the other student came up with? I'm interested.

Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)

Edit: You do need to REPORT the extra income you make. You just don't need to form a LLC to do that. You can report income and do deductions by using an extra schedule on your existing personal income tax forms. Just wanted to clarify my poor wording.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
sledge hammer!

Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.

Two things the other student, J.R., did that absolutely kicked ass: when assigned to give a brief lecture explaining sight alignment, he quietly picked up a shot-up IPDA cardboard target and cut two cardboard outlines: one front sight, one rear sight. And he used those to show how sight picture works, and what happens when you adjust the sights. It was terrific.

The second thing: to demonstrate the importance of good trigger squeeze, he had us pick up our Basic Pistol handbooks between thumb and forefinger. Then we turned our wrists vertical and pointed our forefinger, underneath the book. So the book is lying flat, parallel to the table, pinched between thumb and forefinger. Then he had us bend in the extended forefinger, and watch the book.

Do it slowly, and the book dips, bends, but is laterally stable. Do it fast, and it wobbles all over the place; you cannot keep the book steady. And it's astoundingly visible. Best visual aid for explaining why you squeeze, rather than pull, the trigger that I've ever seen.

Posted by: i'm a pirate! arr! (badficwriter)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Moustaches are always evil

I was under the impression that rifles are simply easier to hit things with, which is why the army gave 'em to me. ;)

Ah, Dred Scott. I often look around nowadays and wonder how those screaming liberals managed to accomplish anything.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)

They are, if you practice with 'em! I get less rifle time than pistol time, so. Also, nobody offers rifle instruction around here, so I have had to learn on my own.

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)

Dave, I wish you lived anywhere around here! Jeez, I wish there was somebody in the Buffalo area where I could sorta nudge my students.
The school system would scream bloody murder if they found out I was sending high school students to learn about those nasty implements of evil, so I gotta be covert sbout it...

And "them screaming liberals"? I doubt if they managed to do much of anything, except maybe inspire realistic folks to get things done.

"An armed person is a citizen. An unarmed person is a potential slave."

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