On Saturday the 11th of July, eight students came out for Personal Protection in the Home. Between the breeze and available shade, the range conditions were as good as July in Georgia can get.
This is a fun class to teach. The average student will be exposed to multiple new methods of shooting and manipulating their firearm during the course. Rather than standing flat-footed in front of a static target, the student's goal is getting hits as rapidly as possible. Students also practice geometric progression around cover, malfunction clearing, and positional shooting. A majority of the exercises were conducted on steel targets of varying sizes, so shooters were required to balance speed and precision based on the difficulty of each shot as I called out the target and number of required hits to them. As the instructor, I enjoyed guiding them as they worked through the process and any problems that arose. Throughout it all, every student was safe and had a keen awareness of his or her muzzle.
We had a variety of calibers from .22 LR to .357 Sig represented on the line, including a .38 revolver shooter whose owner had opportunity to practice reloads often. I saw a marked improvement in a number of shooters, while others used it as an opportunity to hone established skill sets. Two individuals in the course were attending as a prerequisite for attaining their own instructor certification.
The classroom portion dealt with strategies for home defense, including preventative measures to make a residence less accessible to criminals. It also dealt with the creation of safety plans in the event of a home invasion or break in. The importance of both mindset and attention to the environment are strong themes throughout the material.
This is the fourth time I've taught PPITH, and I haven't had a single student who didn't find the course material useful and informative. If you're interested in getting some feedback on the class, please check the student reviews for yourself.
This class marked the completion of the 3-course NRA Pistol series for some shooters, including Andrew Still. Andrew will be taking on the role of Assistant Instructor during future NRA Basic Pistol courses.
Congratulations to all the students on the completion of this course. Their energy and enthusiasm made it a great class.