Vol Texan wrote:I've only been doing this since January of this year, and I've had only one student not pass the proficiency on the first try. She had a DAO small pistol in .380, and it had a nice snap to it. I asked her to tryout her son's Beretta 92FS on her second try. She rose from a 135 to a 219, just because she had a better pistol to shoot.
After today, I had another student have to retake the shooting test. It was another 'wrong gun' issue. After switching him to my gun, he shot over 230.
But today I did have to escort one student off the firing line - repeatedly I asked him to keep the gun pointed downrange, and repeatedly he was turning the gun 90 degrees to the left. Granted, we were in the far left lane, and there was a cinder block wall, but I expect everyone to demonstrate safe gun handling, no matter where they are. I have to assume he'd do the same thing, even if we were in a middle lane with a kid shooting next to him on the left side.
The range safety officers were amazed I'd take my own student off the line - they'd had a problem with another instructor just earlier in the day (actually, they said they have a problem with his students often, and they are the ones who have to correct the errors. But when I pulled my own student off the line, they thanked me profusely, and said I could teach on their range anytime.
I told my student that I'd GLADLY take him shooting another time to help him with his safe gun handling and range etiquette. I'll even give him an hour or two of my time at no charge, as long as he pays for ammo and range fees. I hope that he takes me up on it - he seemed like a great guy.
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