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CC’s Outdoor Journal; Secure your family and home by taking a firearms safety course
Growing up in the home of an avid hunter and police officer, my brother, sister and I were always instructed about gun safety and what to do in case of a break in. Although young, we were fairly well-prepared for an emergency situation.
As the years have gone by and I have continued to become more active in the outdoors and I hear about more home invasions, I thought it would be wise to take a refresher course on firearm safety. I recently found the time to take such a course with Josh White of Western Maine Property Protection out of Norway.
Making class arrangements with Josh’s wife, Jessica, was effortless and the reasonable fee included the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the WInchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet. I received supervised instruction while firing a pistol, took the Basics of Pistol Shooting exam, and received a course completion certificate.
As advertised, the eight-hour course taught me basic pistol knowledge and Josh spent a lot of time stressing the importance of skills and attitude of owning and operating a pistol.
“I would hate to see your name in the headlines for shooting someone or yourself being shot,” stated Josh. “I need you to know the seriousness of shooting someone. You have no idea how your life would change.”
Josh talked about being aware of your surroundings, training yourself to see what didn’t belong in any given situation, and to be as prepared as you possibly can for an emergency situation.
As part of the day-long class I also learned the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the two-handed standing position, and basics of cleaning the pistol.
Upon completion of the course I am now eligible to apply for my State of Maine concealed weapon permit.
Taking this course helped me not only to refresh my skills from when I was younger, but it helped me to realize how to be a more observant citizen, and that having the ability to use deadly force isn’t always going to be my first option.
Josh White has more than 20 years experience with firearms, and prides himself on the knowledge he is able to share with citizens looking to protect their families and property.
For more information on Western Maine Property Protection services, contact them by calling 739-9774 or visit them online at http://www.wmepropertyprotection.com/.