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    Default Training Suggestions?

    I'm a newbie when it comes to firearms. I bought my first gun last December and have been somewhat addicted ever since. Before I bought the gun, I took the NRA First Steps course. I'm interested in taking more training classes, but with all the options out there, finding one that would be the next logical step in terms of firearms training. I was hoping some of you could pass along some info on courses that you all found useful.

    The courses I would be interested in would be pistol focused courses (I don't hunt). Everybody as been enormously helpful with questions I had in the past, so I thought I'd throw another one out there. Thanks for any info!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_Lambert View Post
    I'm interested in taking more training classes, but with all the options out there, finding one that would be the next logical step in terms of firearms training.
    Cool. People will be along with suggestions. I don't really have any because I just moved here from Virginia and haven't looked into Pennsylvania training much yet. I will say this though: it sounds like no matter which instructor/program you go with, you may want to take the "first-level defensive handgun" or equivalent course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_Lambert View Post
    The courses I would be interested in would be pistol focused courses (I don't hunt).
    And just an FYI: there are a lot of course types out there other than handgun and "hunting courses."

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    Default Re: Training Suggestions?

    Check out the training section of the forum. There are always things popping up there and generally a good description of the courses offered. If you're not sure if a course is right for you I would contact the person running it and ask if it's what you're looking for. HTH. (BTW, what gun did you buy? )

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    Default Re: Training Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_Lambert View Post
    I'm a newbie when it comes to firearms. I bought my first gun last December and have been somewhat addicted ever since. Before I bought the gun, I took the NRA First Steps course. I'm interested in taking more training classes, but with all the options out there, finding one that would be the next logical step in terms of firearms training. I was hoping some of you could pass along some info on courses that you all found useful.

    The courses I would be interested in would be pistol focused courses (I don't hunt). Everybody as been enormously helpful with questions I had in the past, so I thought I'd throw another one out there. Thanks for any info!!
    Look at the training schedule at Pitcarin-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club (PMSC) http://www.pmsconline.com or contact the Fire Institute http://www.fireinstitute.org. Also plan on attending the next PAFOA Group Shoot at Pitcarin-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club (PMSC) August 9th, 2009.

    Lots of knowledgeable people, a chance to fire all types of arms

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    Default Re: Training Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_Lambert View Post
    I'm a newbie when it comes to firearms. I bought my first gun last December and have been somewhat addicted ever since. Before I bought the gun, I took the NRA First Steps course. I'm interested in taking more training classes, but with all the options out there, finding one that would be the next logical step in terms of firearms training. I was hoping some of you could pass along some info on courses that you all found useful.

    The courses I would be interested in would be pistol focused courses (I don't hunt). Everybody as been enormously helpful with questions I had in the past, so I thought I'd throw another one out there. Thanks for any info!!
    Welcome and congrats on your first gun.

    For training, check out the F.I.R.E. Institute. They are a not-for-profit training company. They have OUTSTANDING training classes. http://www.fireinstitute.org/
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    If the police could confiscate all of your guns and ammo using just one van, then you didn't own enough guns or ammo.
    WTB - NDS3 or NDS1 receiver FTF

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    Default Re: Training Suggestions?

    I'm not really knowledgeable to make suggestions...but here is what i am doing:

    I've owned a gun for years...LTCF for years...but never had any formal training. I am scheduled for PA Hunter Safety the weekend of Aug 7th....and am currently looking into the NRA Basic course. There is an NRA Pistol FIRST STEP course...but to me that seems to be covered in the Basic...(can anybody confirm or deny that?)

    These seem to be the beginning training.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by edstephan View Post
    Look at the training schedule at Pitcarin-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club (PMSC) http://www.pmsconline.com or contact the Fire Institute http://www.fireinstitute.org. Also plan on attending the next PAFOA Group Shoot at Pitcarin-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club (PMSC) August 9th, 2009.

    Lots of knowledgeable people, a chance to fire all types of arms

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    Welcome and congrats on your first gun.

    For training, check out the F.I.R.E. Institute. They are a not-for-profit training company. They have OUTSTANDING training classes. http://www.fireinstitute.org/
    yep. you are in good luck living in Pittsburgh as you are very near a great range and FIRE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_Lambert View Post
    I was hoping some of you could pass along some info on courses that you all found useful.
    http://forum.pafoa.org/general-2/641...xperiance.html

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    Thanks for the info on FIRE Institute. This is exactly what I was looking for!

    Shawn & Ed - Between this thread and my other thread asking about area clubs, you sold me on PMSC. Filling out the app tonight. See you there!

    SFN - My first was the Beretta 92FS. I love it!! I'll go up an rent some different ones at Anthony Arms, but haven't come across any that I like better yet. That being said, I just bought a Glock 19 on Sunday, and I believe my Minotaur MTAC holster just got shipped out today! Can't wait to get it!

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