I’m not sure who was more surprised, the 36 men in my NRA Pistol Instructors certification class that there was a woman in the class, or me, that there was ANOTHER woman in the class! 36 men, 2 women. Giddyup!
a gentleman from my Sportsman’s club put out an email that he would be
teaching an NRA Instructors class, I jumped at the chance. My husband
was less excited about spending the required time in a classroom, but I
honestly think he didn’t want me to do it without him so I signed us
both up. There were a few other guys from my club there, but most of the
other attendees were from other clubs.
were to start promptly at 9 am. Until about 8:55 I was the only female.
I got some strange looks as the “good ole boys” club settled into their
seats. I sat with my husband and the guys from my club, all whom which
I’m very comfortable with.
class itself was excellent. The NRA does a great job providing material
and structure for the course. My instructor did a great job keeping the
course work fun and informative. He said in the beginning of the class
that there would be 100% participation because we were being certified
to teach, and we should be comfortable speaking in front of groups of
strangers. Then he did it..”Annette, come on up and speak to the class
about how to teach to women and kids..” Ohhh...great...he could have
given me a heads up at our lunch break so I could have mentally prepared
something..but no. I was on the spot.
did a decent job with my on-the-spot-no-prep presentation. Naturally in
hindsight, I have a whole different lecture planned in my head, but I
did the best I could, given the fact I had zero time to prep. As it
turns out, only 3 of us spoke to the class that day. One was a lawyer,
one a police officer, and me.
all the instructional part of the class was complete we went on the
range. We had to partner up and naturally they wouldn’t let my husband
and I be a team. One person was the student, the other the instructor.
The student had to shoot a course, clear a misfire, (we loaded dummy
rounds into their magazine so it would cause a failure, and then had to
teach them how to clear the failure). My partner and I whizzed through
the range aspect of the course, then switched places and the student
became the instructor. We had to evaluate their performance, and give
suggestions for improvements. It was a fun, interactive process and it
really brought to light some things that people may do on the range that
you don’t notice, like raising their shoulders before they pull the
trigger. It was my first time in an indoor range and it was awesome!
will admit to being nervous prior to the class. I assumed I’d be the
only woman there, but I was happy to see another lady taking the class. I
met a lot of great guys at the class and I’m very happy I took the step
to further my shooting skills and credentials. The instructors seemed
happy that there was a female in the class, and they made sure to cover
things like asking before you reach over a woman to show her how to do
line is, if you’re thinking of becoming an NRA Certified Instructor,
don’t hesitate to take this class and get it done. The more women on
the line, the better!