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New Handgun Owner: Classes / Training?

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by Will_Power, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'll be purchasing my first pistol in a few weeks, and realize that I need to do some training and coursework to become proficient with it in case I ever need to use the weapon to defend my life - just taking tons of amateur shots at a range unsupervised won't cut it.

    Can you all recommend a local pistol course or seminar out there?

    Also, can someone point me towards some CCW resources? I know that I'll need to get both an Oregon and Washington one, but don't some out-of-state permits cover both? Not too sure on how all the paperwork and the like works...
     
  2. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    OFA has some good handgun classes that are pretty inexpensive and it's local so you don't have to pay for travel.
    Oregon Firearms Academy LLC - Courses

    For concealed carry in both WA and OR you definitely need at least 2 permits. This is because OR accepts no other state's permit. I recommend just getting the WA one because it works in a good number of other states and is very easy to get (you don't have to take any extra classes or anything). The Utah one is also popular and gives you a couple more states than the WA one. Here is a link to an interactive concealed carry reciprocity map:
    Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps | USA Carry

    Once you have taken a class, I recommend joining the IPSC/IDPA competitions at local gun clubs. You do not have to be a member of the club to compete, it is open to anyone. Matches usually cost about $15 plus 120rds of ammunition and each club does one about once a month. CVSC in Dundee, Tri County in Sherwood, and Douglas Ridge way out in Eagle Creek are all fairly close clubs that do competitions. It is a good, fun way to keep up your skill and learn what you need to work on.
     
  3. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I too recently purchased a pistol. I am interested in taking a class or going to a range that allows a walk-through shooting exercise with pop-up targets. Any input?
     
  4. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    NRAInstructors.org - Portal for NRA certified Instructors, NRA Education and Training

    Go with the basics before trying to go tactical. But for further (self)training opportunities look at:

    International Practical Shooting Confederation

    International Defensive Pistol Association

    Also, look into joining a gun club that sponsors these kinds of events. There just aren't that many places that have the kind of space for this, it usually has to be an organized event, not just a range where you can walk around blasting things. The safe design of such a course is a little more difficult than one might assume without soem in-depth thought.

    Threat Dynamics in Hillsboro Oregon does have a simulator: Threat Dynamics
     
  5. miletwo

    miletwo Gresham, Oregon Member

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    I'd highly recommend www.blackstonegunsafety.com. He teaches both in the classroom and practical shooting classes, or combo's of both. Nice guy, competitive pricing and classes all over the Portland Metro area.
     
  6. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    I am having a hard time finding classes anywhere that are not filled up till June or later. Does this guy offer classes that start from the ground up? I want to get mysself and my wife into some and start at the beginning (most basic cleaning, clearing jams, safe operation, etc.) and work our way up, does he offer those type?
     
  7. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    ok, I checked out the link and this is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for posting!
     
  8. miletwo

    miletwo Gresham, Oregon Member

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    Awesome! Hope you have fun!
     
  9. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    I noticed you are in gresham too, did you take one of his classes out here? where are they located?
     
  10. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Oregon Firearms Academy, they are top notch folks!
     
  11. miletwo

    miletwo Gresham, Oregon Member

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    He's in Hillsboro but does the CCW classes here about every other month. I've taken both the Oregon/Utah CCW class as well as the beginning pistol class (hands on) and both were great! I'm now helping him with promotion on this side of the river in hopes I can get more of my friends involved. We're currently looking for a place to do the hands on classes on this side... hopefully in the next few months. The CCW classes take place over Cafe Delirium and the next one is scheduled for June 4. I'll keep you posted on the hands on class.
     
  12. Rik

    Rik Beaverton Member

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    I will give another thump up to the pros at Oregon Firearms. You can go to the rockpit to get target practice. But those guys will help with the mental exercises along with getting your gun out and making it go bang. I took my wife down to the basic course, they taught her more than I could in a month of Sundays. The drive is well worth it. Do the basic then follow up quickly with Defensive Handgun 1. You won't be sorry.
     
  13. miletwo

    miletwo Gresham, Oregon Member

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    I second that. Do the basic anywhere you want, but nothing beats good quality PRACTICE and/or a class that gets you thinking defensively and shooting a LOT. I'm looking at the Defensive Handgun 1 & 2 next. That and shooting competitions with my everyday carry weapon will ensure that I'm proficient when and if I ever need to fire it in a defensive situation.

    It's not enough to own one and have the right to carry it... you also need to know how to USE it.
     
  14. OFARICK

    OFARICK Brownsville, Ore New Member

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    Please view the class schedule for Oregon Firearms Academy (Oregon Firearms Academy LLC) Basic Hangun Safety Class, we have added several more classes to avoid long waiting times for you attendance, even scheduled two classes to happen on Mondays. Click on the course and view the class contents, which also includes range time.
    Hope this helps.
    Rick
     
  15. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    OFA classes really helped me (and boy did i need help!).
     
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    Jmoney Portland, OR Member

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    The place to shoot has classes every saturday and sunday for beginners. Has anyone attended these?
     
  17. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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    While not in Portland, The Firearms Academy of Seattle (actually closer to Portland than Seattle) is about 70+ miles north of Portland. They are also awesome and may be an option if you don't mind the drive.
     
  18. Keys1971

    Keys1971 Oregon City Active Member

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    As a firearms insturctor for a local police agency, I can tell you that the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) has some good classes, from beginner to advanced. They also have various firearms that you can rent. Good luck in your journey and remember, train train train. Keys.
     
  19. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    is this the place by Clackamas town center?
     
  20. Keys1971

    Keys1971 Oregon City Active Member

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    Yes, on 82nd Ave. between Sunnyside and Sunnybrook. They are open Wednesday through Sunday.
    Keys.