Ladies’ Basic Training/Refresher Pistol Class

July 28 - HR&GC was proud to host a Ladies Training/Refresher Pistol Class on July 28th. The class was instructed by Jenifer Marchesi, a well-known and respected NRA certified instructor who graciously volunteered her time, and attended by eleven enthusiastic ladies from the surrounding area. The course provided classroom and firing range instruction on the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers. .22 caliber pistols were used in the morning session first, with the opportunity for the participants to later shoot semi-automatic pistols and revolvers ranging in caliber from 9mm to .380. Don Ringwood provided morning coffee and pastries and a wonderful luncheon of sandwiches, soup, salads and desserts. Many thanks to range safety officers Jim Tipton and Jim Clemence, who joined with Jenifer in coaching the ladies at each of three stations in the pistol house. Each attendee was mailed a Certificate of Attendance.

The response to an email sent by the Club during the week after the class was universally positive, with some great suggestions on improvements and subjects for the next class. Here are some comments:

Really enjoyed the class. One suggestion would be maybe to have half the class go to the range and other get more instruction inside and then rotate so their is less down time. It is hard to hear with ear protection so you couldn't really learn from instructors that were helping others except by sight. So maybe 1:1 in club house with training gun to practice holding aiming etc....
Comments on the class you attended: I enjoyed it very much. I think it was the right amount of information, presented thoughtfully and clearly. Jennifer was fantastic. Thank you for offering this!
Suggestions for improvement: Smaller groups for less waiting time and more hands-on time to practice loading, etc.
Suggestions for other subjects that could be covered in a new class: Loading, cleaning firearms.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS IN MAKING THE PISTOL CLASS LAST SATURDAY, SO INFORMATIVE, AND
INCLUSIVE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO LEARN. JENIFER WAS AN EXCELLENT INSTRUCTOR, AND SHE
MADE ME FEEL MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IN HANDLING A PISTOL.

Thank you for a very educational day and introduction to fire arms! Great Groupon of ladies and very informative. Would definitely recommend this class to women I know.

It was a great safety refresher (for myself) and nice to see ladies there who were inexperienced leaving confident regarding handguns.
I enjoyed the class very much!! Thank you for putting on this event. I liked the fact that it was all women, and taught by a woman. I also like trying out different guns, the hands on practice was very useful. The only thing is there was a lot of time just waiting around waiting to be able to shoot, as there are only 3 stations. But I realize this is out of your control.

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