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Provide basic firearms training for those who are new to using firearms or who have never had formal training and provide more advanced training for those who are exercising or considering exercising their right to defend themselves with armed force but do not have the requisite knowledge and skill set to do so.


The NRA is changing the way its basic pistol course is taught.  It is done in two phases.  Phase I will be done on-line and Phase II will be done face to face by NRA Certified Pistol Instructors. 

Click here to register for the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Phase I.

As part of the registration process you will select a user ID.  The cost for Phase I is $60.  It will take about six hours to complete the course which covers information all pistol shooters need to know.  When you pass the written test at the end of Phase I you will receive a PIN.

If you want me to be your Phase II instructor, here to register for Phase II.  This will take you to a web page where you can select an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. 
Select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting and enter 30083 in the Zip Code dialog box and click on the Search button.
You will get a list of instructors who teach Phase II within 25 miles of Stone Mountain.
Find a date that works for you and click on the "click for details button for that date.

I charge $100 for Phase II.  We will spend about four hours in the classroom and at least an hour and a half on the range.  You will need eye and ear protections and you will be responsible for range fees and professionally manufactured ammunition.  You can use your handgun or mine (at no charge) or you can use a rental pistol.

Click here to see how the course is laid out.

If you are satisfied with the cost enter your User ID and PIN and click on Validate and Register.  I will send you a confirmation message with the class location.


Interesting question that one.  The answer depends on several factors. 

The first one would be why are you interesting in shooting handguns? 

Next would be what firearms training courses if any you already have attended and with what  firearms? 

Next would be how happy you are with your current gun handling and shooting abilities? 

Finally you might ask yourself what you know about legal restrictions that affect your use of the firearm. 

Please click here for a discussion what sort of training might be appropriate for you.


No single course you can take will produce real competence with a handgun.  Firearm courses teach knowledge, skills and attitude but competence takes time, sometimes a lot of time and it takes high quality practice.  A good example in another field would be golf.  You can take all of the golf lessons you want but if you do not go out and play on a regular basis you will not be a good golfer.  The same holds true for shooting a handgun.

The logical progression depends on your current state of competence and your goals.  Please click here for a more detailed discussion.


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The second amendment is supposed to protect the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.  It does that to some extent, however since the Bill of Rights became law states, counties and cities have restricted that right to one extent or another.

Federal law specifies some restrictions as to what kind of handguns can be kept, how they must be purchased and who can legally purchase one.  There are also some federal laws that affect transport of firearms.

Most of the law that address how we keep and use firearms in Georgia are, in fact state law.

Georgia is one of the more gun friendly states but there are restrictions in effect and if you are not aware of them you could end up being charged with an offense about which you were completely unaware and which could negate your right to keep and bear arms.

If you have included firearms in your personal protection strategy you really need to understand what your rights are with respect to the use of force, specifically the use of deadly force.  If you do not understand these laws and you end up using or threatening to use a firearm in what you believe to be a clear instance of self-defense you could easily end up being convicted of a felony simply because you were operating under the assumption that common sense should prevail.

Common sense and the law occasionally but not always intersect.  It is not something that should be left to chance.  Click here to see how we address these issues with a five hour, sixty five dollar class.


What do you think is going to happen immediately after you have prevailed in a self-defense shooting? 

Most likely you will want legal counsel.  Can you handle the expense of that on your own?  

There are several organizations which offer services to assist with a justified self-defense incident.  It might be worth your time to click here and check out what these folks offer.

Incidentally nobody is going to insure you for an unjustified shooting.


The answer as of July, 2016 is happily, not much.  Yet!

The short descriptions of the policies that will become law as they are implemented do not provide enough information even to speculate what impact they will have on law abiding citizens who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights and probably Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights as well.  But knowing how the president and the majority of his party feel about the Second Amendment and our rights that he and they took an oath to protect and defend I think it prudent to watch closely as these measures take effect.

I have listed the executive orders here and as information is available I will try to post below the list in the same numbered order as they appear in the list what is being done with respect to implementation.  Much of that information will probably be done by links to other sources.  As a matter of fact on 01/25/2013 I found this link which appears to provide a bit more detail than I had when I first posted this on my website.

I included some observations about my view of these Executive Orders and some questions that I think we should be asking ourselves. 

Please pardon my apparent skepticism that much of what is done will make any sense or be respectful of the restrictions placed upon the federal government by the US Constitution and the amendments thereto.