Since I was born and raised in Texas, I thought I knew how to shoot until I got to Massachusetts and found out otherwise. I remedied the problem by taking the National Rifle Association's basic pistol marksmanship course. Over time I followed that with many other courses, and eventually became certified to teach the NRA's pistol, rifle, shotgun, and personal defense courses.
International-style matches are popular in the Boston area, and I shot a lot of them, achieving master classification in air pistol. I went to the US championships three years, shooting free pistol and air pistol — 56th fastest gun in the west! In the early days of the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association I fired quite a few of those matches, winning the Massachusetts state championship in the standing and revolver classifications.
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!
In the early 90s my interest in personal protection grew, and I continued the education process with a trip to the American Pistol Institute's API 250 class, then owned and run by the famous Jeff Cooper. Other courses followed, including Massad Ayoob's Lethal Force Institute in New Hampshire, Gunsite's shotgun class known as API 260, and others. I am now certified by the states of Massachusetts and Utah to provide training required for their licenses to carry concealed weapons.
In Massachusetts you must have a permit to own any type of firearm. There are several courses which satisfy the training requirements for a license to carry firearms (also known as a pistol permit) or a firearms identification card. My most popular class is the NRA's Home Firearm Safety class, which is a classroom-only course,no shooting involved. This will take an evening of your time and $35. Contact me to schedule a class.
Whether your interest is the first introduction to firearms, to sport shooting, to the legal use of deadly force in defense of your life or the lives of your family, give me a call and we'll talk about what you want and how to get it.
Every shooting class starts with a review of the safe handling of firearms. Most of my classes include a section on legal restrictions on self-defense as well. Reading ahead will make the class go more smoothly and also make you look good to the other students.