These certified gun instructors usually teach a large group of at least 10 to 15 students but today they made special provisions. I was invited into the Ogburn's home and received the abbreviated version of their 4 hour long power point instruction.
From start to finish, the stressed theme was safety.
We began by covering the effective procedures for firearms safety.
"Three very important things here weapon pointed in a safe direction, finger in the home position outside the trigger guard, and once thats done we check the chamber in the magazine and make sure its clear, then you re-check it." Deems said.
Also, never under any circumstances, exchange any gun when it is in a closed position.
"That way you can see for yourself whether or not your gun is actually loaded. Don't take their word for it."
We went over the different components of various handguns and how each weapons worked.
Deems then offered several tips to increase shooting accuracy, like knowing which of your eyes is dominant, using that to line up the visual guides on the gun and using only half of the trigger finger's tip to reduce jerking at the time of explosion.
And we skimmed over handgun laws including the Firearm Permit Reciprocity. It states that if you are legally permitted to carry a firearm in Georgia, you can also do so in 23 other states. You just need to make sure that you mind their area specific rules.
Then after signing a liability waiver, we headed out to the field to put my new knowlege to practice.
With my feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and a subtle lean forward at the waist, I had my stance in check. Then it was time to fire.
It was terrifying at first, but after several shots I started having fun. Even my camera man, Adam Beaver, got in on the action.
For more information on the Central Georgia Shooting Academy visit:
http://www.centralgashootingacademy.com or call (478) 785-8358 or (478) 972-2689.