Introductory Pistol Course

Sarah Smith Barnum takes the basic pistol course, getting another step closer to a concealed carry permit, and learns more about handguns along the way.

One of the many educational courses the NRA offers is the introductory handgun course, which is the first step in obtaining a concealed carry permit. Although I don't feel like I'm quite ready to carry concealed just yet, I did want to take the course to have the option of getting it and to learn more about handguns. The five-hour class sped by, and the knowledge—although basic—was still plentiful. Besides learning about the parts of a gun, basic safety measures, and the rules and responsibilities of owning and shooting a gun, there was so much more that I walked away with.

What I found most important was that becoming a gun owner, or getting your concealed carry permit is nothing to take lightly. I want to be sure when I buy a handgun that it is the right gun for me. It needs to fit my hand comfortably, and since I'm more interested in a semi-automatic over a revolver, I need to be able to pull back the slide easily. That may require a few push-ups on my part, because I'm a bit of a weakling when it comes to arm strength. I'm considering either a 9 mm or a .45. I've been told that the 9 mm has more kick than the .45, but I'll be testing that out just to be sure, as I am sure there is a lot more behind those claims than meets the eye.

Stay tuned as I continue my journey into the world of hunting and shooting!

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