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If you’re looking a get a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), you might already know that there’s a practical test and written exam. You need to score 80 per cent or higher in both tests to pass your Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). There’s so much to learn about handling, using, transporting and storing firearms and ammunition that you want the best instructor possible. You don’t want to waste $150 on a course run by a substandard instructor who can’t or won’t help you reach your full potential. A CFSC should be fun, informative and rewarding, so today we’ll quickly look at the sure-fire questions you can ask to find an awesome instructor.

Does The History Of The Company Matter?

You could be forgiven for thinking that an established training center offers superb, unbeatable training. Think again. Have a look for job vacancies online and see for yourself how easy it is to train as an instructor. Most instructors work part-time and there are no minimum educational requirements. Almost anyone with the right skills, knowledge and training can become a firearms instructor. This provides you with something of a paradox. A brand-new training company might land themselves an ex-Navy Seal who could teach a worm how to shoot the fleas off a dog’s back while an established company might have a laissez faire ex-gun shop employee who cares more about his next paycheck than whether his students learn. Company history doesn’t tell you the whole story.

What Experience Does The Instructor Have?

This is the best question to ask any training center or instructor that you contact. There’s no right or wrong answer. It can be great to have an instructor with teaching experience in the military, law enforcement or security but while this doesn’t ensure the quality of their teaching skills, it’s a good rule of thumb. What matters is whether the instructor has a passion for teaching and the necessary teaching skills beside the technical competence. As instructing is generally a part-time gig, a successful, trained school teacher, university lecturer or even driving instructor will have a huge range of transferable skills. They’ll know how to meet your needs, communicate effectively and provide you with the support you need to learn successfully. Professional background isn’t everything.

Has Anyone You Know Got Any Recommendations?

A personal recommendation is your best route to finding a decent instructor. While people are more likely to report negative experiences, if you outright ask people you know for their input, you’ll get far more valuable information than anything you could glean from a website or a review posted online. No matter how swish or professional a training company’s site looks, what matters is whether their employees delivery quality, helpful and rewarding training experiences.

Have You Met The Instructor?

Most people will simply search online and visit their nearest, most convenient training center. That’s fine, but it’s worth driving a bit further to check out your options. Only a real, face-to-face meeting with the instructors at a training center will let you know whether you have found the right person for you. Instructing is mostly teaching and developing a personal relationship built on respect and trust is critical. You should at least make an effort to meet an instructor before you sign up. What you want to know if whether they have instructed lots of people with your level of experience. If you find someone who has trained lots of people in your position before, you’ll know you’ve found a great fit.

There is a big difference between people who are educated on how and why guns are used today and those who have just picked up the ability through experience. It does not entirely mean though that those who have no training are incapable of using a rifle properly. For years, rifles and guns have been used to defend humans from harm, however, it is also a fact that many crimes and death happened because some people were not responsible about using these weapons. For this reason, many believe that before a weapon like this is handed into the care of an individual, he or she must attend a firearms training.

Why Firearms Education is Vital?

Education is a vital part of anything. Before a person is given simple tasks such as data entry or data encoding, he or she is taught how to use the computer and software included in the project. The same is true for guns and rifles. A person who is going to handle any kind of firearms must know the history of the weapon, who invented it, the reasoning why it was invented and so on. This allows the future user to understand how big his responsibility is. This helps the person understand what the purpose of using the firearm is; aside from his predetermined use of it.

Advantage of Firearms Training

There are many reasons and advantages why it is important that a gun owner must undergo training. Here are a few of those advantages and reasons:

• Safety. Safety for both user and anyone who is near him or her. In the training, future users are taught about the importance of each part of the firearm. The training also involves safety reminders like, what is the importance of not pointing the gun at anyone, using the safety pin and others.
Training also lessens the possibility of accidental firing.

• Caring. During the training, everyone needs to learn how to take care of the item. This of course increases the shelf life of the product. In addition, proper form and stance on how to fire a gun is also taught. Many people miss out on the fact that firing a firearm is actually a physically demanding activity. Wrong leg and arm position could potentially damage the muscles, bones and tendons of those handling the gun aside from the fact that it could of course lead to accidentally killing others.

• Mental and Physical Preparation. Another important reason why anyone who wants to handle a firearm needs to train is for mentally and physically prepare themselves. People with weak body constitution are most likely going to be injured upon using a rifle or gun if not prepared. Mental preparation is also important. Carrying and firing a gun would need the proper frame of mind. This is to avoid making future criminals.

The importance of training is not only for the users themselves, It is also to ensure that they would not use the weapon to destroy the lives of others.

Holding a gun is a bit responsibility. It is used to protect the lives of people but it can also take it. Thus, preparation through training is highly advisable.