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Posted: 3/27/2009 5:57:43 PM EDT
My son and a friend's son are both in Air Force ROTC programs and want to learn the proper USAF way to shoot pistols before they go to summer camp and have to qualify.
Both these young men have been around firearms and have been hunting and shooting for a while but have never had any formal handgun training.

I do not feel qualified to teach them these skills, does anyone know of a video we could get or of a course they could take that might help? Does anyone know the details of the course of fire that they will have to shoot to qualify? .

Thanks
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 6:12:26 PM EDT
I spent 9 years in the Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist and to tell you the truth there is no "Air Force" way. Find yourself a good instructor, you might want to check your local Police Academy, and have them taught the fundamentals. If you can, find them a couple of Beretta 92s to learn on. That will be the pistol they are trained on. I see you're in AL, what part? I'm in Pascagoula, MS near Mobile. If we're close enough, I'll help you out.

Marty
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 6:18:03 PM EDT
PPCshooter1

I have the Beretta 92fs for them to shoot

I am in Birmingham,
I have put out some inquiries with my local range about finding an instructor. If I were to find a former Marine or Army instructor would that work?
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 6:33:30 PM EDT
Maybe. Fundamentals are fundamentals. I'm more familiar with Law Enforcement Instructors, being one myself. In addition, a good L.E. Instructor can teach them immediate action that may not be taught in the military courses. Military training is geared for the lowest common denominator/training to qualify, even the military cops aren't taught the stuff civilian police officers are. When I left the Air Force and joined the local Sheriff's Department, the Senior Firearms Instructor refused to honor my military training and required me to complete his semi-auto transition course. I thought I knew how to handle a pistol due to my military training. That man showed me I didn't know a damn thing. Like I said before, go talk to your local Police Department or Academy Instructor
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 6:48:17 PM EDT
After they go active, if they are deployed to a combat zone find them genuine Beretta magazines to take with them. The military is currently using lowest bidder mags that are crap. Berettas run best with Beretta mags that are coincidentally made by Megcar. If you can start haunting gun shows, you might be able to find genuine Beretta M9 mags but I would rather have new 92 mags. If you do find M9 mags, you might have to change springs and followers but they will at least have mags they can trust. 95% of semi-auto pistol malfunctions can be traced to the mags. I carried a Beretta 96, .40 cal, as a Deputy Sheriff and only used genuine Beretta mags. I had one set for duty and another for training. That way my duty mags didn't get beat up.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 6:56:49 PM EDT
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