I said I would not comment on students in Basic Pistol class, but this time around I have to. I had 16 students today. They have never touched one before. I had a petite attractive female that continually worked the iPad AND Blackberry during class. Immaculately dressed in the upscale "casual style".
So we get to it and I put a Ruger MkII .22 caliber in her hand along with 5 other students on the line at the same time. I picked the Ruger out for her to shoot first. You really have to work on getting a case of slide bite on one of those. So while I was watching other students shooting I came back around to her. She had the Ruger sitting on the shelf with the barrel in the notch on the shelf shooting away. Uh, I was flabbergasted.
Four hours in the classroom. Sight alignment, sight picture, stance, etc. That flew out of the window as soon as she got on the range. We work on it, but to no avail. .38 revolver? Ducks head to the left and yanks the trigger. No better with my humble ministrations with the Glock 19. I finally get to ask her privately if this class was a gift from a "significant other". She says no, she wants to get her CCH permit. I tell her there is much to do if she wants to do so. She was not happy about that.
Although a famous Gun Blogger told me in comments and on the phone that "You are doing the lord's work" in teaching new shooters I cannot turn water into wine.
So for tomorrow? I get to whip the purse out. Class is suddenly at capacity with 24 souls. If nothing else the number one Firearm salesman is again proving to be so.
I come away from the classes tired, weak of voice, and emotionally exhausted. When I do so however I am the most happy person on the planet. Wish me luck for my 8+ hours in the classroom and THEN go shoot tomorrow!