Well I got it! I am now certified as an NRA instructor for Pistol. It was a weekend of work, a 17 hour course for those interested.
The one I took was broken down into two parts. The first part was covering how the NRA wants instructors to act, kind of a crash course in teaching. The second part was about pistols and how to teach the pistol course.
We went over a LOT of stuff in a very short time then had to take a test on each part.
For me the instructor part was rather dry and did not cover much new stuff for me. I teach classes at work all the time so much of this was a repeat.
The pistol part was a lot more interesting to me. We went over the basic laws, then how to teach pistol use to a beginner. This was a lot of stuff I already knew, but some new stuff to. It was a good review on how to hold the pistol, good pointers on trigger control and follow through helped too.
Once I passed the two tests I had to wait about two weeks for my cert from the NRA to show up in the mail. Now I have to fill out the state form and wait for the MA cert to show up. Once I have that I will be able to teach in MA so folks can get their licence.
Next week I will be assisting in my first class at the club. I don't know how many folks we will have but it will be a first class for me as an instructor of any kind. I am nervous but looking forward to it. I think I will learn a lot working with the more experienced instructors and teaching folks. You would be amazed how much you learn yourself when you teach someone how to do something . . .
So we are off on our new adventure in teaching now. . . more later