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You may be an experienced owner of a Smith & Wesson SD9. Over the years, you may have developed a preference for Glock and our guide rods for their models. You have developed an appreciation for stainless steel guide rods. But there was a time, when you didn’t know one end of the gun from the other. In other words, we all have to start somewhere.

Keep that in mind if you are preparing to train a beginning shooter. It is the hardest job for the firearms instructor. It doesn’t matter how much experience or talent you may have. Building a good foundation requires patience, plenty of fortitude and good rapport with the student. 

Let’s start at the beginning

When you work with a “newbie,” someone who is not familiar with firearms, or someone who has been taught improperly in the past, you first need to build a good foundation from which the student can build his or her knowledge and skills. Developing foundational skills is not “high-speed/low-drag” work. It is laborious and unadventurous. 

If you have ever taken martial arts classes, and especially if you have dropped out, you can understand how tedious learning foundational material can be. This is why martial arts instructors who teach children are often the best martial arts instructors.    

What can you do to lower a new shooter’s anxiety? 

Many beginning shooters are frightened by the idea of holding the awesome power of a firearm in their hands and unleashing its power just by pulling the trigger. An easy and simple way to get a new shooter off the ground is by training them on a .22 caliber handgun. 

Whether you go with something like a Smith & Wesson MP or a Beretta M9 22, be sure to teach your student about the importance of using a stainless-steel guide rod! And, if you’d like more help, just contact us.