FAQs


Advice

Yes, I can give you direction as to the type, size, and caliber of a firearm based on your proposed use.

Yes.  However, if you are pregnant or nursing, we require a written doctor’s authorization that will allow you to handle firearms and ammunition.

Yes.  Students must be US Citizens.  Courses presented by Straight Shooter Tutor are not available to any individual who has been convicted of a crime of violence, not of good repute, or who is prohibited by federal, state, or local law from possessing firearms.

If you are pregnant or nursing, we require a written doctor’s authorization that will allow you to handle firearms and ammunition.

If your son or daughter wants to attend a course, and they are between the ages of 13 to 21, they are welcome on two conditions.  First, we must receive a signed parental/guardian consent form/waiver.  Secondly, at least one parent or guardian must be taking the course at the same time.

Enrollment

Find the course you are interested in on the calendar and click on it.  You will be taken to a page where you can register.  Click the ‘Register’ button, fill in the form and make your payment to reserve your position in the class.

Yes.  Whether you have a pistol already or are still looking for the ‘right’ pistol for your circumstances, enrolling in the Basic Pistol Course Phase I & II will teach you proper and safe gun handling.  You will be able to rent various pistols at the range allowing you to better determine which pistol to purchase when you are ready.

Students under 21 years of age taking a firearms class are allowed on two conditions.  First I need a signed parental/guardian consent form/waiver.  Second, at least one parent or guardian must be taking the course also.

Equipment

A pistol or revolver, optionally additional magazines or speed loaders, eye and ear protection (can be purchased at the range), a hat or cap with a bill, comfortable shoes or boots (no sandals), and ammunition.

No. If you haven’t decided on which pistol to purchase you will be able to rent one or more pistols from the range as long as you use ammunition purchased there.

Practice

Practice is very important for owners of firearms. If you cannot get to a range and practice using live fire, you can do what is call “Dry Firing” with an empty firearm. Dry firing is when you practice all of the proper methods of shooting using an unloaded gun. Always pointing the unloaded firearm in a safe direction, you aim, hold, breathe, squeeze the trigger, and follow-through just as you would with a loaded firearm at the range.

Dry firing practice can be done anytime you have about 3-5 minutes free. Just make sure that you follow all of the rules for gun safety. The more you do it, the better you will get at the range because you are creating muscle memory.

Safety

Guns should be stored so that unauthorized persons cannot access them.  You may have to purchase a gun safe if you have multiple firearms to secure or maybe a bedside gun vault if your only need to secure one firearm.  This goes for firearms in vehicles also, just locking the car is not enough, it should be out of sight, and secured in some manner, preferably with a mobile gun vault secured to your vehicle.  And again the combinations/keys to these devices should only be available to people authorized by you to access the firearm.

There are four basic safety rules for handling firearms of any sort.

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  4. Always know your target and what is beyond it.

There are many more safety rules when it comes to firearms in addition to these and you can find them here.

Supplies

It can range from a minimum of 50 rounds to a maximum of 200 depending on the course.  Generally you will need no more that 150 rounds of ammunition for your pistol.

No, I do not sell ammunition.  You may bring your own ammunition as long as it is commercially loaded (no home reloads) or purchase it from a sporting goods store or at the range.

No.  I am an NRA Certified instructor only.  I do not possess the necessary Federal Firearms License that is required to make a business in selling firearms.