OldManTod wrote:ummmm... I don't recall the NRA Basic Pistol couse being open book either by design or by law - you may want to contact your training counselor for clarification.
My training counselor is also my CCW instructor. When I took my CCW class it was open book. I also teach my class that way, and take the time to discuss any questions that were missed so I am sure my students understand the material. I am also willing to take the extra time to make sure my students know the material and pass the test. They are paying for the class, so it is my duty to make sure they understand the material. They will pass the test before they get their certificate.
I believe that anyone with the proper mind set can be taught, so the only way a student can fail my class is:
1) Physical limitations that prevent them from being able to handle a firearm safely. I will also work with these people in every way I can to find out how they can correct this. If I cannot help them with this I will refund their money and try to help them find someone who can help them.
2) Bad attitude. IE act like they want to go and shoot someone.
3)Repeated safety violations, such as sweeping other students or myself with the muzzle after being corrected repeatedly. I will not pass someone whom I believe is going to shoot someone accidentally from being careless.
I am still new at teaching the class, but I use my experiences from the years I have owned firearms, and incorporate them into the class as real world examples. I want my students to have fun, be safe, and most importantly be able to protect themselves.
NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Handgun and Personal Protection.
4 County Conservation Club Member
US Army Veteran