Today, I ventured into the "other side" of firearms training - the teaching side.
Last week, while we were taking our handgun course, I was honored to be asked to come back this weekend and help coach today's ladies class. The ladies class will always have a special place in my heart; without it, I would not be who I am today. I know some people scoff at women-only classes, but this class was the first place I handled a firearm and it truly was a life-changing experience. I really do not think I would have gotten started shooting if the ladies class was not available, so to have the chance to help other woman have that experience... well, like I said, I was very honored.
So, I became "Gun Girl Number Three," and pitched in with two other women coaches to help the instructor with the class. On the surface, the job is fairly simple - watch for safety violations, offer one-on-one advice, answer questions, etc. However, by the end of the day, I was mentally fried, well beyond what I had expected. Watching for safety is a pretty big responsibility, and though I have plenty of experience teaching, it's not generally in ways that could save someone's life some day.
Still, despite the exhaustion, it was an amazing experience. I guess I did a good job too, as I've been invited back. All in all, a really fantastic day!
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