* Editors note: TOWNHALL News Editor Katie Pavlich is participating in a multi-day firearms training course at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Stay tuned for daily dispatches. The second dispatch is below. As the dispatches accumulate, they'll all be available here.
(Gunsite Academy, Paulden, AZ) My first full day of training at Gunsite in Paulden, Ariz. was what I would call a success, despite the fact I should have done a few more bicep curls before I got here.
First, let’s start with the basics, just like I did Friday morning. According to founder Jeff Cooper, the mission of Gunsite is to “provide good people with the skills by which they may conduct themselves as responsible citizens of a free society.”
What I experienced Friday reflects that mission. It is also important to note that Gunsite isn’t a shooting academy, it’s a defensive training academy. I’m currently taking the five day 223-basic carbine course jammed into three days for scheduling purposes. Before getting started early in the morning my instructor Dave, who is a former Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team member and Army vet, had me fill out a few different waivers. After that, Dave explained the four basic rules of gun safety. At Gunsite, there are no “accidents” with guns, only negligence.
ALL guns are always loaded.
NEVER let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy.
Keep you finger OFF the trigger until your sights are on the target.
ALWAYS be sure of your target.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.