The Clackamas County Public Safety Training Center offers a number of firearms classes organized into a curriculum that guides a beginner with no previous handgun experience through a training regimen that’s ultimately equivalent to what the Oregon State Trooper cadets go through at the academy. Having completed the PST 101 course in June, I recently took and passed its follow-up, PST 101A.
I could launch into a ramble about the informative and educational content of this class which combines classroom lectures and discussion with range exercises involving live ammo, but the course description page is way more succinct and just as informative. I will say that it was a lot of fun learning and practicing new skills, with the safe handling of firearms always at the forefront.
Eight hours or so later (this class basically took all Saturday with a brief lunch break), and having gone through almost 400 rounds of 9mm ammo I passed the 101A exam. The test consists of 36 shots fired at 3, 5, 7, and 10 yards, some of which involved combat/emergency reloads and timed fire. I used a Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 4" Compact for this course, and I think I did okay with it. No malfunctions whatsoever, and worked well with an Aliengear OWB holster.
As Chop Chop Master Onion would say, “Good job Parappa, you can go on to the next stage now.” (Wahoo!) Now I’m working on holster draws and practicing weapon clears for the PST 102 class, which I plan to take in the coming months.