Junius @ Looking Backward shares with us a glimpse into his first steps in obtaining his Chicago Firearms Permit.
In pursuit of the ever-elusive legally owned Chicago-bound handgun, I found myself in a western suburb this weekend going through the NRA Basic Pistol course. I cannot recommend this class highly enough to someone with little practical experience in shooting or weapons safety. The class goes into great detail in examining the constituent parts of revolvers and semiautomatic handguns, spends time discussing safety in detail (as well as legal and ethical liability), shooting stance, grip, correcting shooting errors, assessing the difference between calibers and how to recover from common weapons malfunctions. And that’s just the classroom portion.
I ended up having to come back the next day for range time since I misjudged my I-Go reservation, but benefited from the undivided attention of our teacher. Within an hour I had dramatically improved my accuracy with the Glock 17 (and while I originally hated this handgun, it turns out that a proper grip corrects the slide bite and loose accuracy that irritated me at first). As my instructor was certified by Illinois as a firearms instructor, he was able to sign the training affadavit for the Chicago Firearms Permit application.
Julius also has a few more posts on Chicago’s responsible gun ownership ordinance with some great insight.