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I just recently moved from Texas to Georgia and am looking for a good place to receive basic Glock training in or near the Atlanta area. I'd like to find a place that will teach me how to field strip the pistol properly, cleaning and maintenance procedures, as well as basic handgun 101 and possibly concealed and carry classes.
I purchased a 17 about five years ago for basic home and personal protection and have literally never fired it once. Blasphemy I know, but I'm now ready to break that streak and learn how to properly handle and take care of my handgun.
Any suggestions for really good places, possibly on the Northside? I'm off of 400 in Alpharetta. I would be more than willing to drive most anywhere around town.
being that close to the home office i would go to smyrna and tour the plant. while youre there ask them who or where they may recommend. maybe youll get lucky and they will take you under their wings.
Rogers Shooting School in Elijay. I don't have a link; try Google. You won't get better training this side of Gunsite or Thunder Ranch.
For GlockSmithing, you might see if you can wiggle your way into the sun source itself; a Basic Armorer's school right at Glock USA HQ just south of you in Smyrna. Those are usually only open to Police Armorers and Gunsmiths, but you can try.
If you want MATCHES, you have moved to the right place. There is an USPSA or IDPA within an hour's drive of Atlanta just about any weekend of the month.
Google up the Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville and River Bend Gun Club in Dawsonville. Both are not that far from Alpharetta.
On the other side of Atlanta is the South River Gun Club.
All three of the above run State- and/or Area- level USPSA and IDPA matches. Tough to beat them for good matches by comparison to any other State.
FYI, the South River Gun Club is hosting the USPSA Area VI 3-Gun Championship Nov. 7,8, and 9 if you want to check that out.
Again south of Atlanta, the Griffin Gun Club in Griffin has a "Steel Challenge" match once per month that is a lot of fun. That is usually the 1st Saturday of the Month, so you might be able to get there as early as this coming Saturday.
Then, if you want to get together with other Glock owners, try the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation. Last year both the above-mentioned River Bend and South River clubs hosted one. A GSSF match is usually a good place to sit down with Glock Armorers and pick up some hints, do's and dont's and have your Glocks inspected and parts updated or worn parts replaced. Free of charge.
There was another at Ft. Benning and another just a couple of hours east in Anderson, SC. However, word has it that Anderson won't be having one in 2009. It'll probably be replaced, though.
If you have never shot a gun before, you should take a basic gun safety class, which most shooting range will offer. If you already have some training, but have never shot your Glock, the web has much information to offer. The basic information that you are looking for (field strip, cleaning) can be found on the web. If you search for the phrases "field strip Glock" and "clean a Glock" in www.youtube.com, you will find plenty of information. Here are some links:
Also use Google to find media other than videos.
being that close to the home office i would go to smyrna and tour the plant. while youre there ask them who or where they may recommend. maybe youll get lucky and they will take you under their wings. tour the plant !!!! they sure as hell don't give you a tour you sit in a little room and wait till they give your gun back !!!!!!:whistling:
and for pistol-traning !!! I would get with this guy ( Dave Sevigny ) he has pistol-traning on the side when he is not on the road for teamglock !!!!! http://sevignyperformance.tripod.com/home.html
If you up near Cumming, the guys at Bullseye Marksman are pretty good.
If Obama loses....I fear you'll need that training.
Thank you very much for the replies everyone. Norske, I sincerely appreciate that detailed write up. I'm not completely new to guns. I fired rifles and shotguns as a kid, along with a few pistols from time to time, but it's been at least 10 years since I've last been active.
Essentially I would like to learn the basic fundamentals for proper handgun handling. I'd like to start getting a lot more active and shooting regular at least once a week, and I don't want to look like I haven't got a clue when I go to a range. I understand there is a learning curve with everything and that I will look the part with more experience, but I'd like to learn the standard norms associated with handling for safety.
I'm going to look more in to that Rogers Shooting School in Elijay and also contact Sevigny Performance to see what kind of training options they offer. Thanks for that link SCC. By the way, SCC, I couldn't really tell from your reply. Were you implying that going to tour the factory was a waste of time because they keep you in one room, or was that a bit of humor on your part that I just didn't pick up on? I'm going to check out Bullseye Marksman as well since they seem to be very close by.
www.firearmz.net for training
www.georgiapacking.org for Ga gun laws and a good forum
www.georgiacarry.org for local movment to improve carry rights
Welcome to Ga!! :wavey:
If its "Fight"Training training you're looking for then try these guys: http://www.tacticalresponse.com/ specifically Fighting Pistol. They'll be in Atlanta at South River Gun Club (http://www.southrivergunclub.com/)in Feb and Jun. You can register for courses here: http://www.tacticalresponse.com/schedule.php
Dispelling Myths: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB2IjENrtIo
Cleaning and Lubrication: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kBvZaj_lAU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2LbUN2esXU
May I recommend a possibly less expensive option. Check with the NRA. They have certified instructors all over the place. The Basic Pistol Course sounds just like what you might need.
FWIW - I am a NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection instructor (also a former Glock factory certified armorer).
If you ever get out west of Atlanta and just want to get together for an informal safety class/range session and be shown how to take your Glock apart I'd be happy to help. No charge, other than you have to pay the guest range fee (about $5) at my club.
You get what you pay for. The NRA training isn't even close to being in the same league as Rogers or Tactical Response.
I agree KaizenUSMC.
But it DOES offer an excellent introduction to basic pistol handling, safety, and shooting. And in these money conscious times, an NRA basic course should cost about half of what a class at any of the named training schools does.
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