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10-24-2009, 9:30 AM

Want to start off by saying how thankful I am that there is such an active California Firearms forums! :D

Please forgive me if I'm posting this at the wrong sub-forum. This seemed to be the best fitting for my topic.

My wife and I are looking for an instructor (preferably train at the Insight gun range in Artesia ).

I am a beginner gun-owner. I purchased my Beretta about 10 years ago, took it out to the range about 10-15 times, had kids, locked up the guns and forgot about it for several years.

My wife has almost no knowledge about firearms and I don't want to teach her any bad habits that I most likely have... and also because I'm still a beginner.

My wife would also like to purchase her own first revolver for self-defense.

Looking for an instructor online, there's just too many to choose from, so I would like some personal recommendations.

We would like to train together at the same time, but each with our own instructor. Prefer the Insight range (because it's in our neighborhood).

Thank you so much! :)

10-24-2009, 10:00 AM

"ITTS" with Brett McQueen &/or Scott Reitz. They'll likely be using their own facility but do call them to make sure if any special arrangements for you can be made or not. If special arrangements can't be made, it's likely because they're busy and they're busy because they're good.

Then there's Louis Awerbuck: http://www.yfainc.com/schedule.html
The closer classes seem to be up in Santa Clara with a class happening right now, according to his schedule.

I don't know who or what Insight in Artesia has to offer. If convenient and the price is right, it may be a good place to start with training with who they have to give the class. Let us know how it goes! It's nice to see someone interested in getting professional training. Then there are those out of state places like Gunsite (http://www.gunsite.net/) and Frontsight (http://www.frontsight.com/).

10-25-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm not familiar with Insight so can't directly help you there.
Starting at a local range isn't a bad idea and you will need a local range to get enough practice in.
The one major disadvantage is the sound and pressure waves from firing indoors bother some new shooters.
Outdoor ranges are much better in that aspect.
Unfortunately outdoor ranges tend not to be in the middle of the city so you'll have to drive a bit.

The outdoor range our family has gone out to is FTA http://www.ftatv.com/home .
It's about 36 miles from Insight and has a a large variety of classes from beginner to advanced.
They also have a Ladies only one: http://www.ftatv.com/ladies-pistol-and-self-defense .
My wife and daughters have taken that class and recommend it.
I've taken a number of their classes and highly recommend them.
Browse their website to get a feel for what they can offer.

10-25-2009, 1:19 AM
If you can sneak away for the weekend I got a lot of bang for my buck at Front Sight NV. You can pick up a first time certificate in the for sale forum for $150. It is good for one person 4 days or 2 people 2 days.

10-25-2009, 6:03 AM
Please have your wife start out w/ a .22. Start her w/ a .357 & you'll be enjoying your hobby..alone.

10-25-2009, 7:21 AM
Greg Block.

10-25-2009, 10:02 AM
All Safe Defense. He is great with beginners. You do not even need a gun for the basic class. He starts out with .22 and works up to a 44 mag. I took my 21 year old daughter who was afraid of guns. Now she wants a gun. He does the gun safety stuff in his office in Orange on Wed and the range shooting at Burro Canyon the following Sat or Sun.

10-25-2009, 10:38 AM
Greg Block.

I would second this recomendation. Greg's intro classes are very well oriented towards beginers. There are always female instructors present as well. Also the rental guns he provides for the course are revolvers. This seems like a good fit considering what you are looking for. His classes take place at burro canyon range. Check out firearmstraining.com

10-25-2009, 1:45 PM
Greg Block.

+1 Great for what the OP is looking for

10-25-2009, 3:27 PM
Greg Block

10-25-2009, 4:22 PM
Another vote for Greg. First time my g/f or I shot a handgun was with Greg. The female instructor was very kind and helpful to her. She had a blast and she shot a 9mm Sig P6.

10-29-2009, 10:05 AM
ITTS. Best to learn from a guy who has been in shootings, acts as an expert witness in shooting cases, and trains gunfighters around the world. Scotty is not for the faint of heart... but neither is a gunfight.