Personally I think that if 16 hours is going to be a requirement, then all of the BS can be fit in the first 8 hours, and the second 8 hours should be focused on actually carrying and shooting a gun. The class I was in, maybe 30-40% of the people knew how to shoot. The rest were brutal.
In my class we spent time drawing and firing from the holster (Sirt pistols). Over half the class couldn't hit the target. I think spending more time with the Sirts would have been a great use of time.
That's something that we didn't do at all. We did practice taking our real firearms (all safety checked by the instructor) and rather than drawing from a holster, we emulated a draw, then the instructor would walk down the line critiquing everyone. It honestly took no more than 30 minutes.
I just think that people would benefit more from time being spent on actually carrying, handling, firing, etc. versus sitting through hours of time that could be condensed into 8 and the other 8 spent on making sure that people are actually "ready" for carrying.
I've always been against the 16 hour requirement from the perspective that people take those 16 hours, and that's the end of their training. These are the folks that say "oh I've had 16 hours of training, I don't need more". Sitting on one's butt for 10-14 hours watching/listening isn't where your education should stop.
One thing I really want to do this year is take a simunition course. I don't particularly care what the scenarios are.....car jacking, armed robbery, home clearing, etc.. but I think they'd be useful.
I'm not an instructor, so I'm not familiar with what the requirements are for teaching certain topics for amounts of time, but if it were up to me, the first 8 hours would be spent on the carry law, FOID act, as well as going through how the laws are actually applied by a prosecutor, and through the courts. Then I'd move onto scenarios and videos showing SD shootings, as well as what situational awareness means. Day 2 would be applying situational awareness, making sure everyone can draw a gun properly, knows how to grip the gun, and knows how to use the sights. The SIRT's are a great tool so I'd incorporate those. Then hopefully all of that took no longer than 5-6 hours and I'd move everyone over to the range. Prior to the actually qualification, I'd watch each person shoot, make some corrections to their grip or stance, or whatever doesn't seem right, then finish off with the qualification. But like I said, I'm not familiar with what the state requires from instructors, so I wouldn't be able to say whether this would even be feasible.
The 16 hours I took weren't bad, but we were one of the first classes so our instructors weren't as seasoned as one would expect. The whole going through NRA basic pistol the first day really aggravated me.
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