I also went to the Burro Canyon shooting range for the gun course. It was great. They taught us newbies how to accurately hit a target in a very short period of time. They also talked about shooting while walking and then we went to the shoot house.
They did a demonstration on how to clear a house in pairs, which was pretty impressive.
Some of the things they taught us included how to correctly draw and aim your weapon, making sure not to put your hand in front of the gun as you are grabbing it with your support hand and aiming it at the target.
They said to grab the gun as tightly as possible, then kind of push against the handle with the palm of your right hand and push into the opposite direction with the fingers of your left. Then put the tip of the finger against the trigger when shooting, not wrap it all the way around, because it would pull your shot to the right.
One big rookie mistake is to anticipate the shot and then jerk your hand, so you'll miss your target. They told us to avoid this by NOT thinking about the shot, but rather to \"be surprised\" by it. Gently pull the trigger, take out the slack until, suddenly, the gun fires. They said that if you don't think about the shot going off, you won't do that jerky motion that will make you miss.
We also worked on multiple shots, here they told us not to let the trigger go all the way back after the first shot, but only as far as necessary to chamber the next round. This also made the shots faster and more accurate.
About aiming the gun, they said to focus on the sights, not the target, for greater accuracy.
This was all really cool and I think we all learned a lot.
At the beginning of the day, I couldn't hit a huge target about five feet in front of me, but by the end of the day, after just a few hours, I actually hit one quite well about 20 feet away (in the shoot house).
We'll be going back next Saturday, can't wait! :D