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Gun Courses in North Idaho

Folks who have ample training to turn gun apprehension into gun appreciation.

Gun Courses in North Idaho

Gun Courses in North Idaho

One of the many reason Idaho is appealing to so many residents is our pro-gun culture. Most folks who enjoy being gun owners were introduced to their correct use and handling by a parent, family member or trusted friend. But for those who are new to guns or contemplating gun ownership, there can be a high intimidation factor when someone tries to hand you a pistol or rifle saying “check out my new gun”. One may feel uncomfortable with how to receive it, hold it or what to even do with it. Many of my lady friends had their first gun experience from an overexcited spouse who wanted to share in their passion for weaponry. Sometimes that can be intimidating!

The truth is unless you grew up with guns or shoot and handle them regularly, there can be a level of apprehension around guns and their handling. Fortunately for us here in Idaho and particularly here in North Idaho, there are many folks who have ample training to turn gun apprehension into gun appreciation.

Most gun classes I have taken leave me with a notebook full of concepts, a head full of techniques and basic gun function, but still wanting more. However recently I took an excellent course taught be Russel Spriggs ( This course gave me and the other students great specific pistol holding techniques using intense hands-on training with Air-Soft and real unloaded firearms. All of us learned the necessary skills and techniques needed to feel confident to properly handle any pistol, not matter the size or caliber. With over 50% of the class being devoted to hands-on training, I was able to handle over 13 different makes and models of pistols and feel very confident in certain techniques. Safety was constantly stressed.

Russel’s devotion and commitment to training individuals with a broad range of skill levels was evident from the very beginning and his enthusiasm never waned throughout the entire class. This class is a must for any gun owner, new or old, who wants to be more comfortable around guns, holding guns and shooting guns. After all, there is no such thing as too much training!

Rep. Heather Scott
North Idaho


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1 Comment on Gun Courses in North Idaho

  1. Not too many things – especially “good” things – surprise me anymore. However, coming across this article from my own State Representative was certainly a broadside from a blindside! Thank you so much Heather, for your kind words, and thanks to the hundreds who have allowed me to be part of their continuing handgun education. A very special thank you to my fellow NRA Life Member and the Training Counselor who recognized my abilities even before I did, Michael Loy of

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