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Citizens academy: Week 3

April 3, 2013 - Jill Gosche
Tuesday evening marked the third session in Tiffin Police Department's citizens academy. For this class, we were divided into three groups, with all four of us women in the same group. Our group's lesson was about firearms. We had classroom instruction and were given a sheet of paper containing the top firearm safety rules: treat every firearm as if it is loaded; never point the muzzle at anything you don't want to shoot; keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot; and know your target and what is beyond it. After classroom instruction, we went into the range, where we could shoot three firearms, a Glock 40, a 9mm and an Mp5 fully automatic. I had had experience with shooting handguns, but shooting the fully automatic was new to me. I appreciate the chance to get experience with handling and shooting firearms. I find it empowering and am thankful that I have had good instructors along the way. The class is having a friendly competition to see whether the men or the women are a better shot. I was proud of how we shot and am ready to see if the men can do better!



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