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    The NRA has decided to make the "Basic pistol" course an online presentation. The student registers for the NRA basic pistol class and then does the "classroom" portion on-line and then presents the range instructor with a completion certificate and a checklist of what the range instructor must witness/verify at the range. As far as I can detain from the many facebook posts, the NRA is going to charge $50.00. How can any instructor plan to to teach the range portion and make any money?

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    Hmm...first I've heard of this. Does NRA offer instructors any options? Maybe "blending" a bit more advanced training with the beginning range course? Don't know...trying to brainstorm here.
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    This sounds like to me to be a method to cut into actual range instructors pockets. At least that's how it sounds to me.
    I understand the idea behind this, that being controlling the course being taught, but I also see it as an attempt to cut the earnings of the actual range instructors. Or.........making the price go up as well, as that could be another outcome of the split course. The NRA makes more, and the range instructors keep their prices about the same too.
    In the end, I cannot see where the paying customer gains in this.

    I'd have to hear and see more about this to formulate more of an opinion than what I am gleaning from this right now.

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    From what I have gathered so far from the FaceBook posts on the NRA page is that the NRA is going to charge between 50 and 75 dollars for the student to take the on-line course and then expect the range instructor to VERIFY the info they learned online and then conduct the range/shooting part of the class. In my opinion, the NRA is ripping off NRA instructors; so I charged $90.00 to conduct and NRA Basic Pistol class. I paid $13.00 for each NRA student packet for the class and I paid $10.00 for each student's range fee from the $90.00. This NRA program, in my opinion is only a way for the NRA to make money and take money away from the instructors. Well, I have solved that problem...I will never teach an NRA class again. I have designed my own class that incorporates some of the basic pistol concepts but adds in defensive shooting concepts vs. that stupid marksmanship shooting.
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