Mayor: A. DeLand Lainhart

Lorell Woolley
Joe Heward
Jim Bartleson
Nicole Astle

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NRA Personal Protection in the Home course

 NRA Personal Protection in the Home October 21st 6-10P & July 22nd 8A-5P

At the Thayne Community Center, 270 VanNoy Pkwy, Thayne, WY

NRA Personal Protection in the Home course

The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course introduces the students to defensive shooting, considering the ethics of personal protection, the importance of proper mindset, mental awareness, mental preparation, and physical conditioning.  The course exposes students to several schools of thought regarding defensive shooting techniques, and discusses the inherent strengths and weaknesses of a wide variety of positions, grips, stances, gun handling techniques, and reloading methods.  The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course discusses the law and the use of deadly force, strategies for home safety, responding to a violent conflict, selecting a pistol for self-defense, and opportunities for continued training.  This class meets the statutory requirements for the Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit.

The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course is for law-abiding adult citizens who have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature decisions.  Participants must be experienced shooters, able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling.

The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is comprised of an 8 hour block of classroom instruction plus range time.  Class size is limited to 32 students to ensure the best possible training environment.  The fee for the class is $75.00 per person.

To register for the NRA Personal Protection in the Home class please contact the Town of Thayne 307-883-2668 on or before October 12, 2016.  Class may be canceled if the minimum number of students is not met. 


*Once you have completed the NRA Personal Protection in the Home class you will be eligible to participate in my Advanced Wyoming Concealed Carry Course (Dates to be determined, based upon the number of interested and eligible students).  

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting

 NRA Basic Pistol Shooting (Phase II-blended learning) October 15th 9AM-5PM

At the Thayne Community Center, 270 VanNoy Pkwy, Thayne, WY

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting (Phase II -blended learning) 

The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for owning and using a pistol safely.  Through this course, the students will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities.  The Basic Pistol Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses.  This class meets the statutory requirements for the Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit.

The NRA Basic Pistol Course is perfect for beginners who have little to no experience with pistols or those who have not handled a pistol in a while who would like a refresher in the basics.  The class is open to any person over the age of twelve.

2016 Changes: I used to teach the full 8 hours of this class followed by time on the range, but last year the NRA changed the delivery of this class to a “blended learning” curriculum.  This means “Phase I” of the course is taught interactively via the internet and “Phase II” of the course is taught locally on the range.  The changes were made to ensure more consistent instruction, give more in depth training, prove students understand what they have learned, better documents learning, and improve retention. 

As with anything, it has its benefits and its drawbacks: it does ensure better retention through interactive quizzes, some things can be explained better through pictures and animations, the internet based training is completed at the student’s individual pace, it does ensure consistency, provides a path of learned documentation, and improves retention through reinforcement.  On the down side increases the cost of the class ($60 for the online phase and $60 for the Instructor led phase), though the class has almost doubled in length.

It was a great class before, (one of my favorites) which has become an even better class to get people started with pistol shooting. 

The course is conducted in two phases.  Phase I is online through the NRA Learning Management System (LMS).  Once the students complete the online phase, they can attend Phase II, the instructor-led training portion of the course.  During Phase II, NRA Certified Instructors validate comprehension and application of gun safety rules, range protocol, proper handling, loading and unloading procedures, application of pistol shooting fundamentals, stable shooting positions, live fire, and students shoot a final qualification.

Phase I (online) of the class must be completed before October 15th After successful completion of the online phase students can register for Phase II at . 

To register for the NRA Basic Pistol Class go to  
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