Montgomery Police Department teaches firearms safe...: Montgomery Police Department Lt. Stephen Lavender teaches Montgomery Advertiser reporter Kym Klass how to shoot a firearm at the MPD firing range in Montgomery, Ala, on Tuesday December 17, 2013. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)With feet positioned shoulder-width apart and eyes narrowing in on a target several feet ahead, arms and hands are steady and knees, slightly bent.The top third of the forefinger rests on the trigger of a .38 revolver and the outline of a man is the target. First shot: It is powerful and loud, with the sound of the force muffled only by ear protection. The target is hit in the chest area. The shooter looks at the instructor slightly and she is told to continue. Second hit: chest. Third hit. Fourth.
“You actually did really good,” said Lt. Stephen Lavender, training bureau commander with the Montgomery Police Academy. “Want to do it again?”
The revolver is reloaded.
Pop. Pop. Pop.
It is a scenario Lavender handles on a frequent basis as he trains citizens through the academy’s Firearms Familiarization Course, a monthly eight-hour course designed to make firearm owners familiar with not only their weapon, but gun laws and the parameters they have to accept when owning a gun.
“Women are coming here to learn how to use the weapon,” he said. “And what we’re able to offer is more than just the ability to shoot.”
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