August 22, 2018

Taking the Canadian Firearms Safety Course with Silvercore: A Beginner Student’s Perspective

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I recently took the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CFSC/CRFSC) with Silvercore. If, like me, your knowledge of firearms is lacking, these are the courses you will want to pass before you can apply for your Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). This enables you to not only own firearms in Canada, but also ensure that you have the knowledge and understanding of firearms and the safe handling of them.

As someone who knows little about firearms, the prospect of taking this course was somewhat unnerving (i.e., I was extremely nervous). I grew up in a small town where practically everyone goes or has been hunting including my father, sister and friends. You would think that I would feel comfortable around firearms but I definitely did not. This was largely due to the fact that firearms, honestly scared me. I remember going target shooting with my family two years ago and the whole time I was constantly thinking, “do not mess this up.” Everything about them intimidated me including how loud they were and knowing how powerful they were. I am slightly accident-prone and I did not trust myself to be in control of something that could cause so much damage. This changed after I took the CFSC/CRFSC course.

Walking into the class I was relieved that I was not the only one with little experience or knowledge of the subject matter. There was an even mix of inexperienced and experienced students (many getting their license for work, to go hunting or for recreation). I am not going to go into too much detail about what the course covers but rather focus on what resonated with me after taking it. This is mainly because it covers a lot. It is a two-day course from 9:30-5:00pm and there is a lot of information to learn including everything from the history of firearms to the types of firearms, their parts, how they work.

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