Thomasville Times Enterprise


February 6, 2014


THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) will be offering an Introduction to Firearms course this month. This course is offered through the SWGTC Economic Development Office, along with many other personal enrichment and training courses.

The course will be conducted by National Rifle Association (NRA) certified instructor James Beveridge and is based on the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course. It includes classroom and range time that will teach students how to handle and use revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting positions, and gun cleaning. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet.

“Our goal is to make our community a safer place for us all, while honoring and respecting our Second Amendment rights. Everyone who is legally eligible to own or possess a firearm, and has a desire to do so, has a responsibility to learn and practice firearm safety. With the introduction of this course, there is now an excellent way to do just that in as safe an environment as possible,” Beveridge said.

In addition to the standard basic pistol course content, this course will also provide an introduction to rifle and shotgun terminology, and an overview of Georgia-specific information related to firearm ownership and possession. The complete course will consist of two 2.5 hour evening classroom sessions, and one 4-hour Saturday range session. The course dates and times are as follows: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 P.M.-8:30 p.m. (Building A, Room 132), Thursday, Feb. 20t, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Building A, Room 132), and Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (outdoor shooting range). Cost of this course will be $70.

For more information or to register, contact Southwest Georgia Technical College Economic Development at 229-227-2579 or Beveridge at 229-227-2680.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

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