My thoughts on the Canadian (Restricted) Firearms Safety Course
I recently completed the education course required to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) from the RCMP. Non-restricted and restricted firearms are handled separately here in Canada, and you must complete a second course to apply for your Restricted or RPAL. If offered to you, it is well worth doing your CRFSC – restricted firearms safety course – at the same time as your CFSC.
The course that I attended took place over three evenings after work. Each session was four hours long. This method I highly recommend, since four hours is not too long or too much material for one sitting. I took my course through Silvercore Advanced Training Systems and I highly recommend checking them out if you are in Vancouver, the lower mainland BC, or Vancouver Island.
Jack Spirko: “Schools Teach Conformity”
“Schools teach conformity. Schools are not designed to educate. Education is about teaching people to learn. Schools are designed to breed conformity.
Everybody sit in a desk in a nice straight line. Put your head down and take a nap when you’re told. Be on time or you’re in trouble. Learn at the same speed as the person next to you – even if the person next to you is a friggin’ moron! It’s fair, it’s fair that Johnny is a dumb ass and Timmy is smart and that Timmy has to slow down his learning unless Timmy goes into a special place for the accelerated gifted child. Where he will work harder and get the same.”
– Jack Spirko / The Survival Podcast episode 1269
Spend a few hours at your local indoor shooting range
You can only learn so much from YouTube, movies, video games, and websites. This is especially true when it comes to firearms. When learning to fire guns and rifles, nothing can replace experience and professional instruction. Putting rounds downrange with your own finger on the trigger is the best way to learn – then supplement with books, online courses, and even quality YouTube Channels.
This past weekend I decided to head off to the indoor shooting range in our city. This gave me the opportunity to get familiar with and try out various handguns, shotguns, and even some carbines. Whether you are just getting started with shooting and aren’t sure it’s for you, or maybe you are just trying to decide between a few different weapons for your next purchase – a trip to a gun range is likely the right move for you. Continue reading