Monthly Archives: August 2012

Peaceful is the day, humble is the man, and terrible the sound of his thunder
One by one, La Garita Pistol Club Graduates another person into the World of Able Pistoleros
Terry is an old hand with handguns.  He will admit, he had a lot to unlearn.  And he did.
Ours is not the only Firearms Training facility in Costa Rica, but for Civilians, we’re the best.  Students often arrive with no skills at all.  Others come with Police or Military training…but with a mindset towards mission, not defense.
Here, in La Garita, we teach Firearm Safety and Fluency in the use of a weapon, but we also concentrate on Mental Set and Situational Awareness.  When a Student leaves us after a two or three day course, they know HOW to shoot, WHEN to shoot and that they WILL shoot if the situation warrants it.  With our training, They’ll See it Coming, too. 
Another thing, I can’t tell if it’s me, but I think our students are doing better now that we’ve started using Glock Pistols.  You too, can rent a Glock for only $20 a day.  
Another Satisfied Customer.  Congratulation, Terry!
Don’t Forget
Practice day Sunday
Sept. 2nd  
Day after Tomorrow  

A graduate from Afar.  
In England, they won’t let you have a gun.
Joel shot the first five rounds of his life after three hours of training.  But wait, he did a lot better the next day.
 We squeezed class room and live fire into the first day.   
In fact we shot until our targets were wet with rain and we were almost out of ammo.  On the second day we worked out scenarios to bring speed and accuracy together with the use of cover and in consideration of different threats.  Joel is an excellent student. No one learns as fast as he does without enormous enthusiasm. 
Smooth and rapid magazine changes…
Whilst relaxing, Joel noticed a Crock-a-Gater leaping over the backstop.  24 meters away, he nailed it with every round he fired.  Yes, he’s smiling, he’s an Englishman in a Candy Store.
Joel was mighty pleased with his rented Glock.  We took it apart and cleaned it using our NRA Gun Care System, available at La Garita Shooting Range any time you’re in the mood to use the very best.  

Don’t forget, Pistol Practice next Sunday!

Another Graduate
This time the wife of a friend.  She shined like a polished silver dollar.  It was the first time she’d had a gun in her hand and the first time she’d fired one. 
This is Kathryn’s second 6 rounds.  The first 6 taught her most of what she needed to know.
She burned through two boxes of ammo in two days.  On day three, AM Costa Rica came to take pictures.  We wore our Sunday best and Kathryn burned two more boxes before noon.  I didn’t get pictures of her last shots but AM Costa Rica did!  Look for the Story!
 AM Costa Rica Staff.  left to right, Kayla, Cynthia and Aaron.  They were professional, young and fun to talk to. They easily switched roles with camera and questions so that everyone got a “take” on the story.
After Kathryn’s course, Kayla, Cynthia and Aaron got to shoot a 9mm Glock.  The last thing we did was one more course of fire for Kathryn.  Just when she thought she was done! 
She’s is one of those students who can actually take instruction under fire.  Her form was perfect…her accuracy was almost “too” good but she lacked speed.  So I hounded her… “faster, faster, faster!”  She got it down to about 2 1/2 seconds… from holstered to a round in an 8inch circle at seven meters.  Not bad for someone who just started three days ago!  
Enrique was there, making suggestions and critiquing in his own quiet way.  It’s funny how people from all walks of life can bond at a pistol range.  You should try it…
 Aaron, Enrique, a relieved and proud Kathryn.  Kayla and Cynthia finished after a long day.


Lots to Ketchup for Today,
Not in any particular order, the first piece of business is a  
New Graduate 
Margaret is a professional woman living in Costa Rica for 29 years.  She just called one day and signed up for my course.
She said she might be going back after all these years and would feel better with defensive pistol skills.  We enjoyed each others company as the course progressed and her shooting improved dramatically too.
She seemed to like my Smith, but she was sentimentally attached to her father’s revolver.  She shot them both and did quite well with them both.  I think she’ll go on a shopping spree when she gets home.
If you think she looks a bit like Calamity Jane, keep it to yourself.  She’s made of the same frontier stock and might not take kindly to the implications.
I get a lot of mail concerning the importation of personal firearms and other legal questions.  Here are some basic guides to go by…
It never pays to import a gun.  By the time you pay legal fees, satisfy all requirements and cough up the taxes, it’s far cheaper and faster to buy your gun here in Costa Rica.
The laws in Costa Rica are becoming more stringent.  Gun stores and range owners are doing their best to fight new laws but in the end, we must obey them, whatever they are.
A firearms purchaser must have permanent residency to apply for a permit to buy, carry or own a firearm.  
If they have a corporation with a Costa Rican President, the corporation may own the gun.  An owner may also appoint a citizen a power of attorney to own a gun under the corporation.  This gets the gun in the door but does not allow anyone to carry it.  Whoever is responsible for the gun must pass the Firearms Course provided by the government.  We can prepare a person to pass the test in Spanish or in English…. and of course, we can teach them to shoot, always a good idea.  I mean, would you buy a car without knowing how to drive? 

Having said the above, I want to make it clear that I am not an attorney and take no responsibility for different interpretations of the laws in Costa Rica.

Enrique Rodriguez is an attorney though…
He owns the range we shoot at.
He knows Firearm law.
He’s a Straight Shooter.
He speaks English
You are not off your feed or miss a beat
 We did not have a meet on the last Sunday of July
Or the first Sunday of August.
Have a Match (such as they are), on the last Sunday of this month and the first Sunday of September.  Be there or be Square!