Concealing a pistol for carry in public may require testing combinations of holsters and clothing, which will all vary depending on where you expect to be and the climate. In South Florida for example in the summer, it just is not workable to conceal large pistols because you would not be wearing enough clothing to avoid what is called "printing". Printing is a vernacular term for being able to see the outline or shape of a pistol because the clothing or fabric over it is too light and flexible. It allows passersby to know you have a firearm which defeats the purpose of concealment. So in conditions like that, you may be forced to leave your large frame pistol behind and carry something smaller. Refer to the Holster Guide in your student materials to learn more. I can recommend other resources if you want to learn more.
Shooting is a safe sport. And good training, education, and practice keep it that way. Whether you are new or old in the shooting sports, one of the things in common with other sports is "fundamentals". That is, the basic ideas, concepts or techniques that always apply and require mastery to be truly proficient. In pistol shooting, there are five shooting fundamentals outlined in your NRA textbooks. The two most important are aiming and trigger control.
You can maintain at least some level of skill even just by practicing a shooting position with empty hands, then with an unloaded pistol. This is all outlined in your books, so use them. They are a great resource so please don't let them collect dust on your shelf. Use them, it's why you have them.
One of the most popular reasons for taking an NRA Basic Pistol course is to obtain a concealed carry license (CWL or CCL). A common misconception or question I am asked is if I issue licenses. No, the NRA does not issue licenses, nor does any other training school. Only the State you reside in issues licenses and laws vary widely regarding qualifications and where you may use your license. What we provide as instructors is training and proof of it in the form of a certificate you use to make your State application with.
As your Instructor I am interested in your growth in the shooting disciplines. Feel free to share what you are learning with fellow students in this "blog".