One local gun club in San Antonio, Texas, turned some heads recently when it announced that it will be offering shooting classes for the deaf, taught entirely in sign language. Nardis Gun Club says it began offering the classes to fill a demand from the gun-owning deaf community, which rarely have opportunities to enroll in firearm training classes.

“A lot of people were uncomfortable having a deaf person in their class,” attendee Robert Anlauf told KENS5. “They didn’t know how to get around the communication part.”

According to instructor Jonathon Galloway, the club is only is only one of two institutions in Texas that can offer a firearm instruction course in sign language. The classes will be small, around only 22 participants, but Galloway expects that they will be well-attended.

“Another couple in here said they’ve been waiting almost 10 years to find a class because they’ve been turned down by every other school they went to,” he said.

Nardis Gun Club offers both introductory carry classes, as well as basic, intermediate, and advanced handgun training courses. Courses that focus on rifle use, specifically the AR-15, are also available.

So the real question is, do deaf participants need hearing protection at all? Well, many deaf shooters still elect to wear hearing protection for many reasons, including combating vertigo.

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3 thoughts on “Video: Gun Club Offers Course for the Deaf, Hearing Protection Optional?

  1. I’ve deaf on one side. Out of curiosity I once only protected my hearing side and did some shooting. Even though my hearing wasn’t affected the pressure wave from each shot hitting my ear drum hurt. I expect that fully deaf people will be just the same and opt for ear protection to avoid unnecessary pain.

  2. I am a Teacher of the Deaf. This is a wonderful idea and I have no idea why anyone has been refused in the past unless they wanted the instructor to supply the interpreter. But the truth is that MOST “Deaf” people still have residual hearing, even it if is only at a 20-40% range. Even that little bit can be useful in daily life. The last thing they’d want is that little bit removed. I keep Ear protection in the wood shop even though my students are Deaf. It just makes sense. As the other poster said, the percussion of the shots can be uncomfortable and disruptive to the ear canal. The benefits of wearing protection far outwear comfort of not wearing it. They might want to rethink that part of thier policy once they look into it further.

  3. Hey, i am deaf but very fluent with guns and i am trying to become a certified instructor but it requires NRA classes and i am looking for interpreters to sign for me so i can take all the NRA class requirements prior to becoming instructor myself but it is going to cost me a plenty to pay for interpreters!! Who would volunteer that?

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