You chose a good route.
Start with very basic classes and private lessons.
Don’t advance too fast. Whenever you find something not right, confusing or not comfortable enough, stop right there, rethink, correct and check again.
The best way to become knowledgeable is to watch reputable YT channels and read good books.
If you combine those with good training you will soon find out how easy is to be proficient with firearms.
BTW… I carry and shoot 2011s. I started with polymer handguns (no Glocks) then moved to metal and ended up to be Staccato lover.
Welcome to the Community and thank you for being a part of the USCCA family @Kathy25. We are happy to have you here. Congratulations on the purchase of your new Glocks. I’m glad to see that you have already signed up for training classes. I look forward to seeing what you have to share within the Community.
@Kathy25 Welcome to the community! There are many here willing to answer any questions you may have. Take note of the spy glass at the upper right of the screen and if you have any questions just put in the subject matter in it and all the previous posts on that subject will be on here. Do not be afraid to ask questions because there really is not a stupid question when it comes to owning a firearm and protecting yourself and yours.
You have started on the right foot with training and getting knowledge. Even after I have been carrying since 1984, I still seek out new information and training every chance I get. With gear and equipment on the ever growing and improvements with the equipment it just has been getting better and better.
It has been posted and will be posted over and over again and again is the four safety rules. These rules are very important for your safety and the safety of those around you so, let the rules be engraved deep in your mind and they will serve you well.
Again, Welcome to the community.
Its great to have new gun owners with us. Welcome to the community @Kathy25 .
Check out the videos on Protector Academy, from your USCCA Dashboard https://my.usconcealedcarry.com/. They go from the basics of the more advanced, and the best part of them is that you can go over them at your own pace. As you advance take a look at the Drill of the Month exercises. Also the series How to not look like a victim will give you great insight on “paying attention”. Proving Grounds is also very interesting.
@Kathy25 , use Search option on the top of the screen, next to your username.
You will find plenty of threads where we discussed videos and books.
Because you are still rookie ( ) I will make it easy for you right now.
Books… as mentioned already,
Jeff Cooper - “Principles of Personal Defense”
Massad Ayoob - “Deadly Force - Understanding Your Right to Self Defense”
but also these are MUST-TO-READ:
Massad Ayoob - “In the Gravest Extreme”
Massad Ayoob & Others - “Straight Talk On Armed Defense”
Andrew Branca - “The Law of Self Defense” [look always for the latest edition]
Additional books if you are interested more about gear, tactics, habits, etc:
Massad Ayoob - “The GunDigest Book of Combat Handgunnery, 7th Edition”
Mark Walthers & Kathy Jackson - “Lessons from Armed America”
Mark Walthers & Rob Pincus - “Lessons from Unarmed America”
David Klinger - “Into the Kill Zone”
And of course you have to read these books from USCCA training:
“Should I Shoot”, Volume 1 and Volume 2
“Defensive Shooting Fundamentals”
“Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals”
“Countering the Mass Shooter Threat”
I personally value also NRA books and these are great guides for new shooters:
“NRA Guide - Basics of Pistol Shooting”
“NRA Guide - Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home”
“NRA Guide - Basics of Personal Protection Inside the Home”
These 16 books we everything I needed to get enough knowledge to be safe, feel safe and create comfort zone for me and my Family.
As I have mentioned, if you combine the knowledge from these books with continual training and home
dry fire you will become “Somebody” and will never be “Nobody” again.
Glocks are good and reliable. There was a study of new female firearm owners. They were given training and shot, I believe about a half-dozen handguns. The overwhelming preferred handgun was the Glock 19. Use whatever firearm is right for you. We all have our preferences; mine is hammer-fired, and my favorite is the Beretta PX4 in .45 ACP.