Completed my Non-Restricted Firearms License after two five-hour sessions last week. Our instructor and my practical examiner was an ex-Calgary policeman who is an avid hunter. He told me not to take the Restricted course and to just challenge it anytime I wish. I'd like to share some of my experiences when I took the course. This was very different compared to the "gun safety seminar" we took back home. The course was very ridgid, and if you didn't pass, you had to re-take the course. This is what we have to go through just to get a Possession and Acquisition License in Canada (PAL). It was the first time I handled O/U and Semi-Auto Shotguns as well as Winchester Lever Actions. We are used to handling military-style long arms and pistols back home, but I really developed an interest in bolt and lever actions rifles during the course of the class. Hornady has developed a relatively new polymer-pointed ammo (LeverRevolution) for the .30-.30 that doesn't drastically drop at 200 meters. Before Hornady introduced this ammo, .30-.30 ammo were either round or flat nosed to prevent possible ammo discharge with pointed bullets in a tubular magazine. This affected velocity and some ammo could drop by as much as 9 inches at 200 yards. Bullet drop for the LeveRevolution is only 0.2 inches. I'm now looking at the Marlin 336A with scope to hunt Whitetail deer. Second choice is a Mossberg ATR 100 in either .308 or 30-06. One thing that he emphasized during the lectures is the .22lr. He told us never to underestimate the power of this ammo. He said that we can go shooting gophers at a farm of his friend during the spring and summer next year. Taking the course was worth its time. I got to learn other types of firearms and ammunition that we never get a chance to own back in the Philippines.