Practical Handgun I


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A 4-hour handgun class for the shooter who has basic experience with the handgun, focusing on marksmanship fundamentals and speed to first shots.  This class is a prerequisite for Practical Handgun II.

Course will focus on:

  • Stance

  • Grip

  • Sight alignment/sight picture

  • Trigger control

  • Presentation from the holster

  • Rapid first shots

  • Reloading

  • Balance of speed & precision

  • Movement on the draw

  • Malfunction clearing & prevention

  • Skills drills and self-diagnosis.

A basic qualification will be shot at the end of class, and must be passed at 70% to receive a certificate for this course.  Students who pass will receive a certificate with their score for their training documentation.


  • Basic understanding of firearms safety.

  • Familiarity with your handgun

Cost: $65

Equipment List

  • A good quality handgun, suitable for self-protection and/or concealed carry. Remember that you will be firing approximately 300 rounds during this class, so ultra-lightweight firearms, though suitable for concealed carry, are not a good choice for class use. If you have any questions about the suitability of your gun, please contact us. It is a good idea to bring a spare gun, if you have one, just in case your primary gun breaks. ( it happens more than you think)

  • A good quality holster - a quality holster is made of molded plastic or kydex and does not collapse when you draw your handgun. You need a safe, quality holster and belt. Again, if you have any questions, please contact us.

  • A minimum of 3 magazines or speed loaders for your handgun

  • A magazine pouch/holder for at least 2 of your spare magazines or speed loaders

  • A sturdy belt, to support the above

  • Hearing protection

  • Eye protection

  • Billed cap or other brimmed headwear

  • At least 300 rounds of decent quality, reliable ammunition. Range ammunition (FMJ, etc.) is fine. You do not need to use premium self defense ammo for this course.

  • Rain-gear, sunscreen, bugspray, or other elemental protection.

  • Good attitude

  • Willingness to learn

Please note that the above list is just the essentials. You may bring additional items (such as a range bag, extra magazines, folding chairs and tables, tarps, canopy, etc.), if you choose.

Our range location has a portable toilet, but not running water. For your comfort, you might want to bring wipes, disposable washcloths and/or hand sanitizer.

Please bring your own lunches, snacks, beverages etc. Bring water, while we do provide water, it never hurts to bring some more. There are picnic tables on the range as well, but you may want to bring your own folding chair for breaks.

Class Procedures

We will send a welcome packet to you prior to the class beginning via email. This will include directions to the bay on the range, gate access code, and instructions for arriving at the class prepared. Please bring all requested materials with you and be on time.  If you miss the safety briefing at the beginning of class, you will not be allowed to participate.

​This range is a cold range. No handling of firearms in the parking lot or classroom is permitted. If you arrive with your handgun holstered and loaded for street carry, please keep it holstered. Once we start class on the range, we will assemble everyone on the firing line to handle firearms under instructor's commands. At the end of class, we will do the same, allowing everyone to get loaded up with their desired carry before leaving the range.  Do not handle any firearms without explicit instructor directions to do so.  Failure to obey firearms safety rules will result in immediate dismissal from the class and range.

The allowed shooting hours for this range are 8 am - 5 pm. We will move at a very swift pace to make sure all shooting is completed by 5 pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact us prior to the class if you have questions.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand that things come up and plans change, therefore we will be happy to refund your tuition up to 30 days prior to the event should you decide to cancel. If you cancel with less than 30 days notice, we will happily transfer your tuition to another class of your choosing. No refund will be given with less than 7 days until the event. In the unlikely event of organizer cancellation, all tuition & deposits will be refunded.

We reserve the right to cancel the event if less than half of the allotted seats are filled two weeks prior to the event. In the event that an event is canceled, students can have their choice of a full refund or have their deposit/tuition applied to another class.