Basic Handgun

Basic Pistol is a beginner’s course intended to familiarize students with various types of pistols and their nomenclature, characteristics and cycle of operation. The Basic Pistol course is comprised of a range of topics and live fire drills which will enable the new pistol shooter to become familiar with his or her chosen type of handgun, how to safely manipulate the firearm, and effectively employ it at a basic skill level.

What You Will Learn

  • Handgun Selection Considerations

  • Support Equipment

  • Pistol nomenclature

  • Firearm safety

  • Pistol characteristics

  • Cycle of operation

  • Weapon cleaning & maintenance

  • Shooting fundamentals

  • Pistol manipulation

  • Presentation of the Handgun fro m the Holster to the threat

  • Loading, unloading and reloading

  • Weapon malfunctions

  • Dry fire drills

  • Live fire drills

What You Need To Bring

  • Pistol of reputable brand name

  • Minimum of three magazines for semi-automatic pistols or speed loaders for revolvers

  • Magazine holders

  • Wraparound ballistic eye protection

  • Ear protection (electronic is preferred)

  • Belt

  • Weapon-specific pistol holster

  • 200 rounds of weapon-specific ammunition

  • Positive attitude

  • Willingness to learn

  • Ability to follow simple instructions


  • Ball cap

  • Knee and elbow pads

  • Durable clothing (511s, boots, heavy-material, long-sleeve shirt)

  • Wet and/or cold weather gear

  • Sack lunch, snacks and water

  • Sun screen


This course lasts one 8 hour day.


The cost per student is $150.00.