Basic Pistol Course - 1 day

Our Basic Pistol course is the perfect place to get an introduction to the fundamentals of operating and manipulating a pistol. In this course, students are led through a series of instructor-directed, hands-on exercises that will give them the tools they need to confidently operate a handgun safely and effectively. This class teaches the fundamentals of gun safety as well as proper aiming and firing techniques, with an emphasis on overall marksmanship and weapons manipulation. 

Course Description:

The Basic Pistol course gives students an extensive introduction to gun safety and teaches the skills necessary to effectively operate a handgun. Our skilled and highly trained instructors will help guide students through a series of hands-on, easy to understand exercises that will help instill confidence and effective shooting techniques in even the most novice of students. Our instructors understand that, for some people, simply handling a firearm can be intimidating. It is our goal to build confidence in our students by ensuring that they are rigorously taught the fundamentals of operating a handgun with accuracy, while still adhering to all gun safety rules.

By applying the basic principles of weapons manipulation, we will help each student reach their highest level of success by utilizing areas of strength and improving areas of weakness for each student. If you are afraid of firing a weapon, let us help you overcome that fear by giving you the tools to handle your weapon with confidence and ease. If you are struggling with marksmanship and accuracy when firing your weapon, let our highly skilled instructors share tips and tricks they’ve learned from their years of experience to help you hone your skills. If you have never fired a weapon before and this is your first time operating a weapon, our experienced instructors will help you build a solid foundation by giving you all of the tools you need to be an effective marksman.

We have decades of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and unparalleled training in firearms operation and manipulation. Let us share some of that with you.

This is an 8-hour course that is completed in one day. Students can expect the following:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Hands-on training
  • Live-fire exercises on the range
  • 1-hour break for lunch (lunch provided)

Throughout the day, students can expect to spend time both in the classroom and on the range. Our skilled instructors will take students through the fundamentals of pistol manipulation starting with the different parts of the gun, including ammunition and the correct way load to your weapon. Gun safety is of the upmost importance, so there will be a strong emphasis on safety rules, and extensive instruction on how to properly and safely handle a firearm.

While in the classroom, students can expect to learn the fundamentals of pistol manipulation by focusing on:

  • Safety Instruction
  • Pistol Parts and Operation (“How it Works”)
  • Ammunition
  • Field Stripping
  • Weapon Manipulation Instruction
  • Weapon Malfunction Instruction

While on the range, students will begin their hands-on instruction and skill development through live-fire drills focusing on the following principles and exercises:

  • Gun Safety
  • Basic Weapon Manipulation
  • Proper Hand Placement
  • Breath and Trigger Control
  • Instructor-led Shooting Drills
  • Marksmanship Training
  • Emphasis on Enhancing Proficiency
  • Misfires, Malfunctions, and Other Problems

To finish out the course, there will be a final skill demonstration where students are given the opportunity to put into practice everything they have learned throughout the day.

If you are interested in learning more about the Basic Pistol Course, contact us today for more information.

In order to qualify for this course, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (parent waiver must be signed for minors)
  • This course is $295 per student. (Firearms and Ammunition provided at additional cost)
  • Lunch will be provided at no additional cost.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The instructor prefers a smaller class size, to ensure that each student gets adequate instruction during the live-fire exercises on the range. For this reason, we prefer to keep our classes at a maximum of 8 students per instructor.

No. This course does NOT certify you for a concealed carry permit. However, if you are interested in a class that does count toward your CCW, please feel free to contact us for more information.

No. For the purposes of this class, we will only be using outdoor ranges for our live-fire marksmanship exercises.

Yes. We do offer a Basic Carbine Course for carbine style weapons. If you are interested in our carbine course, check out our “Basic Carbine Course” page for more information.

No. There are no prerequisites for this course and no experience is necessary. However, we do ask that students be at least 16 years of age. A minor waiver is required for all students under the age of 18.

Yes. You should plan to bring your own weapon and ammunition with you to the class. This allows you to get more comfortable using your own weapon. However, a weapon and ammunition can be provided, if necessary, at additional cost. Feel free to contact us for additional pricing information.

You are more than welcome to take this course, no matter what your skill level is. However, this course is designed specifically with inexperienced shooters in mind. Depending on your skill and comfort level, you may be more suited to our “Intermediate Pistol Course.” Check out our “Intermediate Pistol Course” page for more information.