Practical Handgun Skills

This course is specifically designed to give students the necessary range time to focus on, refine, and improve the skills and knowledge gained in our Handgun Familiarization Classes. Training and individual evaluation areas include: Fundamentals…


Our Handgun Fundamentals Class (HFC) provides hands-on training and the basic knowledge necessary to safely handle, load, fire, and maintain most types of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. A combination of classroom and range time offer you the opportunity to become comfortable with handguns in a casual, stress-free environment. ​

Participants learn the rules for safe firearms handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting

fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students may also be introduced to training and using laser sights for personal and home defense.

Training and individual evaluation areas include:
  • Fundamentals Review
  • Performing faster effective reloads
  • Weapon status checks
  • Presentation of the handgun from and returning to the holster
  • Conducting Trigger Reset Drills for greater accuracy
  • Firing from different Ready positions
  • Alternate Shooting Positions
  • Multiple shot engagement
  • Multiple target engagement
  • Situational awareness and target scan
  • Searching and Assessing
  • Clearing Stoppages
  • Prerequisite: Students who wish to attend this class must demonstrate safe handgun handling skills. We recommend completing our Handgun Familiarization Class (HFC) or equivalent before you attend this class. The student MUST know and be able to demonstrate how to safely load, fire, and unload a handgun prior to class.
Required Equipment
  • Please wear long pants with pockets and belt loops, a sturdy 1.5″ belt, closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), and a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut neckline)
  • A clean, serviceable, and lubricated handgun
  • Dominant side, hip-mounted holster or dominant side, belt-mounted holster (No cross draw or shoulder holsters)
  • Magazine pouch to hold two magazines (Highly recommended, not required)
  • 3 magazines (this is a minimum. If you have low capacity magazines, or if you have extra magazines, please bring them)
  • 200 rounds of ammunition for the pistol you intend to shoot
  • Ten ‘dummy rounds’ (aka ‘snap caps’ or inert training rounds) (highly recommended, not required)
  • Hearing Protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Drinking water and snacks