Basic Handgun

Learn the basics of operating your pistol including...

  • Firearm safety rules
  • Pistol Familiarization and safe handling
  • Safely loading and unloading
  • Reloading the pistol
  • Sight picture and sight alignment
  • Operating the pistol dry and live fire
  • Presentation (drawing) and holstering your pistol and much more…  

Required Equipment:

Semi-automatic pistol in .38 special, 9mm, 357 Sig, .40 S&W, .45 ACP or .45 GAP
Minimum trigger pull to be no less than four pounds (more is acceptable, less is not)
Sturdy strong side holster
Sturdy belt (double thick 1.75” is recommended)
Three magazines minimum (more are better)
Magazine pouch with a minimum capacity to hold two or more magazines securely
Minimum of 200-rounds of practice ammunition that match your pistols caliber
Eye protection (safety rated sunglasses if it is sunny and clear safety rated glasses if it is not sunny)
Hearing protection (plugs and electronic muffs combined is recommended)
Brimmed hat
Long sleeve shirt that closes at the top to keep hot ejected shell casings out
Long pants (cargo style is best to keep loose ammunition in to top off magazines between stages)
Closed toe shoes
Lots of water


Handguns in calibers not listed above
Cross draw, shoulder, purse, backpack or bag holsters
Holsters that require the index finger of the shooting hand to release any retention devices (Serpa style holsters)
Holsters that require two hands to safely re-holster
Holsters worn in any manner in which they were not originally intended
Any equipment considered by the Range Instructors and/or Range Safety Officers to be dangerous
Students instructing other students unless requested to do by the Range Instructor as part of the course
An unteachable spirit

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