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“I wanted to thank you for an education and fun Handgun I class, dare I say it was life changing. I do think that all gun owners should take your course. Unfortunately I did not grow up in a household that owned guns (no knowledge was imparted on me) so when I became an adult and purchased my first gun (shotgun) the gun safety knowledge was learned through Hunter/Safety classes, which as you can imagine are kind of a joke. When my three children come of age I will absolutely accompany them to your class.”
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Courses : Handgun

Defensive Handgun I


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Student Application Once class tution has been paid,all new students must complete an online student application prior to training.Returning students that have completed an application within the last year are exempt.

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Our Defensive Handgun 1 class is made up of two portions:

1) ONLINE LECTURE (Saturday): A 4-hour lecture conducted online using Zoom that covers Use of Force, situational awareness, setting up a saferoom, safe storage and transporting of firearms and much more. We ask that students attend this online lecture BEFORE attending the shooting portion of class.

2) SHOOTING DAY (Sunday): A 7-hour in-person training day held at our private outdoor range. This is the "hands on" portion of class and will get you up to speed with firearms safety and proficiency with a handgun.


When you sign up for our Defensive Handgun 1 class you will be signing up to attend one of the following groupings of class dates:

January 13-14, 2024

February 17-18, 2024

March 2-3, 2024

April 6-7, 2024

May 4-5, 2024

June 8-9, 2024
July 13-14, 2024

August 10-11, 2024

September 14-15, 2024

October 12-13, 2024

November 9-10, 2024

December 14-15, 2024

Our Online Lectures are held using Zoom and details for logging in will be emailed to you a week prior to class


SHOOTING DAY: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Defensive Handgun I is a basic pistol class designed for those who have never handled a firearm before or those who have had experience, but not taken a formal handgun class. If you do not own a pistol, this is the class you would take.   We can supply all equipment including a gun rental.  All you need do is to sign up, bring along a belt and sunglasses and we will take care of the rest.

This class is also intended for those of you who have not had any formal firearms training even if you have been shooting for a number of years or for those who want a review of the “basics” no matter how much training you’ve had. 

The principles of Defensive Handgun I are the basis upon which all our other courses are built.   This course gives you a solid fundamental grounding and understanding of modern gunfighting and the use of the defensive pistol.   If in doubt about which course to start with, take this one before signing up for the next level.    You will learn a great deal and improve your basic skill sets.

NO prerequisites or experience required.

Subjects Covered:

  • Setting up a “safe” room in your home for yourself and your family
  • Discussion on the Use of Deadly Force with attendant videos
  • Handgun Selection and set up
  • Situational Awareness and what to avoid
  • Combat Mindset
  • Firearms Safety at home and at the range
  • Basic tenets of shooting
  • Presenting the pistol from the holster
  • Proper loading and unloading
  • Singles and pairs on paper
  • Failure drills on paper
  • Shooting from 50 yards on steel
  • Reactive steel target engagement
  • Man on man on steel reactive targets
  • Shoot off on steel

Equipment needed:

  • Cleaned and oiled pistol at least 9mm in caliber. *
  • Two magazines *
  • Sturdy nylon or leather belt that fits through your pant’s belt loop
  • Holster
  • Eye and ear protection
  • 150-250 rounds of factory ammunition
    (those with prior shooting experience may go through more rounds)

*A limited number of rentals are available for each class, so please indicate your need to rent when you sign up for a class either by putting it in the notes section or by calling us at 310-446-1390. For carbine rifle, sniper rifle, or shotgun rentals please call us to confirm they are available.

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Tuition: $425.00

Please make sure to view our policies before signing up for this class »

1. New Student Application If you have filled out an application in the last year, you do not need to do it again. All first time students MUST complete the application in order to be confirmed in the course. Thank you for your cooperation!

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