Handgun Basic Orientation

Handgun Basic Orientation

We recommend this as a first step for the new gun owner, those who have never had formal training, or for those who have not trained with a handgun in a long time.

This course provides the very foundation of knowledge and skill necessary to safely handle handguns in a comfortable learning environment.

This informational course covers many topics including the purchase, storage, transportation, carry and cleaning of a firearm.

Duration: 1 day / 4 hours (3 hrs in classroom / 1 hrs at the range).


  • Responsible Firearms Ownership
  • Applications of the Handgun (Self defense, sports, hunting, etc).
  • Components and Operation of Modern Pistols and Revolvers
  • Types, Components, and Purposes of Modern Ammunition
  • Safe Use and Handling of Firearms
  • Administrative Loading and Unloading of pistols and revolvers
  • Firearms Safety for the home, workplace, and vehicle
  • Locking Devices and Techniques for Firearms to Prevent Unauthorized Access
  • Preventative Maintenance (cleaning, maintenance, inspection, and safe storage)
  • Fundamentals of Basic Shooting Techniques
  • Ready Positions
  • Safety Concerns and Practices While Training and While Carrying a Firearm
  • Potential Dangers (penetration, ricochet, accidental discharges, etc.)
  • General Guidelines on interstate travel with firearms
  • Applicable Laws relating to the possession, transportation, and storage of firearms

Estimated round count: 100-200 rounds


Please wear long pants with pockets, closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), and a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut v-neck), also a cap or hat with a brim. Bring water to stay hydrated during the range time.

You may bring your own handgun, holster, and mag pouch. Calibers allowed include .380, .38SPL, 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, and .45ACP. Revolver shooters should bring a minimum of four speed loaders, moon clips or speed strips



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