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



Tuition includes the following:

  • 10% discount on Texas LTC Course

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  • From the Range

    “My husband, son and I took the CHL class together and it was wonderful. We learned so much information and it was presented in a way that we could remember it.
    Jorge not only taught the class, but walked us through on how to complete getting our CHL license. We are even talking about taking one of his other classes that is offered. Hands down this is one of the best classes in Central Texas.”
    ~by R.B., S.B. and E.R.
     ROund Rock, Tx