Basic Handgun

This class is for anyone who is either new to handguns or who wants to start at the very beginning again. This class involves about 6 hours of in-classroom training and 4 hours of live-fire range training.  In it you will learn about the importance of and strategies to avoid having to use your gun in the first place (always the best choice).  You will learn about how a pistol works, the different kinds of pistol, and what to look for as you consider buying one.  You will be introduced to what happens in a violent encounter (we call it a critical dynamic incident)… especially what happens to your body and your brain, and what that means for how you should be shooting your pistol.  While this is a wide variety of material for a basic class, you will be learning it at a fairly basic level, suitable for a basic class.

A brief look at

What You’ll Learn

Safety & Training Goals

Functions and Operation of a Modern Pistol

Proper Shooting Fundamentals

What the class will be like…

Classroom Environment

The classroom learning for this class is sometimes a live class online, and sometimes live in a classroom setting.

Class Duration

This non-shooting portion of the class is a total of approximately 6 classroom or online-based learning hours. This may be a continuous 6 hour session, or two three hour sessions (often in the evening) depending upon the class.

Class Size

Because this is a live-fire course, safety considerations require a class size on the range of not greater than 10 students.  Classes may be rescheduled if there is insufficient registration.


There are no mandatory prerequisites. 

This class is ideal for first-time shooters.

What To Bring To The Class

When you come to the class, you will need:

  • Note-taking material
  • A curious and open mind
  • No ammunition whatsoever (all classes have a strict “no ammo” policy to avoid accidents)
  • A water bottle or other refreshments suitable for the class duration.  Refreshments may be provided for some classes – check the individual class.

Range Environment

Most commonly we will be shooting at our home range in Bulger, PA, located here.  This is an outdoor range with full amenities. The temperature will of course vary greatly depending upon the season.

Occasionally the range day will be held elsewhere.  The specific registration page for each class will indicate the location of the range as well as the classroom (if applicable).

What To Bring To The Range

When you come to the range, you will need: 

  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective earwear
  • A freshly cleaned, fully-functioning pistol
  • A holster designed for your particular pistol which fully covers the trigger and trigger guard
  • 150 rounds of quality ammunition suitable for your pistol. We strongly recommend less expensive but reputable full metal jacket (FMJ) ammo.  You may leave the range with some remaining ammunition with which to practice.
  • Footwear suitable for the terrain (no open-toed shoes)
  • Water
  • Snacks/food sufficient for the duration on the range based upon your personal needs
  • Note-taking material
  • A attitude consistent with a student who is willing to be an attentive, diligent and safe learner

What You Will Receive

As part of the Basic Handgun series of classes, all participants will receive first rate instruction, a well-researched and well-written, full-color text for this class. Successful participants will also receive a certificate from Intrepid Firearms Academy and the USCCA signed by your instructor

Typical Fee

The normal fee for this class is $200.00.  This includes the text, classroom instruction, live-fire range training and certification from Intrepid Firearms Academy.  Please check the individual class page before registering to see if there are fee adjustments for the specific class.

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