Women’s Basic Handgun

This class is for women who (a) have never shot before, (b) have limited experience and want to improve, or (c) just want to ‘get back to basics’ with like-minded women.

This class involves about 3 hours of in-classroom training and approximately 3 hours of live-fire range training.

“Ian’s patience and guidance was exceptional. As a first-time shooter, he provided the knowledge and leadership needed to make me feel confident. I’m so glad I signed up for this course. I’ll continue my training with Davis and Company and will recommend Ian to my colleagues, friends and family. “

Theresa Z.

“This class is something I’d recommend for anyone. Ian is an excellent instructor and he teaches the safety through different situations so well. Whether or not you plan to use a firearm, it’s good to understand them for safety. As an active, single lady with kids, and as someone who works alone a lot, safety is incredibly important to me. I want to know that I am educated so that I can properly defend myself. This class gave me the confidence and training I needed to do that and continue my education and training with firearms to become even more proficient and skilled. Ian addressed everyone’s concerns in class so very well, and holds the highest safety standards. I felt at ease in his class and would highly recommend this class or any class he offers, he’s a great instructor!”

Kimberly D.

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 3 classroom-based learning hours. Check the individual class to confirm the schedule.

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
  • An attitude consistent with a student who is willing to be an attentive, diligent and safe learner

What You Will Receive

As part of the Women’s Basic/Intermediate/Advanced 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 $150.00.  This includes the text, classroom instruction, live-fire range training and certification from Intrepid Firearms Academy as well as the USCCA.  Please check the individual class page before registering to see if there are modifications for the specific class.  For example, some ranges impose a ‘range use fee’ on students who are not members of their facility.