Women’s Advanced Handgun

This class is for women who have a solid grasp of shooting their handgun, and want to transition to “defensive shooting”, which is the use of their handgun in a defensive violent encounter where their life, or the lives of others are at stake.

This class involves about 6 hours of in-classroom training and 4 hours of live-fire range training.

“R. Ian Davis is a great instructor and a super human being. I am not your typical gun owner (age 79) and he was sensitive to my particular needs in relation to the course. I would highly recommend him to anyone desiring to own a gun or just to learn howvto shoot safely and properly.”

Elna M.



A super instructor. Patient and kind to all of us. Excellent at building our self confidence.”

Kathy M.

“Ian is an amazing instructor! Makes you feel confident, comfortable and safe!”

Sarah K.

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 in a classroom (as opposed to online eLearning). he location .

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

We have outdoor range access on the both east and west sides of Pittsburgh (Logan’s Ferry Sportsmans Club in New Kensington, and Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club in Bulger).  Both locations have gravel surfaces.  Check the weather conditions prior to range day.

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 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.

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