Our Pistol Basics course is meticulously designed to provide new pistol shooters with a hands-on introduction to the fundamental aspects of handgun use. Whether you’re new to firearms or looking to refresh your skills, this course offers a thorough grounding in handgun safety, handling, and shooting techniques.

Course Highlights:

  • Handgun Safety: Safety is paramount when handling firearms. This course begins with an in-depth overview of essential safety protocols, ensuring that students understand how to prevent accidents and handle guns responsibly. Key topics include:
  • Basic Safety Rules: Fundamental principles to follow at all times when handling a firearm.
  • Safe Storage Practices: How to securely store handguns to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Range Safety: Specific safety guidelines to follow while on the shooting range.

Proper Handling:

Effective handgun handling techniques are crucial for both safety and accuracy. Participants will receive detailed instruction on:

  • Grip and Stance: Learning the correct grip and shooting stance to maintain stability and control.
  • Aiming and Sight Alignment: How to properly align the sights for accurate shooting.
  • Trigger Control: Techniques for smooth and consistent trigger pulls.

Loading and Unloading:

Understanding how to safely load and unload a handgun is a fundamental skill for any shooter. This course covers:

  • Loading Techniques: Step-by-step instruction on how to correctly load various types of pistols.
  • Unloading Procedures: Ensuring the firearm is unloaded and safe to handle.

Ammunition Malfunctions:

Firearms can experience malfunctions, and knowing how to address them is essential. This segment includes:

  • Identifying Malfunctions: Common types of malfunctions and how to recognize them.
  • Clearing Procedures: Safe methods to clear malfunctions and resume shooting.

Basic Shooting Skills:

The course also focuses on developing the basic shooting skills necessary to place rounds on target. Students will practice:

  • Target Acquisition: Techniques for quickly and accurately acquiring targets.
  • Controlled Shooting: Methods for maintaining control and accuracy with each shot.
  • Live Fire Practice: Hands-on range time to apply the skills learned in a controlled environment.

Course Benefits:

  • Hands-On Experience: Gain practical, hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced instructors.
  • Confidence Building: Build confidence in your ability to safely and effectively handle a handgun.
  • Solid Foundation: Establish a strong foundation in handgun safety and shooting techniques, preparing you for more advanced training.

Enrollment Details:

  • Course Duration: Typically a few hours, combining classroom instruction with range time.
  • Equipment Provided: Firearms and safety gear are usually provided, but students are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer.
  • Certification: Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Join Us:

Enroll in our Pistol Basics course today and take the first step toward becoming a confident and responsible handgun owner. Whether for personal defense, sport, or recreation, this course will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge to use your firearm safely and effectively. For more information and to enroll, visit our Facebook page or check out our events section.

We look forward to helping you embark on your journey into the world of shooting.


580 Mayer St.
Bridgeville, PA 15017


(412) 221-4900




  • Tues-Fri: 11am to 7pm
  • Sat: 10am to 7pm
  • Closed: Sun / Mon