The AllSafe Basic Handgun Course is truly a unique shooting class. This class is specifically designed for the beginning shooter, to allow the opportunity to experiment with handguns under the supervision of knowledgeable instructors. This class will familiarize shooters with the capabilities of and liabilities for using a handgun for defense.
There are two versions of this class: the indoor and the outdoor. They both cover the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship and safety. The live-fire in both includes reactive targets (balloons indoors and steel outdoors). The indoor one is compressed to fit in a four-hour evening session. It has a slightly reduced classroom session and course of fire. But it is not subject to weather, or bugs, and features indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Plus the transition from the classroom to the range is a short walk.
The outdoor session allows more time on the range and therefore allows a slightly expanded course of fire. The negative is the hour drive into the San Gabriel Canyon to the range. Weather is always a factor and there are chemical toilets for all to use.
Another unique aspect of both classes is that ALL HANDGUNS AND AMMUNITION ARE PROVIDED! This is ideal for those who are shopping for a handgun and wish to identify suitable calibers, barrel lengths, and action types. Participants can try both revolvers and semiautomatics, in a wide variety of calibers, from .22 to the popular .45ACP.
For those who have their own handgun, this class provides an outstanding opportunity to become more familiar with their own firearm by testing and improving their skill while shooting a challenging course of fire. We find that many intermediate and advanced level shooters come back again and again to the live-fire portion of the AllSafe Basic Handgun Course to work on their basics of quick sight acquisition and trigger control. They also enjoy sharing their experience and their love of shooting with newer shooters.
The AllSafe Basic Handgun Course is composed of two sessions (all in the same day):
- CLASSROOM ORIENTATION
The Orientation class discusses everything from suitable defensive ammunition to controlling an intruder in your home. We examine and dry-fire all the various kinds of handguns. Participants practice different techniques of stance, grip, and then they learn techniques for quick sight acquisition. The Orientation session concludes with a lengthy discussion of the laws governing firearms, and how they affect your ability to use a firearm for self-defense.
For the second session, the class travels to a shooting range where using live ammunition, participants review all of the techniques they’ve learned and then test their ability to use them practically, under an entertaining stress-fire situation.[Watch a YouTube video of the last, most-challenging stage for the basic level.]
People enjoy shooting this course because it’s action-oriented and instantly gratifying. Targets are reactive and events are timed. The balloons pop or the plates go flying with a loud clang and the shooters hurry and reload or move on to the next target. The scenarios are imaginative and require shooters to practice all they’ve learned while being timed and scored! With the fun spirit of light-hearted competition, everyone has a good time. And everyone agrees that they come away with a much greater appreciation for firearms.
Even more significantly, participants come away from the AllSafe Basic Handgun Course acknowledging their responsibility to use handguns properly for their self-defense.