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Handgun Basics

Course Price: $105.00
Course Times: 8 hours
Course Designer: David S Jenkins

No one should be without the education that it takes to safely own a handgun. This Handgun Basics course is designed for those of you who want to start learning how to shoot and how to develop the right mindset for the responsible gun owner. There is no need for any prior experience to participate, although more experienced shooters have taken the class and ended up learning some very valuable skills.


In this LIVE FIRE course, we will answer important questions regarding your handgun and how it works, we will teach you how to shoot safely, efficiently and effectively, we will talk about the laws of having a gun and more!


This LIVE FIRE course is taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors who love their work. They all know the importance of starting out right; and they all want to help you build a solid foundation so that you will be able to fully enjoy the shooting sports for a long time.

You do not need a holster for this course. The Handgun Basics course is all about teaching you how to shoot the handgun. Then, in the Concealed Carry 1, or CCW1, you will learn how to carry, draw, and shoot.


Successful completion of this course will allow you to attend the Concealed Carry 1 course. See here for details about it:



Subjects Covered:

  • Real Life Firearms Safety Rules
  • Safe handling of a handgun, including loading, unloading, and firing
  • A proper stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger control
  • The basic fundamentals of handgun shooting
  • An overview of personal defense laws and situations
  • Safe storage
  • Various concealment methods and equipment suggestions
  •  How to get involved in shooting sports and how to further your firearms education

Required Equipment:

For this class, you will need the following items: 

  • A NY State Pistol Permit
  • A working firearm (Must be listed on your NY Permit)
  • 100 rounds of ammunition(MINIMUM)
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
  • A notebook
  • Water, snacks, and a lunch.


If you do not have any of the above items or have questions about anything, please contact us before registering




Frequently Asked Questions



Dave, On behalf of myself, Anthony Pata and Matt Moore, I'd like to take a minute to commend your program and especially your staff! We took the CCW Basics (2/12/16) with Lew DiPetro and Butch McDonald; and the CCW1 (2/20/16) with Butch McDonald, Bob Rathke and Chris Schlierf; both in Canadaigua. I can't thank you enough for your guys. On a personal note, I'm extremely new to handguns. I have no family members that have ever hunted or been into pistols so I was very self-conscious and nervous about the classes. Every one of these guys have the skills to not only take the topic very serious but do so in a way that brings humor and kindness as well. They took the time to get to know each of us in the class by name, learn our personalities, and gave quiet corrections. The instructors have a fantastic relationship with each other too which creates an amazing environment. Their professionalism, camaraderie and respect are contagious and because of that the atmosphere of the class is one of encouragement, safety and enjoyment. Your curriculum is well thought out too. It is clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into developing a progression of skills with real life scenarios mixed in. Not only are we getting better at the basics of shooting a pistol, we are being introduced to the overwhelming emotions that we could face in the real world. We are pushed to think about "our plans" and asked to get out of our comfort zones a little and begin to prepare for a real life encounter to protect our families, God forbid. Carrying a handgun is a huge responsibility and unfortunately, a growing necessity. I wish more of the "good guys" would take these classes! Again, I can't thank you enough for the HIGH quality training you are providing for the average person. It is truly appreciated!

- - Rochester, NY

"If anybody is interested in learning to shoot the safe and correct way, this team of instructors are the absolute best! I have had ALOT of different ones, even police trainers and Dave and his team nailed it! I learned more in one day than the 40+ years i have been shooting. They totally know how to teach do every level of shooter can learn. Can't wait to chose my next class!"

- - Rochester, NY

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Upcoming Class Dates:

Bridgeport, NY
March 31st 2019
8am to 5pm
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May 19th 2019
8am to 5pm
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July 20th 2019
8am to 5pm
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November 2nd 2019
8am to 5pm
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Canandaigua, NY
April 6th 2019
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June 1st 2019
8am to 5pm
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July 6th 2019
8am to 5pm
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August 23rd 2019
8am to 5pm
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September 7th 2019
8am to 5pm
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Ontario, NY
March 3rd 2019
8am to 5pm
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April 19th 2019
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