NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

safe start: handgun



safe start

Safe Start is a response to the public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. This 8 hour introductory course is for the individual who is unfamiliar with firearms procedures or who needs to develop safe firearm-handling skills and a solid foundation of basic shooting skills. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of shooting and how to achieve accuracy.

When: April 14th 2018 (Sat)  08:00 to 12:30  #180414SS

Ammunition: Approx. 50 rounds

Where: A Place to Shoot Range - Santa Clarita, CA *

33951 San Francisquito Canyon Rd,  Santa Clarita, CA 91390

*There is a mandatory $15 range fee payable to the range on the day of the training. 


The program is designed to provide a quick hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to various pistol action types (semi-auto, revolver). 


Open to ALL

Class Format

This (4.5 hrs) one day training will be held entirely on the live-fire range.

Course Subject

The following technique and concepts will be introduced at a reasonable pace for the maximum retention.

Safety and the Law

These concepts are instructed in classroom format

4 Basic Firearms Safety Rules

Safety and Etiquette on the range

Brief CA Law regarding possession, storage and transporting firearms

Brief overview of Use of Deadly Force in CA

Care & Cleaning

Ammo (function, available calibers, storage, etc)

Handgun Practical Application

Students are introduced to safe handling of their weapon and familiarization of marksmanship is given in a hands on application

Firearms Nomenclature and Function (DA/SA Semi-auto & Revolver)

Elements of Marksmanship

Chamber Checks

Locking the Slide to the Rear

Loading & Unloading

Shooting & Accuracy

Needed Gear

    • Semi Auto Pistol (9mm, 40 cal., 45 cal.) - Rental Available
    • Ammunition (Students must bring 50 rounds)
    • Dummy Rounds (5 minimum) - Also Available onsite
    • Eye protection (Prefer clear with no color or slight tint)
    • Ear protection (both outer and inner protections are recommended)
    • Cap or Hat (highly recommended)
    • Appropriate attire for weather & flying hot brass
    • Marking Pen (Sharpies)
    • Water and snacks (also available on-site for purchase)
    • Gun bag/case to store and transport firearms
    • Folding Chair for your comfort*

**Upon registration, students are provided with a Discount Code courtesy of LA Police Gear for all of their shopping need.