NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

safe start: handgun



safe start

NRA Basics Of Pistol Shooting

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.

Fee: $150

When: January 6th Sunday (#190106SS)

Ammunition: Approx. 150 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 (6 hrs) one day training will be held entirely on the live-fire range.

Lou Salseda Explains

The Director of Training, Lou Salseda explains TAC-1 approach to firearms training and how Safe Start can help you start with the right foot forward. TAC-1's approach is simple: Safe, Effective & Efficient (S.E.E.)

Instructor Led Only Training:

Phase I & II: Classroom & Live Fire  RECOMMENDED

(8 hours / $150 per individual / 200 rounds per handgun)

SAFE START'S Instructor Led Only (NRA Basics Of Pistol Shooting) takes place in a traditional classroom and range environment. This course is completed in a single day 8 hour format. 

This option is for those who prefer to conduct the training in-person with our TAC-1 instructor.

Both Instructor Led and Blended cover the same material for the Live Fire portion and you can sign up for whichever version fits your individual learning style.

*If you have not completed the NRA Online Course then sign up for the Instructor Led Training here. 

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 Blended Learning: Phase II

Phase II: Live Fire

(4 hours / $85 per individual / 200 rounds per handgun)

SAFE START'S Blended Learning: Phase II (NRA Basics Of Pistol Shooting) The Blended training format provides students the flexibility to complete a significant portion of the course in an eLearning environment, prior to arriving for the classroom portion.  The range session with an TAC-1 NRA Certified Instructor. 

The Blended training format provides students the flexibility to complete a classroom portion of the course in an eLearning environment, prior to arriving for the range session to complete Phase-II. Phase I is self-paced, on-line iinstruction through the NRA website.

*If you have completed the NRA Online Course then Sign up for the Blended Learning Course here. 

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Course Subject

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

Safety and the Law 4hrs 0800 to 1200

Instructor Led

These concepts are instructed in classroom format

4 Basic Firearms Safety Rules

Type of guns and Nomenclature

Home Safety & Transporting Firearms

Brief CA Law regarding possession, storage and transporting firearms

Brief overview of Use of Deadly Force in CA

Care & Cleaning

Ammunition (function, available calibers, storage, etc)

Handgun Practical Application 4hrs 1230 to 1430

Instructor Led & Blended Learining

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

Loading & Unloading

Shooting & Accuracy

Pistol Shooting Errors Pistol Shooting Errors

Live fire qualification

Needed Gear

    • Semi Auto Pistol (9mm, 40 cal., 45 cal.) - Rental Available
    • Ammunition (Students must bring 200 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.