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:  Pending

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:

(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, and you can sign up for whichever version fits your individual learning style.

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 Blended Learning: Phase II

(4 hours / $120 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 and range session with an 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.

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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 (Instructor Led Only)

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 (Instructor Led & Blended)

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.