Basic Handgun

This course is for individuals who simply want to learn more about handguns. Prerequisites are that you currently own a firearm and consider yourself reasonably proficient in its use. You may or may not be in possession of a State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

The course includes 2.5 to 3.0 hours of classroom instruction. No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom and there is no Firing Range practice at the end of the course. A USCCA Graduation Certificate will be awarded to those who finish the course.

This class is offered only by special arrangement to groups of at least 4 persons: $75 per person, plus $25 for textbook. Contact the Chief Instructor for more information.

Content outline:


  • Agenda

Self-Defense Firearm Basics

  • Universal safety rules
  • Clearing a semi-automatic
  • Clearing a revolver
  • Additional safety considerations
  • Defining a gun’s action
  • Understanding revolvers
  • Understanding semi-automatics
  • Modern, striker-fired handguns
  • What happens when the trigger is pressed
  • Understanding magazines
  • Selecting a handgun
  • Pros and cons of handgun choices
  • Ammunition components
  • Ammunition care and storage
  • Common ammunition malfunctions
  • Clearing semi-automatic malfunctions
  • Other use of force options

Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

  • Defensive shooting versus marksmanship
  • Proper grip
  • Shooting platform
  • Aligning the muzzle to the target
  • Unsighted fire, point shooting
  • Flash sight picture
  • Sighted fire
  • Trigger control

Gear and Gadgets

  • Gear and gadgets introduction
  • Holster retention
  • Hip Holsters
  • Paddle holsters
  • Pocket holsters
  • Inside the waistband holsters
  • Non-traditional holsters
  • Belts
  • Tactical flashlights
  • Considering a laser sight
  • Mounted lights
  • Gun safes and storage

Basic and Advanced Skills

  • Creating a training program
  • Dry firing
  • Fundamental drill discussion
  • Discussion of what’s next
  • Closing thoughts

How Florida Law Applies