About the Course

This course is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling of a semi-auto pistol or revolver. The course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot your specific handgun and to provide a proper foundation in the fundamentals. This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and ability to safely handle your handgun. There is no prerequisite requirement for this course. This course is ideal for new and longtime gun owners who haven’t had proper instruction. Those who don’t own a handgun yet are also welcome. We have a limited number of rental firearms available. Please contact the store to make arrangements for rentals in advance.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic Firearms Safety Rules

  • Handgun Nomenclature

  • Types of Ammunition

  • Shooting Fundamentals

  • Loading/Unloading

  • Malfunction Clearing

  • Legal Concerns

Required Equipment:

  • Eye and Hearing Protection (Clear Lenses & Electronic Hearing Preferred)

  • Quality Semi-Auto pistol with minimum of two magazines

  • Baseball Cap

  • Water and a snack

  • Notetaking supplies

  • Minimum of 150 rounds of ammunition

  • Factory loaded ammunition ONLY. No Reloads.

  • Appropriate attire – No open toed shoes or flip flops, no tank tops or low-cut tops, no shorts or skirts

Optional Equipment:

  • Extra magazines

  • Speed loader

  • Extra Ammunition

Most products are available for purchase in the store, and we can special order items not in-stock.

To ensure you have the necessary equipment for your training class, please purchase well in advance!


Your Instructor

Scott Criswell

Scott is currently an active-duty police sergeant and oversees firearms training for his department. Scott began his law enforcement career in 2000 and has held assignments in Patrol, Street Gang Suppression, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Community Oriented Policing, Street Level Drug & Gang Detective (including plain clothes operations), 11-year SWAT Team member (Entry and Sniper/Observer with two agencies), Firearms instructor (Both Academy and Department), and Field Training Officer.

Scott holds instructor certifications in both private sector and CA POST courses in handgun, carbine, shotgun, long rifle, red dot handgun (RDS), and low light firearms employment. He has also certified in many other operator level firearm and tactical courses presented by private sector companies as well as law enforcement presenters including but not limited to: Vehicle Close Quarters Battle (VCQB), Low Light Operator, Tactical Carbine, and Tactical Handgun.

Scott Criswell