Beginner Handgun course LVL 1


The Basic Handgun course is a beginners’ handgun shooting program where you will learn pistol shooting basics or perfect the groundwork for handgun mastery. The course is suitable for all levels of experience including the novice and those comfortable with their handgun. If you have never shot or held a handgun before, or want to strengthen your handgun shooting skill set, you will find this course useful. In this one-day beginners’ shooting class we will cover basic handgun safety, nomenclature, loading, and unloading, the foundational marksmanship skills (grip, stance, sight picture/alignment, trigger manipulation and more), as well as reloading under stress and presentation from the holster. We will also practice manipulations for malfunctions.
If you are looking for a handgun safety class, this is your best starter class for handling a gun safely and effectively.

DATES: June 23, August 24, 2019
Cost: $189



Beginner Handgun course LVL 1

December 1, 2018

California Tactical Academy now offers basic firearm training courses which is the best way for new shooters to receive professional training from our seasoned veteran instructors. In the course, you’ll learn important gun safety tips and learn how to rightfully use a firearm in a self-defense situation according to local gun rules and regulations. This new shooter training is an excellent starting point for advanced gun training and defensive pistol training as well as shooting competitions.

Prerequisites: None. Normally, each student supplies their own handgun. Otherwise, gun rental is available at the Pro Shop on site, provided you are a legal firearm owner.

Please clean your gun in advance of the course or bring your gun cleaning kit with you.

Please bring the following to the course:

  1. Handgun. Centerfire only, no rimfire handguns.
  2. Three magazines or three-speed loaders if using a revolver.
  3. Minimum 300 rounds ammunition.
  4. Proper clothing for the weather.
  5. Snacks, lunch and plenty of water.
  6. Notebook and pen.
  7. Eye and ear protection (available to rent on site).
  8. Sunscreen, hat, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, training shoes.
  9. Belt, holster, magazine pouch or other means of carrying additional ammunition.
  10. Gloves and elbow pad (optional).

Check out some shooting range gear tips by the instructor before you take a class.

Class schedule

0800- 0830 Introduction and safety brief.

0830-0845 Handgun nomenclature and basic functions/cycle

0845-0915 Loading and unloading in an administrative setting. Dry practice.

0915-0945 Fundamentals of marksmanship, lecture.

0945-1000 Dry practice of fundamentals.

1000-1010 Break

1010-1100 Live fire, marksmanship fundamentals. Various ranges.

1100-1130 Presentations from the holster. Dry practice and live fire.

1130-1215 Lunch break

1215-1300. Live fire practice of fundamentals of marksmanship and presentations from the holster.

1300-1315 Slide lock reloading under stress, lecture.

1315-1330 Slide lock reloading, dry practice.

1330-1400 Slide lock reloading, live fire. This block will also stress marksmanship and presentations from the holster.

1400-1415 Tactical reloading, lecture.

1415-1430 Tactical reloading, dry practice.

1430-1500 Live fire from 5 yards to 15 yards.

1500-1510 Break

1510-1520 Type 1 malfunctions, lecture, and dry practice.

1520-1530 Type 2 malfunctions, lecture, and dry practice.

1530-1545 Type 3 malfunctions, lecture, and dry practice.

1545-1615 Malfunction drills, live fire.

1615-1700 Live fire drills.

Number of spots available: 12

Instructor Bio

Join our Veteran Instructor Mike to get your skills upgraded!

Mike Lazarus holds 27 years of experience as law enforcement officer, as well as 19 years SWAT including sniper, assaulter, team sergeant, FBI certified firearm instructor, MP5 and Sub Machine gun instructor, Defensive tactics instructor, Police Academy instructor, 13 years of experience in the US Army with multiple overseas deployments. Airborne, SOTIC, PSD, SRT, small arms armorer, various other military schools, Faculty member in California State University, Northridge and Ventura College. Hobbies include outdoor sports, hunting, competitive shooting.


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