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This course is designed for people with little or no handgun experience. Students focus on pistol shooting fundamentals including proper grip, sight alignment/sight picture, and trigger control. Mastering these basic skill requirements is critical to developing sufficient proficiency with a handgun to safely and effectively employ it in a defensive shooting situation.  Unless a waver is granted, this course is a prerequisite for the Intermediate Handgun Skills Course. To request a waiver, please email .

A holster is not required for the Basic Handgun Skills Course, but the student should bring one to class, if they have a holster for the handgun they will be using. 

Ammo required: 200 rounds minimum.
Class duration:  3 hrs.
Class Size:  Maximum 8 students
Class Fee:  $125 ($99 for PSC Members & family)