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Introduction to Defensive Shooting

Safety, confidence and competence for beginner to intermediate level shooters

Duration: 2 1/2-hours classroom and 1 1/2-hours range time

Fee: $99.00

Type(s): Basic, USCCA Courses

Instructor: Alpha Defense Academy, LLC - Phillip Bartolacci View Bio target icon


This basic introduction to the concepts and core skills necessary to safely and effectively use a firearm in self-defense is an ideal class for beginners and intermediate shooters alike.  

With an extreme emphasis on safety and the defensive applications of a gun as part of a total self-defense package, you will learn how to safely hold, fire and control a handgun as well as understand how to select a firearm for self-defense, the diferences in ammunition, gear and general self-defense and awareness techniques.

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What you need:
  • Your own handgun (if you own one) OR, you can rent one from the range (typically $10-15)
  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition (no reloaded ammunition)
  • Eye and Ear protection (you can rent some from the range if you don't have any)
  • Proper clothing and shoes
    • no loose tops
    • no open-toed shoes
    • a baseball-style hat 
  • A serious respect for safety
  • A desire to learn AND have fun!

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Topics Covered

Basic Schedule:
  • Classroom including general safety/awareness discussion
  • Safe handling of a handgun
  • Developing basic skills 
  • Types of handguns and ammunition
  • Legal concerns and ramifications
  • Range time
    • approximately 50 rounds per person
    • slow, safe and responsible range skills
    • developing confidence and competence with a handgun

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Expectations and Outcomes

Tuition ( $99.00 per individual OR $149 per family living at the same address) includes:

  • Classroom materials
    • USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense textbook (1 per family)
    • Classroom workbook (1 per attendee)
  • Range fees
  • Custom Defensive Shooting  Fundamentals targets for use at the range
  • 3 take-home DSF targets for your continued practice at your local range
  • USCCA Course Completion certificate

Upcoming Classes

There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.