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Basic Pistol

Basic - An introductory class for first time gun owners or those considering owning their first gun

Duration: 6 hours classroom - lunch/snacks will be provided.



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There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.

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Ready to learn the basics of shooting and gun safety with a professional instructor? Join us for the Basic Pistol class! This class is designed specifically for those who are just starting out in shooting and guns. Our professional instructor will show you the basics on safely using a pistol, including proper techniques when shooting and how to maintain and care for your pistol.

This is a basic pistol class for those who have very little or no experience with firearms. We will provide the pistols for everyone to use, but if you have a gun please bring it along as well, but NO LIVE AMMO!

Our experienced instructor will go over the topics of proper gun safety, handling, loading and handling misfires. You will learn about the proper stance and grip for shooting, the different types of sights available and how to take proper aim. Additionally, you will be taught the basics of sighting in and how to use your gun in various situations. You will also learn how to respond to an active shooter situation.

This class is designed to give you an introduction to pistols and gun safety. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and you will have the basic knowledge and skills to begin your journey into shooting and firearms. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from a professional instructor, sign up now and join us for the Basic Pistol class!

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Topics Covered

Topics to be covered are:

  • Types of handguns
  • Ammo types
  • Handling handguns
  • Loading/unloading
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Shooting stance
  • Handling misfires and malfunctions
  • First gun considerations

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Expectations and Outcomes

At the conclusion of the class, first time gun owners will have the skills to safely and responsibly handle firearms. And those people who are not yet gun owners but are thinking about it will have the knowledge and information to determine if gun ownership is for them.

Pennsylvania does not require completion of a safety class prior to obtaining a concealed carry permit. However, at the conclusion of this class, students will receive a "Certificate of Completion". This CoC can be used as proof that students registering for more advanced classes with Dakota Firearms have taken this introductory class. Please double check your registered name, as it will be that name which will be printed on your certificate.

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Basic, Church / Business - Safety / Security, NRA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Virtual Simulation, Women's Only Courses

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Students are permitted to bring their own personal firearm, but NO live ammunition in the gun, in the magazine or on their person. However, not to worry if student does not own a firearm. Instructor will provide laser trainers for use in class, which are 100% safe because they shoot a laser beam.

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