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"Tax Day" - Basic Pistol Class

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

Duration: generally 4 hours classroom, but allowing 2 extra hours in case it is needed - lunch will be provided



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There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.

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Did you get a tax refund? Why not invest that refund by empowering yourself with our Tax Day Basic Pistol class. At the end of the class, we will be giving away a brand new still-in-the-box Sig Sauer P365 9mm pistol (minimum 10 attendees). The P365 is the #1 selling handgun in the U.S. today. Click on the "Photo" tab to see an image of the P365. Winner must be 1) over 21, 2) a PA resident, and 3) able to pass a background check.

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 handgun, including proper techniques when shooting and how to maintain and care for your handgun.

This is a basic pistol class for those who have very little or no experience with firearms. We will provide laser training pistols for students to use, but if you have a gun you are welcome to 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 handguns 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!

We permit children between the ages of 12 and 18 to attend at 50% of the adult rate if a parent or guardian registers. Children will not be getting a Certificate of Completion.

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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.

Additionally, at the conclusion of the class, a handgun will be given away to one lucky attendee, a $600 value.

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, NRA 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.