USCCA Women's BASIC Handgun and Self Defense Class

Basic - Learn to be your own HERO

Duration: 5 hours



Tara Engel

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
Register Now August 15 Sunday
Titusville, FL
8 - 20 Students 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tara Engel 18 Spaces Left target icon


Developed and taught BY women FOR women!! Whether you are new to firearms or have some experience and are ready to take the next step, this stress-free introductory fundamentals class will help you to develop both your firearm skills and a defensive mindset.

The Level 1 class is the first of three and will act as a building block to progress to the Level II Women’s Intermediate class.

Shooting basics and fundamentals will be introduced and reviewed, universal firearm safety rules covered. Other topics will include situational awareness, common types of handguns, ammunition types, marksmanship skills, along with a roundtable discussion, hands-on exercises, a live fire session and useful resources.

This class is part of a trio of WOMEN ONLY classes that will be taught regularly at The American Police Hall of Fame. 
With three distinct modules (Women's Basic Handgun, Women's Intermediate Handgun, and Women's Advanced (Defensive) Handgun), the Basic course is designed to reach students who are brand new to firearms and those who are ready to learn more about defensive shooting. Basics and fundamentals will be introduced, reviewed, and then built upon, while also exploring situational awareness, common types of handguns, ammunition types, malfunctions, firearms handling skills, defensive pistol fundamentals, and the use of deadly force. Whether you’ve never touched a firearm, you’re looking for the next steps in your training, or you’ve chosen to learn about the skills, tools, and mindset needed to use firearms for self-defense, you can be prepared to carry confidently every day with tips and techniques from experienced women in the world of firearms.

Upon Completion of all 3 Level Classes , you can purchase a copy of the book, Women`s Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals, written by Beth Alcazar ($29.99 value).


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Topics Covered


What’s Your Why?

Understanding Firearms

A Few Introductions

Clearing Semi-Automatics

Universal Safety Rules

Every Gun has A Safety

Learning the “Right” Way

Shooting Fundamentals



Sight Alignment

Sight Picture

Trigger Control

Breath Control

Follow Through

Putting It Into Practice

The Difference Between Square Range and Defensive Shooting

Working On stance and Grip

Using Good Trigger Manipulation

Racking the slide

Loading A Magazine

Shooting Live – Fire


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Expectations and Outcomes

You will be more at ease with the concept of shooting; you will understand the safety elements better; you will begin to develop relationships within the women's shooting community; you will learn the value of having a "home range" and helpful instructors as well as a variety of resources.

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Basic, USCCA Courses, Women's Only Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring a current driver's license to the class.

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Please dress in comfortable clothing -- no shorts or flip-flops. Loose pants, closed-toe shoes with rubber soles, no deepV-neck shirts. If you already have a gun, please bring it. If you need to rent one you can do so for this class only (at an additional cost of $10). Levels II and III require you own your own gun and equipment. Please bring eye and ear protection; or, you can rent it for $1 each. You must bring 50 rounds of ammo (recommend that you buy in advance, as ammo can be hard to get due to the shortage). If you are renting a gun, please buy 9mm.