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USCCA Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals

Basic - This is a good course for students at all levels.

Duration: 3.5 hours in the classroom and 3.5 hours on the range



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The USCCA Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals is a one-day course than includes the book written by Beth Alcazar.  It is a welcoming and engaging training guide created by a woman for women who are seeking to begin, improve upon, or add to their firearms skills. With three distinct modules (Women's Basic Pistol, Women's Intermediate Pistol, and Women's Defensive Pistol), this 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.  Cost is $100.  Instructor is Keith Kolb,  505-312-0065.  Registration required, call or email as needed.

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Topics Covered

  1. Guns and Gun Safety
  2. Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting
  3. Revolvers versus Semi-Automatics
  4. Bullets and Ballistics
  5. Cycle of Operation
  6. Common Malfunctions
  7. Holsters and Concealed Carry
  8. Establishing Personal Boundaries
  9. Shooting Fundamentals Review
  10. Mindset
  11. Avoid, Escape, Defend
  12. Use of Force
  13. Cover versus Concealment
  14. Voice Commands
  15. Marksmanship versus Defensive Shooting

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Expectations and Outcomes

You will leave this course with a better understanding of how firearms work, what your body goes through during a violent encounter, how to point shoot with accuracty to save your life, and how to work malfunctions and reload your firearm.  Students will receive a USCCA Training completion certificate.

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Basic, Intermediate, Seminars / Lectures, USCCA Courses, Women's Only Courses

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Bring your own firearm, holster, ear protection, and eye protection.  Rental guns and holster are available at extra costs.