This course will improve your pistol shooting fundamentals and basic pistol craft skills with the self defense pistol.

Note: CCW certification is available with this course (see below).

Using the “crawl, walk, run” philosophy, students will learn and practice basic and intermediate pistol skills and shooting fundamentals both in the classroom and on the live-fire range.

This class is taught by NRA certified pistol instructors.

Class size: Limited to 15 students (minimum of 8)

Length: 7.5 hours total


Tuition: $175 per student ($150 for alumni)

Topics Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Fundamentals of shooting (stance, grip, etc.)
  • Choosing a pistol and ammunition ballistics
  • Tactical presentations including concealed carry
  • Methodology of shooting the self defense pistol
  • Use of cover
  • Tactical reloading
  • Drawing from the holster
  • Marksmanship and accuracy improvement
  • Malfunction clearance (Stoppage drills)
  • Tactical gun-handling
  • Simulated stress fire

Equipment Needed

  • Good working, serviceable pistol. While this class is geared toward the semi-auto pistol, use of a revolver is permitted with prior approval.
  • 200 rounds of ammunition (Factory ammo only. No home reloads allowed due to insurance.)
  • Belt holster
  • 3 magazines minimum and method of carry**
  • Eye protection (clear or yellow for indoor courses)
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred)
  • Vest, coat or shirt for concealed carry training (optional)
  • Baseball style hat (to keep brass from getting behind eye pro)
  • Personal food (optional). Beverages will be provided and while we will not take a formal break, you may eat during the classroom portion if you choose.

Where Do I Go?

Location and Time:

All Indoor courses will be held at Liberty Firearms Institute.  This is an AMAZING facility with 50,000 square feet of ranges locatred at4990 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Johnstown, CO.  You can visit their website at

All outdoor courses will be held at Great Guns Sporting, Nunn, Colorado.

Great Guns Sporting is a beautiful facility located 35 minutes NE of Fort Collins, CO. For more information on Great Guns, go to

What Do I Need to Know

By registering for this course, you agree to our Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy.

Questions on this class? Please contact Contact Us before registering.