Basic Handgun Training

For Beginners

Class sizes will vary from 2 to 8 students for more of a private training experience. This class is ideal for a beginner/first time shooter/refresher. In this class the student will have an option of training with a 9MM or 22LR. The instructor will provide the gun rental and ammunition, both are included in the class fee.

If you have your own firearm and will be bringing it to the class, you will need to provide your own ammunition. There will be no adjustment to class fee.

You do not need to own a firearm to take this class. You must be 21 years and older. 

Instructors will accommodate students 14 years of age and older with a guardian over 21 attending the class. 

All of our instructors offering private lessons are also CCW instructors and can answer any CCW questions if that is also something you are interested in next.

Joining Senior Instructor Jack Shantz is his wife Belinda Shantz. Mrs. Shantz is an experienced Pistol Firearms Instructor Certified by both the NRA and Department of Justice. She has considerable expertise with defensive shotgun and teaches self defense for inside and outside the home. 

Mrs. Shantz is a graduate of Fresno State University and a retired college educator. One of her many skills is she is a multi-lingual interpreter. She brings a unique skill set to her training as she is paraplegic and provides amazing perspectives and knowledge to those with disabilities. 

Class Outline

  • Basic Handgun Safety
  • Functioning of firearm: check for clear & safe removing magazine.
  • Opening Cylinder/Locking Slide To Rear.
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Fundamentals: Stance & Grip.
  • Aiming (sight alignment/sight picture)
  • Trigger Control
  • Dry Firing
  • Live Fire Range Shooting

Class Cost $100.00

You Must Provide Your Own Ear and Eye Protection

If you need to purchase your own ear and eye protection The Range Pistol Club next door has various options. If you plan on bringing in your own firearm and need to check if the The Range has your caliber in-stock contact them directly (559) 277-9800.

If any of the times and dates listed below do not work for you. Every Monday at 5:30PM, Instructor Curt Hamett host a walk-in Basic Handgun Class for beginners with the same format and price. It is a walk-in class so class size will vary. For that class you will need to check-in at The Range Pistol Club by 5:15PM.


Police Science Institute

5133 N. Gates Suite 102

Fresno CA 93722

(Indoor Private Range) 

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