Module 1: Intro to Handguns/Self Defense Pistol Basics

Pistol Basics Class

The first module in our Protector series, the USCCA Intro to Handguns/Pistol Basics module is perfect for someone who is new to handguns as well as someone who is new to shooting in general. By the end of the module, you’ll have a great understanding of the different types of pistols, how they work, and how to use them safely. You’ll also walk away with some drills you can use to continue to improve your skills with your firearm. This module does not include live fire and it is not necessary to bring a handgun to to the session.

• Universal safety rules
• Clearing a semi-automatic
• Clearing a revolver
• Defining a gun’s action
• Understanding revolvers
• Understanding semi-automatics
• Modern, striker-fired handguns
• Understanding magazines
• Selecting a handgun
• Pros and cons of handgun choices
• Ammunition components
• Is caliber all that matters?
• Other measurements
• Ammunition care and storage
• Common ammunition malfunctions
• Clearing semi-auto malfunctions
• Other use of force options

• Defensive shooting versus marksmanship
• Proper grip
• Shooting platform
• Aligning the muzzle to the target
• Unsighted fire, point shooting
• Flash sight picture
• Sighted fire
• Trigger control
• Rubber band exercise

• Holster retention
• Hip holsters
• Paddle holsters
• Pocket holsters
• Inside the waistband holsters
• Non-traditional holster styles
• Belts
• Tactical flashlights
• Mounted lights
• Considering a laser sight
• Gun safes and storage

Please contact us for more information on scheduling this class.