This 8-hour course is intended for people with little or no pistol shooting experience. It is an introduction to the basics of pistol shooting, including the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to shoot a handgun safely and accurately at a very basic level.
This course fulfills the requirements for the 8-hour 1st day of training for your CCW.
Students interested in trying a variety of guns can rent them when we go to the range (additional fee paid to the range, not us). Choosing a handgun just by holding it in the store is like choosing a car by sitting in it in a parking lot. The benefit to this provides students the opportunity to actually test fire many different guns and calibers, to make a better informed gun purchase decision.
- Basic safety
- Gun parts and operation
- Fundamentals of marksmanship
- Ammunition fundamentals
- Range etiquette
None, not even a FOID card. If you’re still waiting for yours, or even if you haven’t applied for it yet, you are able to take this course.
- No open-toed shoes allowed.
- Brimmed hat (recommended, not required).
- Safety glasses.
- Electronic hearing protection is recommended, but we have foam ear plugs available for free if you don’t have any.
- Pen and paper.
You can bring your own pistol and ammunition if you have it. This is entirely up to you.
What is your cancellation policy?
- Full refund: 61 or more days from the class
- 50% refund: Between 31 and 60 days from the class
- No refund: Within 30 days of the class
Brian M –
I felt wayyyy better about myself after taking this class. There was a lot of good information and the instructor really knew his stuff. Not an intimidating class to take at all.
Jennifer L –
Came in not knowing what to expect, however Joe put me at ease and made the learning process simple and fun. I’m a lot more comfortable handling my gun now that I took this class and would highly recommend it to anyone I know.
Toni N (verified owner) –
This was such a great class. I had never handled a firearm before and when I left that day, I felt both comfortable and safe. Joe really stresses safe handling and I appreciated that as it is very easy to make a mistake when this is new. Also Joe is very thoughtful. I was having trouble at the firing range with the noise from shooters next to me, despite having hearing protection. Joe went through the effort to get me a second pair of ear plugs I could wear in addition to my hearing protection. That was helpful and I was very grateful. I highly recommend taking this course.
Laurance G. Drish Sr. (verified owner) –
Being a retired LEO, I wanted to take Joe Cosentino’s course to keep my skills proficient. I spent 4/2/22 with Joe as an my instructor. His classroom, inert weapons, and Powerpoint were exceptional. Joe’s teaching methods are excellent and his presentation was outstanding. Our range time allowed me to put to use what Joe taught me in the classroom. My shooting skills improved and I am excited about attending more of Joes classes in the future. My wife will be attending one of his classes in the future.
Thanks again Joe for being an outstanding instructor.
Jonathan L (verified owner) –
I started the pistol one class with no prior experience with firearms. Thanks to Joe, I left the class with a strong fundamentals of firearms safety and operation. Joe is an excellent teacher and I look forward to taking future courses here.
Nina T (verified owner) –
My husband & I attended Joe’s Pistol 1 class and it was super informative and helpful. Neither of us had any training at all and by the end of the class we were comfortable and it was a lot of fun. Joe is very passionate about what he does and was extremely patient with us asking a million questions. We will definitely be taking more classes with him!