Level 1: Intro to Handguns

Our most popular program since 2002

*New classes added below, please sign up online through the registration links*

For a nominal tuition fee of $95, students in the Intro to Handguns class have the opportunity to learn vital information on deadly force laws and the state laws regarding ownership and possession of handguns, along with learning the basics of how to handle and shoot your handgun safely and competently.

If you already own a handgun, we hope you will attend this valuable class to learn how to be a safer gun owner, and master the fundamentals of marksmanship.
Handgun Selection 5pm-6pm after class ($20 cash): Students who are considering purchasing their own handgun are encouraged to participate in the handgun selection portion of this class. When the class is over, if you wish you may stay for an extra hour and learn about ten excellent self-defense handguns as well as shoot them. This add-on costs $20 (please bring cash) to cover the cost of ammunition. You do not need reservations for this additional session in advance; just remain behind at the end of the class. We want to help our students find the handgun that will best serve their needs and fit them properly.

This is an adult level course. Students must be 18 years of age or older, free of criminal background, and legally able to own or be in possession of handguns. Students must sign a statement confirming that they can legally possess guns before participating in the class. The student must complete the 3 hour classroom session before going to the range for the live-fire training (both are at the same facility). Class start promptly at 10:00 a.m., and run until approximately 5:00 p.m. The Onalaska range is approximately 2 1/4 hours and 1 3/4 hours from downtown Seattle or Portland, but give yourself a little extra time in case you make a wrong turn.

Pre-enrollment is strictly required: It is not okay to just show up. You must pre-register, either over the phone or online. The classes fill very quickly so we recommend you call well in advance. Confirmation information will be sent to you by mail, including a map to our location along with any other information you need before attending class. Please note the following details:

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing may not participate in live-fire training, due to risks from lead exposure and loud noise.
  • Each student will be required to sign a statement that they are legally entitled to own handguns prior to participation in the class. Thus, this class is not appropriate for individuals required to complete court-mandated or court-ordered firearms safety training.


What to bring

Students should bring their own good quality handgun in a secure carrying case, and 50 rounds of full metal jacketed (FMJ) factory ammunition (Please, no steel-cased ammunition). Unless the student has a license to carry a concealed handgun, the gun must be transported unloaded in a case or other opaque, secure container, out of their immediate reach while in their car. Student should also bring wrap-around eye protection, hearing protection and a brimmed ball cap, as well as their lunch.

Event Date Capacity Register
10-03-2020 10:00 am 13
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
10-30-2020 10:00 am 16
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
11-06-2020 10:00 am 14
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
02-13-2021 10:00 am 16
02-27-2021 10:00 am 16
03-13-2021 10:00 am 16
03-27-2021 10:00 am 16
04-10-2021 10:00 am 16
04-25-2021 10:00 am 24
05-29-2021 10:00 am 16
06-12-2021 10:00 am 16
06-26-2021 10:00 am 16
07-10-2021 10:00 am 16

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

Please note that this is a private range.  There is no public access, other than for scheduled classes / events.  Contact us for driving directions, information about the range, or lodging recommendations.

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