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The Ladies Only Basic Handgun Course has become our most popular class by far. It consists of an introduction to the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely handle and use a firearm. 4.5 hours of hands-on classroom training at the Gateswood Volunteer Fire Department consisting of discussion and demonstrations of safety, gun handling, a look at various types of handguns and ammunition, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various firing positions, cleaning a handgun and more. 2 to 2.5 hours at Styx River Shooting Center, where a participant will perform exercises to improve your marksmanship and get on target. 

Because we know a lot of ladies are here to learn how to use your firearm for self-defense, we also have an officer from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department come in and give about an hour question and answer session on the laws of self-defense and concealed carry and show you several different types of carry methods. This will help get you prepared for the next step.

You need to provide a firearm of your choice and 1-2 boxes of ammunition. If you do not have a firearm, we have a few to loan out for a small fee, as long as we know in advance and you can purchase ammunition at the range.

Course Length: Approximately 6-7 hours

Date & Time: March 3rd @ 8:30am

Location: Gateswood VFD and Styx River Shooting Center, Robertsdale AL

Cost $125