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Handgun
Our most popular program since 2002
For a nominal tuition fee of $65, students in the Handgun Safety Seminar 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. If you do not own a handgun and are interested in learning about handguns and gun safety you are invited to reserve one of our .22 caliber loaner guns. Please be sure to call, email or include a note in the "Comments" section of the online purchase form indicating your need for a loaner. Students who are considering purchasing their own handgun are encouraged to participate in the handgun selection portion of this class. When the Safety Seminar 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 Safety Seminar. 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 comfirming 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). Seminars 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.
Class Dates:
Feb. 2, 2014 June 7, 2014 September 6, 2014
March 1, 2014-FULL! June 28, 2014 October 4, 2014-FULL!
April 6, 2014-FULL! August 2, 2014 November 1, 2014
May 3, 2014-FULL!

 

TUITION: $65
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What to bring
 
This one-day class is specifically designed for the Handgun Safety Seminar graduate who keeps a handgun at home for self-defense, but does not necessarily carry it in public. 

Classroom subject matters include safe storage of handguns, home security, bullet penetration in modern house construction, children and guns, interacting with home intruders and interacting with police.

The shooting component of this class will include safe gun handling, skills to improve accuracy, introductions to use of cover shooting, strong hand only shooting, distances out to 10 yards, low light shooting and use of flashlight.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Firearms Academy's Handgun Safety Seminar, no exceptions. Students in this class will be required to sign a statement that they are legally entitled to own handguns prior to participation.

Class Dates: 
April 5, 2014
June 29, 2014

September 14, 2014


TUITION: $185

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Fundamentals of Home Defense Equipment List
 
Concealed Carry 101 was born out of the need to quickly and efficiently get students "up and running" with self-defense and concealed carry handgun skills. Information covered in this class includes: holster selection and carry methods, drawing from concealment, concealed carry wardrobe options, reloading and malfunction clearing, ammunition selection, and a variety of marksmanship skill building drills.

Our affordable Handgun Safety Seminar, a very popular program introduced in 2002, teaches the laws and Use of Force doctrine that is an inseparable part of the topic of carrying guns for self-defense. Thus, the Handgun Safety Seminar is a non-negotiable prerequisite for Concealed Carry 101, even for registrants who have participated in other gun safety programs. We recommend that you to wait to enroll in Concealed Carry 101 (or any of our classes!) until you have completed the Handgun Safety Seminar, so you can benefit from an instructor's guidance about which class will best meet your training needs as your skills may exceed the basics taught in this class, making you a better candidate for Defensive Handgun class.

Students must provide their own handgun, a range or concealment holster of good quality (if you need to purchase one, we recommend Blade-Tech products), and other equipment as detailed below. One of the main blocks of instruction for this class is selection of a good quality concealed carry holster. For this class, you only need a safe holster for range work, and we would recommend you wait until after the class to purchase an expensive concealed carry holster, unless you already have one.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Firearms Academy Handgun Safety Seminar (see http://firearmsacademy.com/handgun/4-handgun-safety). Students in this class will be required to sign a statement that they are legally entitled to own handguns prior to participation.

Class Dates:
March 2, 2014
May 4, 2014
June 8, 2014
August 3, 2014
October 5, 2014 

Tuition: $185
 
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Concealed Carry 101 Equipment List
 
Two days of combined classroom and range instruction, teaching the armed citizen or entry-level police officer the techniques of defensive handgunning. Instruction covers the basics of grip, stance, sight picture and trigger squeeze, and continues into the gun handling mechanics of draw stroke, reloads and malfunction clearing. 

Once these are mastered, the students learn low light shooting, point shooting skills, use of cover techniques, shooting at moving targets and shooting while moving. Classroom discussion covers gun safety and the laws regarding use of deadly force in self defense.

Prerequisite: While this is not a class for beginners, the student who already has a good working knowledge of and familiarity with handguns, can start here.

Student will be required to present a state-issued license to carry a concealed handgun, military or police identification or other form of background check prior to participation.

Women who are pregnant or nursing may not participate in live-fire training, due to risks from lead exposure and loud noise. Student must supply own handgun and other gear as specified in equipment list below.

Class Dates:

April 26-27, 2014-Class Full! June 28-29, 2014 August 23-24, 2014 
May 31-June 1, 2014-Class Full! July 26-27, 2014 September 27-28, 2014 
November 1-2, 2014





TUITION: $365

1/2 Price Retakes Given
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Defensive Handgun Equipment List
 
Building upon the skills learned in Defensive Handgun, Tactical Handgun exposes the student to life saving tactical principals such as 360-degree target engagement, multiple targets, one-handed skills both in daylight and low light, additional exercises with moving targets and shooting while moving. Also included in this two-day course are the subjects of building search principals both in daylight and low-light conditions and shooting from compromised positions. Before enrolling in this course, the student should have a working mastery of the skills taught in our Defensive Handgun course.

 Prerequisites: Either Defensive Handgun or equivalent training from a police agency or another firearms school. Student will be required to present a state-issued license to carry a concealed handgun, military or police identification or other form of background check prior to participation.

You will need your own handgun of .380 ACP caliber or larger, a valid, state issued Concealed Weapons Permit, law enforcement or military ID or other background check and other gear as specified.

 Class Dates:
Please check back for 2015 schedule

TUITION: $365
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Tactical Handgun Equipment List 
 
Mastery of the defensive handgun is the goal for this two day course, where the students drill on the skills necessary to achieve excellence, along with receiving coaching in order to achieve the greatest skill development possible.

When facing a lethal threat, the confidence that one can perform the actions necessary to save one’s life or the lives of loved ones is immeasurably important. Confidence to handle whatever the situation presents reduces risk for the defender, because criminals seek out prey that they perceive as weak and unable to resist. At the end of the second day, students will take the demanding FAS Handgun Master Test detailed under the Read More link below.

Prerequisites: Students enrolling in this course should have received training equivalent to both our Defensive Handgun and Tactical Handgun classes. Student will be required to present a state-issued license to carry a concealed handgun, military or police identification or other form of background check prior to participation.

Class Dates:
Please check back for 2015 schedule

TUITION: $365

1/2 Price Retakes Given
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Advanced Defensive Handgun Equipment List
 
Combining the exciting new curriculums of Defensive Handgun, Tactical Handgun and Advanced Defensive Handgun, we are pleased to offer in one week the advanced handgun and tactics training that is the foundation of our Academy's success. For details about topics taught, please click on the class titles highlighted above.

Our weeklong handgun course resulted from the requests of far-away students for the chance to load up on several FAS classes without having to waste the week-days between classes on our traditional week-end training schedule, or incur the expense of three separate trips to FAS.

Prerequisite: Student should have a good working knowledge and familiarity of handguns, but no formal training is required. You will need your own handgun of .380 ACP caliber or larger, and a valid, state issued Concealed Weapons Permit, military or police ID or other background check is required due to the nature of the material presented.

Class Dates: June 23-27, 2014-Sorry! Class Full! Watch our website for the 2015 program.

 TUITION: $750
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Weeklong Handgun Equipment List:
 
Unless you have mastered shooting a handgun without flinching, gaining skills in the other areas of defensive handgun use is very difficult. With this in mind, students are drilled and coached on how to shoot very accurately with the handgun. Not very sexy, but very necessary! Bring your handgun, 250 rounds of jacketed ammunition, belt holster and ear and eye protection and a billed cap. Prerequisite: Either Concealed Carry 101 or Fundamentals of Home Defense (or higher level course).

Special Interest Seminars put in-depth focus on individual components and ancillary aspects of defensive firearms use. Seminar emphasis is on skill building and repetition, that the student may gain an appreciable degree of proficiency in the specified skill. The special interest seminars review and refine skills taught in our weekend courses, and are offered to provide the chance to practice specific skills, without having to spend the time to go through an entire weekend class.
 
These one-day, 6-hour seminars are designed for students to practice what they already have been taught in the prerequisite F.A.S. class, but perhaps have not practiced for a while. They are NOT designed to be stand-alone training. If you have not met the pre-requisites listed for each class, please do not ask for a waiver of the pre-requisite, but rather, please consider taking the class listed as the prerequisite, as it contains instruction on the topics contained in the Special Interest Seminar, plus lots more.

Seminar Date: April 13, 2014

TUITION: $125
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Equipment List:
 
Shooting at moving targets and shooting while moving are two of the more difficult aspects of defensive handgunning. It is also one that is nearly impossible to practice on a public range, so this special interest seminar gives F.A.S. graduates the chance to refresh these skills under the watchful eye of our instructors. This seminar covers both topics in depth, providing 6 hours of training and practice in these two very important skills. Bring 250 rounds of jacketed handgun ammunition, belt holster, ear and eye protection. Prerequisite: Defensive Handgun or higher.

Special Interest Seminars put in-depth focus on individual components and ancillary aspects of defensive firearms use. Seminar emphasis is on skill building and repetition, that the student may gain an appreciable degree of proficiency in the specified skill. The special interest seminars review and refine skills taught in our weekend courses, and are offered to provide the chance to practice specific skills, without having to spend the time to go through an entire weekend class.

These one-day, 6-hour seminars are designed for students to practice what they already have been taught in the prerequisite F.A.S. class, but perhaps have not practiced for a while. They are NOT designed to be stand-alone training. If you have not met the pre-requisites listed for each class, please do not ask for a waiver of the pre-requisite, but rather, please consider taking the class listed as the prerequisite, as it contains instruction on the topics contained in the Special Interest Seminar, plus lots more.

Seminar Date: September 7, 2014

TUITION: $125
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In 1988, FAS Director Marty Hayes first became a revolver Master, (shooting in NRA sponsored Police Pistol Competition).  Since the, he has continued to compete and train with the simple and effective revolver, and recently became an IDPA revolver Master.  The revolver is the "go to" gun for many people who want a gun they know will work every time and is easy to store and maintain.  For this Special Interest Seminar, the student will spend a day working with the revolver in basic and advanced shooting drills, including learnining about trigger prepping and low light shooting.  If you carry or keep a revolver at times for self-defense, you owe it to yourself to attend this special interest seminar, taught by FAS Director Marty Hayes. 

Prerequisite:  Defensive Handgun or higher. 

Seminar Date: July 20, 2014

TUITION: $125
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Equipment List: 
 
Taught to keep the late, great Jim Cirillo’s downed defender techniques alive and accessible to our students. In this class, we deviate from our standard SIS curriculum to present new material for Defensive Handgun (or higher) graduates. Shooting from compromised positions, the way Jim Cirillo taught it is the focus of this class.

Prerequisites: Defensive Handgun

Seminar Date: August 3, 2014

TUITION: $125

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Equipment List:
 
Taught by Marty Hayes and Zach Campbell (both IDPA multiple handgun Masters) this three-day, 1,000 round count course will take the Marksman’s or Sharpshooter’s performance to the next level (or even next two levels!).  For Experts, no guarantee to get you to Master, but we will try!

Running from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day, the morning session will concentrate on developing your handgun shooting skills, then in the afternoon, we will concentrating on IDPA specific issues.  Course content will cover ALL aspects of IDPA shooting, including, but not limited to: Concealed carry draw, tactical and speed reloads, multiple targets, moving tagets, one handed shooting, lowl ight shooting with and without flashlights, and position shooting as one might find in a typical match.

Enrollment limited to the first 12 sign ups.  Must be an IDPA member AND hold at least a Marskman classification to participate. This is not a beginner-level class.

Class Date: May 30-June 1, 2014--Sorry! Class Full! Watch for our 2015 schedule for this program!
TUITION: $300
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