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Handgun
Our most popular program since 2002
For a nominal tuition fee of $75, 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:

February 7, 2015-Hurry! 2 Openings Only!

May 2, 2015

August 29, 2015

March 7, 2015

June 6, 2015

October 3, 2015

April 4, 2015

July 18, 2015

November 7, 2015

 

TUITION: $75
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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: 
May 3, 2015
July 19, 2015
October 4, 2015

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 8, 2015
June 7, 2015
August 30, 2015
November 8, 2015 

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.

Classroom topics for Level 2: Defensive Handgun include:
Gun Safety and Range Safety
Legal Considerations in Use of Deadly Force
Crime Awareness and Pre-Attack Indicators
Aftermath Issues (Interacting with Police)
Role Play Interacting with Police

Range Instruction for Defensive Handgun includes:
Defensive Draw Stroke
Defensive Draw Stroke from Concealment
Handgun Accuracy Relating to Self Defense
Malfunctions and Speed Reloading
Low Light Shooting
Strong Hand and Weak Hand Only Shooting
Moving and Shooting
Shooting at Moving Targets
Shoot-Don’t Shoot Scenarios

Prerequisite: Please consult the course descriptions for Handgun Safety Seminar, Fundamentals of Home Defense and Concealed Carry 101 before enrolling in Defensive Handgun.  While students are welcome to start their training with the Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. at Level Two, they must have a firm grasp and understanding of the curriculum of our Level One courses.

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:

February 14-15, 2015 June 27-28, 2015 September 19-20, 2015
March 28-29, 2015 August 1-2, 2015 November 14-15, 2015
May 2-3, 2015





TUITION: $385
Half Price Retakes Given-Phone 360-978-6100 to register
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Level 2: Defensive Handgun Equipment List
 
This course picks up where Level 2: Defensive Handgun leaves off, and requires a non-negotiable prerequisite of the current F.A.S. Level 2: Defensive Handgun, or both the pre-2015 F.A.S. Defensive Handgun and Tactical Handgun classes. (We understand that many top level trainers teach solid defensive handgun courses that their graduates may wish to satisfy this prerequisite, but please understand that with the revision of our Level 2: Defensive Handgun curriculum to incorporate decision making and legal aftermath material, makes this pre-requisite non-negotiable as Level 3 instruction requires a mastery of skills taught in Level 2).

Range instruction includes:
Mid- and Long-Range Accuracy Drills
360-Degree Awareness and Handgun Drills
Speed Draws, Double and Triple Taps
Hostage Rescue Drills
Low Light Training with Flashlights
Building Search Technique with Flashlights
Moving and Shooting at Multiple and Moving Targets

Classroom instruction includes
Taking Criminal Subjects at Gunpoint
Understanding the Tueller Principal (Students Participate in and Record Times, Can Be Videoed)
Role Play Exercises

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:
April 18-19, 2015
July 18-19, 2015
September 26-27, 2015

TUITION: $385
Half Price Retakes Given-Phone 360-978-6100 to register
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Tactical Handgun Equipment List 
 
For graduates of F.A.S. Levels 1 through 3 Handgun courses (or our pre-2015 F.A.S. Tactical Handgun and Advanced Defensive Handgun courses), this intensive three-day class combines advanced gun handling skill development with advanced tactical decision making.  The first day is all high-speed handgun shooting, and the second day concentrates on tactical decision making and role-play in preparation for defending one’s actions in court.  It is the culmination of Firearms Academy’s handgun training curriculum. We believe that an individual who completes all four levels of our handgun training courses is ready for just about anything an armed citizen may encounter in their daily lives.  Students will also test their skills against the FAS Handgun Master test (detailed under the Read More link below) during class.

Prerequisites: Students enrolling in this course should have received training equivalent to both our Level 2: Defensive Handgun and Level 3: 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:
May 15-17, 2015
October 2-4, 2015

TUITION: $525

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Level 4 Handgun Equipment List
 
Combining the curriculum of Level 2: Defensive Handgun and Level 3: Tactical Handgun classes, along with the Special Interest Seminar Wounded/Downed Defender into a very worthwhile, week-long training course for the student who can take a full week away from their jobs and families.

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 15-19, 2015

 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: June 20, 2015

TUITION: $135
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Equipment List:
 
As part of our re-vamp of the FAS defensive handgun curriculum, we have dropped our block of instruction for weak hand shooting from the curriculum, and created its own Special Interest Seminar.  In a perfect world, this new Special Interest Seminar SHOULD be our most popular one, because every person who carries a gun for self-defense needs to be able to use the gun with their weak hand as the primary hand.  Why?  Because at any given time, your strong hand can become unusable (through any type of injury) and the ability to strap a holster on your weak side and carry on is very important.  Don’t disregard this important aspect of your defensive handgun training.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun.

Class Dates: June 27, 2015

TUITION: $135
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Equipment List
 
At F.A.S., we have identified nine skills necessary for the armed citizen to have mastered before they are truly ready for the street.  They are—
  1. Accuracy
  2. Draw stroke
  3. Manipulation
  4. Speed
  5. Moving targets
  6. One-handed shooting
  7. Low light shooting
  8. Multiple targets
  9. Moving and shooting
We teach these in our Level 2: Defensive Handgun class, and for this Special Interest Seminar, we will practice each of these skills, then after everyone is tuned up, give the Handgun Master test a run.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun.

Class Date: May 30, 2015

TUITION: $135
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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. 

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.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun or higher. 

Seminar Date: August 29, 2015

TUITION: $135
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Speed comes from smoothness (and turning on the afterburners). This special interest seminar is the most action-packed, full of smoke-and-brass seminar we teach. At completion, the student should be able to do one second draws, double taps in a quarter of a second, and engage 3 targets from the holster in under 2 seconds. Not only pushing the envelope for speed, but also acceptable accuracy, with emphasis on A-zone hits for all shots fired. Bring handgun, a Kydex (such as Blade-Tech) or other outside the belt holster, and 500 rounds of FMJ ammunition, and at least 5 magazines, eye and ear protection and a billed cap. 

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.

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.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun.

Seminar Date: August 22, 2015

TUITION: $135

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Combining wounded defender skills (one handed strong and one handed weak hand shooting) and firearms manipulation with the downed defender techniques as taught by the late Jim Cirillo, this special interest seminar is jam packed with  material to broaden the experience of the serious handgun student.

Prerequisites: Level 2: Defensive Handgun

Seminar Date: October 25, 2015

TUITION: $135

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Equipment List:
 
Point shooting, proper use of flashlights, use of night sights, use of lasers, low light moving targets and shooting while moving in low light are the main topics covered. Bring 300 rounds of jacketed ammunition, Sure•Fire-type tactical flashlight, clear eye protection, ear protection, belt holster, billed cap and a lunch. 

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.
 
Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun 
Seminar Date: March 7, 2015

TUITION: $135
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The dirty little secret in defensive handgunning, is that even the gurus at times slip a small gun in the pocket for those times where a full-sized gun just isn’t viable.  With this in mind, we are going to train with these guns for a hard 6 hours, pushing their capabilities and exploring “pocket gun” tactics.  The gun should be a center-fire pistol caliber of .32 or larger and be able to fit into the front pocket of a pair of blue jeans,  (relaxed fit for some of us).  While we will also train from traditional belt holsters, bring your fanny packs, and an old vest or old jacket we can shoot through the pocket and destroy.  200 rounds of ammunition is required to complete the course.  

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun or higher. 

Seminar Date: March 28, 2015

TUITION: $135
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Equipment List:
 
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: Level 2: Defensive Handgun or higher. 

Seminar Date: April 5, 2015

TUITION: $135
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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 29-31, 2015
TUITION: $325
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