Rangemaster Defensive Revolver

Tom Givens is returning to FAS for multiple classes July 21 through 28, 2020. NW Tac Con has been cancelled. A complete list of guest instructor classes can be found here.

Some people simply prefer a wheelgun. For others the revolver may be mandated by job requirements. If you train others, you need to know how to run a revolver, so you can teach the skills to others. For all these reasons, we offer a one day course in the proper use of the double-action revolver, an art that is rapidly being lost.

This is not a class for the raw beginner. Students should have some prior formal handgun training, so that we can concentrate on the tactical and technical differences in the manual of arms of the revolver. We will cover:

Types and characteristics of the common revolvers

Nomenclature and operation

Loading/Unloading/Reloading Techniques

Efficient shooting techniques

Accessories, including loading devices like speedloaders, speed strips, etc

Specialized holsters (we will have multiple examples to examine)

Students will need about 250-300 rounds of practice type ammunition and a belt holster. Ideally, the student will bring a service revolver, such as a 3” or 4” barrel medium frame revolver and a compact, 2” barrel concealment revolver. We will have some spares on hand, as well.

As in many pursuits, there are some things that you need to know and that will make the use of your revolver much easier and more efficient/effective. That is the purpose of this course.

For questions, contact Tom Givens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • 3-4" medium frame revolver
  • 2" barrel concealment revolver
  • Speed loaders and/or speed strips for each
  • Belt holster for each
  • 250-300 rounds of practice type ammunition
  • Hearing protection, wrap-around impact-resistant eye protection and a billed cap
  • A pen and notebook.
  • Please bring a sack lunch and beverages

About Tom Givens:

For over four decades, Tom has provided firearms training to security staff, military personnel, law enforcement officers, and every day citizens with a focus on personal defense. After a 25-year career in law enforcement and specialized security work, Tom opened his own pistol range in Memphis, TN in 1996. For 18 years, it was the primary source of handgun carry permit certification for the greater Memphis area. Soon joined by his wife Lynn, the training duo formed Rangemaster Firearms Training Services to share their expertise with a much broader audience. They now travel across the country and around the world to arm responsible citizens with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively protect themselves and their families.

Tom is certified as a law enforcement firearms instructor by the NRA, the FBI, and the state of Tennessee, and he serves as an expert witness all over the US in cases involving firearms and firearms training. He holds a Master rating in three IDPA Divisions (CDP, ESP and SSP) and has won several state and regional championships. Tom has written well over 100 published magazine articles in SWAT Magazine, Combat Handguns, The American Handgunner and other publications.


Event Date 07-25-2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 07-25-2020 6:00 pm
Capacity 5
Individual Price $250.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

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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