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.
Our Entry Level Courses offers new and existing owners proven legal, safety and operation guidelines. Our Hand Gun Safety Course is a pre-requisite to all others
For those who have completed our Level 1 courses, or for Entry level armed professionals, including law enforcement, military and security.
Advanced concepts, including tactical simulations and avanced techniques. Attendance requires staff evalution and approval
Two days of combined classroom and range instruction, teaching the armed citizen or entry-level police officer the techniques of defensive handgunning.
Classroom topics include, gun safety and range safety, legal considerations in use of deadly force, crime awareness and pre-attack indicators, aftermath issues (interacting with police), and role play interacting with police.
Range instruction includes, defensive draw stroke, defensive draw stroke from concealment, handgun accuracy relating to self defense, malfunctions and speed reloading, low light shooting, moving and shooting, shooting at moving targets, and shoot-don’t shoot scenarios.
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.
Our most popular program since 2002
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.
This class is specifically geared to prepare students for the possibility of defending against an active shooter in an urban environment and will involve shooting exercises designed to test skills necessary for active shooter interdiction, along with force on force training to prepare the armed citizen to be able to respond as effectively as possible if they ever have to face an armed assailant bent on shooting numerous victims. The class will also address the legal issues involved in this type of a defensive handgun use.
This one-day class is specifically designed for the Level 1: Intro to Handguns 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It is one thing to carry a firearm for protection but it is another to be able to hit the areas on the threat that effect the quickest stop! Having the best knowledge of the equipment to fit your needs and the know-how to use your firearm effectively is critical. In addition to the role of shot placement in stopping an assailant, armed citizens are obligated not to shoot indiscriminately and endanger others.
Do you know the capabilities of your defensive handgun ammunition? Since the “Bullet Wars” of the 1990’s, development of good defensive handgun ammunition has been on a steep upward climb, as far as reliability and performance. FAS believes that what is important is a good expanding hollowpoint traveling 1100 feet per second, and one that does not overpenetrate, regardless of the caliber. Can your ammunition, from your gun meet this criteria? We will find out, by both chronographing AND shooting into gelatin, and the comparing your bullet’s performance against the others in the class. We will also explore and discuss the different theories regarding the effectiveness of handgun ammunition. Students will have the opportunity to test 4 different bullets in ballistic gelatin.
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.
The purpose of this 3-day class is to improve the capability of the armed citizen and law enforcement officer to quickly identify and stop an Active Shooter. Instruction covers knowledge, mental preparation, gear, skills, tactics, and other considerations.
A 2-day force on force defensive tactics class with Airsoft. The focus of this course is giving the student a more realistic understanding of what can and will occur during and after a violent encounter. While it has no live-fire component, most students find this course more stressful (and more educational) than additional courses that consist of live fire drills against paper targets.
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.