Handgun Ballistics Seminar

Do you know the capabilities of your chosen defensive ammunition if you’re forced to defend your life? Have you tested it through your defensive handgun? At FAS we believe a good hollow point that expands well and has enough penetration is the key, regardless of the caliber. At this unique seminar we’ll test your bullet’s accuracy, velocity, penetration, expansion, and weight retention. You’ll get a chance to chronograph your defensive ammunition, and test it through different barriers and several testing mediums including ballistic gelatin.
The development of defensive handgun ammunition has improved significantly over the years, but not all bullets are created equally. Different rounds can perform better or worse than others through different test mediums. In this one-day seminar students get firsthand experience on terminal ballistics by putting their chosen handgun/ammunition combo to the test and comparing it with others in the class to see how they perform. 
The FBI ammunition protocol, and alternative testing theories and methods will be discussed to give you a better understanding of the effectiveness of handgun ammunition. We’ll also challenge you with several high standard shooting drills to see if your skills with your concealed carry gun is up to the task.
*This class may go later than 5pm and is longer than our normal seminars.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Defensive Handgun (or higher level FAS course)
This is not a stand-alone class. Students must have completed the prerequisite to ensure safety throughout the seminar.

No retake discounts due to extra costs to run this course. Additionally, due to the extra cost of materials pre-prepped for each student in this course and the reduced size of the class, it will be the student's responsibility to fill their spot if they need to cancel or reschedule.

Notes: This class is designed around testing one firearm and ammunition combination only. While AIWB or other alternative carry methods are allowed in this class, if you cannot do so safely, you will be asked to switch to a strong side hip holster. Please plan accordingly.

Equipment List:

  1. Your Carry/Self-Defense Handgun (Bring the gun you actually carry, not your competition gun)
  2. Your Concealed Carry Holster (Open/Competition holsters are not appropriate for this class)
  3. At least one spare magazine/speed loader and pouch to carry it in
  4. Cover garment (what you normally wear to conceal your firearm)
  5. Electronic hearing protection
  6. Wrap around eye protection (We will be shooting through glass)
  7. Billed baseball cap
  8. 100 rounds (minimum) of your preferred FMJ practice ammo
  9. 60 rounds (minimum) of your preferred self-defense ammo for testing
  10. Note taking materials and a camera to document your test results
  11. Your lunch and beverages



Event Date 11-17-2024 9:00 am
Event End Date 11-17-2024 6:00 pm
Capacity 8
Individual Price $325.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

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