Level 1: Intro to Handguns
Our most popular program since 2002
*Please sign up online through the registration links below*
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.
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. This class is also a pre-requisite for our other Level 1 Handgun classes.
If you do not already own a handgun or cannot find ammo, we have a limited amount of loaner guns available and we also have an option to provide 9mm ammo for you to use your own gun in class. Please select the appropriate option when checking out.
Handgun Selection 5pm-6pm after class (Pre-pay when registering or bring $20 cash): Students who are considering purchasing their own handgun are encouraged to participate in the handgun selection portion of this class. When the class 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, just stay for an extra hour at the end of the class. 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 confirming 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). Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. as class start promptly at 10:00 a.m., and will run until approximately 5:00 p.m. FAS is located approximately 2 1/4 hours south of downtown Seattle and 1 3/4 hours north of Portland. Please give yourself a little extra time in case you make a wrong turn and arriving early is always appreciated. Print and bring the map sent with your confirmation letter as cell service is lost shortly after getting off the freeway.
Pre-enrollment is strictly required: It is not okay to just show up. You must pre-register. Links to register for each class date are below. The classes fill very quickly so we recommend registering well in advance. Confirmation information will be sent to you by e-mail, including a map to our location along with any other information you need before attending class.
- 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.
What to bring:
Students should bring their own good quality handgun in a secure carrying case and 50 rounds of full metal jacketed (FMJ) factory ammunition (Brass cased is preferred but steel or aluminum cased ammunition is acceptable for this class). Unless the student has a license to carry a concealed handgun, the gun must be transported unloaded in a case or other opaque, secure container, out of their immediate reach while in their car. Student should also bring wrap-around eye protection, hearing protection, and a brimmed ball cap, as well as their lunch, beverages, and note taking material.
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