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Tips on Finding a Handgun Safety Course

Author: Daniel Bobbitt
by Daniel Bobbitt
Posted: Sep 27, 2018

Whether you’re an experienced marksman or if this is your first time owning a gun, a safety course will usually teach you some important principles and techniques. Not only will these techniques allow you to use your firearm in a safe manner, but it will likely increase your overall accuracy and proficiency. Before you go signing up for the first handgun safety course you come across in the newspaper or online, you should read what I’m about to tell you.

The bottom line is that all handgun safety courses are different, and while one of them may focus on basic principles, others may offer more advanced shooting techniques. In order to get the most benefit from the time and money invested into a handgun safety course, you need to make sure that you choose the one right for you; otherwise; you could be walking away with no new knowledge or skills from your experience.

Approved vs Non-Approved

Some states require handgun owners to complete an approved safety course before they’re granted a license to carry. If you live in one of these states are seeking to take course for this reason, you have to be sure that it’s one of the approved courses. Typically, you can find this information by contacting either your state’s policing authority or the respective handgun safety course.

Hands-On Training

I always find it a little bit silly when I hear of handgun safety courses that don’t allow students to access or fire their weapons. After all, the entire point of participating in a safety course is to familiarize yourself with how to safely fire and use your weapon. For this reason, I recommend that you only choose a safety course that allows you to take your weapon with you. Depending on the skill level of the instructors, they will likely be able to offer you some helpful tips on holding, firing and even cleaning your handgun.


The length of handgun safety courses will vary greatly with some lasting only a couple hours and other lasting an entire weekend. As you can expect, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both short and long courses. If you feel that you need extra training, then I recommend looking for a safety course that lasts multiple days. On the other hand, if you’re simply looking to get approved for a carry permit in your state, then a short safety course will suffice.

About the Author

Adam Robinson is a content marketer. A writer by day and a reader by night, he is loathe to discuss himself in the third person, but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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