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07-27-2009, 12:34 PM
Hey, I was just wondering how hard the pistol test is because I'm thinking of purchasing my first pistol. I'm assuming it is easy and common sense. Tips?

07-27-2009, 12:37 PM
Its common sense, and easy. That's it.

Get a good night's sleep
Eat a good healthy breakfast
Study hard


07-27-2009, 12:45 PM
I walked in, and asked to take the test without any further reading or studying. It took me about 5 minutes to finish and I missed one question. If you fail it, tell us because you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun anyway! :p

07-27-2009, 12:51 PM
So easy, I don't know how people don't get 30/30

Here are some sample questions to help you:

1) you should point your gun at:

a) your foot
b) your face
c) your friends face
d) in a safe direction

2) Before firing your gun, make sure that :

a) the target and the background are clear and safe
b) you are in the middle of a crowded public space
c) your gun is pointed at your crotch
d) your gun is pointed at your friend's crotch

07-27-2009, 12:51 PM
awesome. Sounds like a cake walk. Thanks

07-27-2009, 12:53 PM
I failed...:(

...to get 30/30 :p

07-27-2009, 1:13 PM
It's basically a lot of 'common sense'. A free study guide is online somewhere, do a search on Google and you can find it.

07-27-2009, 1:54 PM
Best tip I gave my brother was to put his finger up against his jugular. If he felt a beat, then he's good to go.

Ugly Dwarf
07-27-2009, 1:56 PM
I forgot to bring my handgun paperwork recently when starting paperwork on a pistol, so I had to take the test on the spot. I was surprised at how basic it was. I can honestly say I wouldn't want people who couldn't pass to be able to buy a gun... at least until they learned enough to pass the test.

For those here who missed questions, I would guess that most of them misread the question or answer, rather than really understood what was being said and still answered the way they did. A couple of the questions have 'tricky' wording - don't rush and you'll do fine.

Almost to the extent stated by TZL, the answers are VERY common sense if you read and think.


07-27-2009, 2:31 PM
Read the guide for free.


It has sample questions after chapter that is very similar to actual test.

07-27-2009, 2:44 PM
btw can you purchase a pistol right away after taking the test or is there a waiting period?

07-27-2009, 2:47 PM
You can purchase the pistol the moment you pass the test. After that it's the standard 10 day waiting period.

07-27-2009, 3:37 PM
You can purchase the pistol the moment you pass the test. After that it's the standard 10 day waiting period.

And the 1 every 30 days waiting period.

07-27-2009, 3:37 PM
I know I missed an inter-family transfer question and a interstate question, but I still passed.

You should read it, just because sometimes not everyone has common sense.

No one should taken their rights away because they don't have common sense. :p

07-27-2009, 3:38 PM
And the 1 every 30 days waiting period, unless a PPT.

;) ..

07-27-2009, 3:42 PM
You can purchase the pistol the moment you pass the test. After that it's the standard 10 day waiting period.

good to know, now i don't have to pass up pistol deals in the classifieds b/c of the test wait... :)

07-27-2009, 3:48 PM
You also don't need to take the test if you have a valid exemption, some of those include:
X01 = Special Weapons Permit Holder
X02 = Operation of Law Representative
X03 = Handgun being returned to the owner
X13 = FFL collector with COE (curio and relic handguns only)
X21 = Military - Active Duty
X22 = Military - Reserve
X25 = Military - Honorably Retired
X31 = Peace Officer - California - Active
X32 = Peace Officer - Federal - Active
X33 = Peace Officer - California - Honorably Retired
X34 = Peace Officer - California - Reserve
X35 = Peace Officer - Federal - Honorably Retired
X41 = Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit Holder
X81 = P.O.S.T. 832 PC (Firearms) Training
X91 = Particular and Limited Authority Peace Officers
X95 = Law Enforcement Service Gun to Family Member

Just incase you might fall into one of those catagories, as I do. ;)

07-27-2009, 4:07 PM
The test is so easy. I didn't study and didn't miss any...

If you have a general knowledge of firearms safety you will not have any problems.

07-27-2009, 4:39 PM
I personally witnessed a guy miss about 10 questions. It was sad.

07-27-2009, 6:19 PM
If you fail, YOU FAIL...