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atoyf
05-14-2006, 4:59 PM
Hello,

can anyone recommend any handgun school(s)/class(es) for begginers?

johnny_22
05-14-2006, 6:18 PM
If you have never owned a gun, and are somewhat gun shy, I recommend the First Step class from Bill Tidwell. Take a look at his web site:

http://train2besafe.com/

If you have grown up around guns, and want the next step, the Basic Pistol class from Bay Profs is great:

www.bayprofs.com

I have taken both, and they take differennt approaches to revolver and pistol shooting.

atoyf
05-14-2006, 6:50 PM
good stuff, thanks!

ryang
05-15-2006, 7:37 AM
Don't forget Walt's pistol courses taught at Reed's. He offers both a one-day and two-day course.

ryang
05-15-2006, 11:30 AM
Several ranges (at least Reed's) have advanced classes. For the occasional shooter who nearly only does slowfire target shooting at the range, they are of limited value. Also, to take the class and get value out of it, you need to already have considerable experience, otherwise it is wasted.I disagree with these two statements.

Practicing single head shots is slow fire target shooting. Adding the class stress of "making it count" is a benefit. So is the safe weapons handling. After two days of semi-intense weapons handling you are going to become a safer shooter regardless of what kind of shooting you do. Then there's the practical instruction on clearing jams, proper grip technique, etc.

As a person who shot recreationally for over two decades I learned and refined my shooting skills at Walt's class. My wife, who spent less than ten hours at the range prior to taking the same class, got much more out of it than I did simply because she had more to learn.

acegunnr
05-15-2006, 11:43 AM
Good group of guys and gals teaching at Bayprofs:

http://www.bayprofs.com/

Two thumbs up!

rkt88edmo
05-15-2006, 12:37 PM
That is interesting. The material taught in First Steps should be identical to that of Basic Pistol, as the FS class is a subset of the BP curriculum.


If you have never owned a gun, and are somewhat gun shy, I recommend the First Step class from Bill Tidwell. Take a look at his web site:

http://train2besafe.com/

If you have grown up around guns, and want the next step, the Basic Pistol class from Bay Profs is great:

www.bayprofs.com

I have taken both, and they take differennt approaches to revolver and pistol shooting.

blkA4alb
05-15-2006, 2:31 PM
Another option is is Bullseye Range in San Rafael. Thats where I go to shoot handgun twice a week. I've never taken a class there and they don't offer much but here is the link. Nice guys when you get to know them. http://bullseyerange.com/courses.htm

Eljay
05-16-2006, 8:28 PM
I'd never touched a handgun before when I took the bayprofs course and found it to be ideal for that level of knowledge (or lack thereof).