The Introduction to Handgun course is a 4-hour period of instruction conducted entirely on a live-fire shooting range and is specifically designed for people who have limited to no experience operating modern handguns.
The Introduction to Handgun course is an excellent next step after completing your Concealed Handgun Safety Training. Though not required, we have found it is helpful to students if they have taken the Concealed Handgun Safety Training prior to this course.
We focus heavily on building each shooter’s confidence level by thoroughly explaining each skill we are teaching. This class runs at a slower pace, and class sizes are much smaller to give each shooter more one-on-one time with instructors. The primary focus of this course is to patiently assist new shooters while they are getting comfortable and learning to operate their firearms safely in a non-intimidating environment that is conducive to asking and answering questions.
Introduction to Handgun course on its own will not work to obtain your Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL), however, it is a great course to take in addition to your Concealed Handgun Safety Training, and to build the skills you need to be prepared to use a firearm safely and on your own.
If you are new to firearms, it is highly recommended to take this course a couple of times to build the proficiency and confidence necessary to advance to the Defensive Handgun Tactics 1 course.
If you do not currently own a handgun, we have handgun rentals that include ammunition as an option you can select when signing up for this course. We recommend if you do not own a handgun to take the course using one of our rentals. This will assist new shooters in learning what they need and want out of a firearm before they make a purchase.
– 50 rounds of ammunition* (ammunition can be purchased from any local gun shop or sporting good retailer)
– Electronic ear protection and eye protection*
– Weather appropriate attire (closed-toed shoes, no low cut shirts)
– Sunscreen (weather dependent)
– Hat with visor
– Snacks and drinks
*Rental equipment (firearm/ammunition/protection) is available for an additional fee and with advanced notice.
All firearms brought to this course must be unloaded and in a case or holster upon arrival. All firearms will remain in their case or holster until specifically directed to be taken out under the guidance of a DFI instructor.