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Defensive Handgun 1 will introduce you to the foundational concepts of owning, carrying, and shooting a pistol or revolver in self defense. If you have just bought your first handgun, are interested in owning one, or are interested in stepping off on your journey in tactical firearm training, this is an exciting opportunity to get started in a thorough, detailed, and beginner friendly manner.


Firearm Safety and Self Defense


As with most all of our classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, a suitable donation amount is anything between $50 and $250 per person. For the 2021-2022 school year, I have updated the website to accept credit card payments directly to decrease confusion, no-shows, and administrative workload.

Ammo for this class is separate from tuition, and if you need us to supply ammo, you will pay market rate for a nominal 100 rounds planned in this curriculum. If you have questions, you can contact Brian at, or call 408-892-5460.


9am to 7pm or whenever we finish.

We can only teach the class at the student’s pace. Therefore we cannot give you an exact end time. If you wish to attend this class, you must stay until we end so that we may debrief, turn in borrowed equipment, and clean up.

Clear your schedule, and expect to be in class for the entire day. Students leaving early is a huge distraction, and it wastes time for me and everyone else. It is not fair, and will not be tolerated. If you don’t plan on being here for the whole of the class, including cleanup, don’t sign up.


Valley of Orion, in the vicinity of Mount Hamilton and San Antonio Valley. 1 hours east of San Jose, 1 hour south from Livermore. Detailed directions will be emailed to those who sign up.


Strengths and weaknesses of handguns
Brief overview of pertinent laws
Drawing safely from the holster
Loading and unloading procedures
Flinch, anticipation, and dry practice techniques
Handgun wound ballistics and human anatomy
The science of ammunition and hollowpoints
Fundamentals of breathing, aiming, and trigger press
Basic two handed shooting technique
Choosing equipment and accessories
Rapid fire and recoil control

Required Equipment:

Pen and paper
Sturdy belt attached to your pants
Pistol or revolver
Holster which is molded for your gun and attached to your clothing
100 rounds of ammo
2+ magazines
Snacks and lunch
Sturdy shoes
Sturdy outdoor clothing (We train rain or shine)
Eye protection
Ear protection

We can supply you with a handgun and holster. You must choose the corresponding option during checkout, and add a note to the comment field if you are right or left handed. There is no charge for this.

You can bring your own ammo or use ours, but you must specify when checking out.

Recommended equipment: 

Gun cleaning kit and lubricant
Extra jackets and warm clothing
Folding chair


Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or

Additional information


Saturday September 4th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday November 6th, 2021 at 9am


I need equipment (specify in order notes), I have all my own equipment


I need ammo, I will supply my own ammo