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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 gun, are interested in owning one, or are interested in stepping off on your journey in tactical firearm training, this is your opportunity to get started in a thorough, detailed, and beginner friendly manner.


I highly recommend you take Firearm Safety and Self Defense before taking this class.


To sign up, you will pay 1 cent. This is a symbolic gesture that signifies your commitment to attending, and binds us into the relationship of teacher and student. You can pay the tuition for this class as you see fit; Generally speaking any amount from $50 to $250 is acceptable. You send tuition via Venmo to Brian-Wang-11 or Paypal to Info@monarchdefense.org, or bring cash in person. We also take trades of labor, ammunition, etc. If you have questions about ammo availability and cost, or our class-by-donation system, call 408-892-5460.


One and a half hours east of downtown San Jose. We will email you detailed driving instructions before class. Easy 2 wheel drive access by paved county highway.


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
100 rounds of ammo
2+ magazines
Sturdy shoes
Sturdy outdoor clothing (We train rain or shine)
Eye protection
Ear protection

We can supply you with a rifle. Just add a note to the comment field when you are signing up that you need a set of gear. You can bring your own ammo or use ours. If you are using your own rifle, keep it simple. Bring whatever you have and we’ll make it work.

Recommended equipment: 

Gun cleaning kit and lubricant
Extra jackets and warm clothing
Folding chair
Sling is optional


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

We will discuss and train on these topics:



The path to continuing education

You will need:

1 gallon of water

Note taking material, pen and paper

Snacks or bag lunch

Closed-toe shoes

Clothing suitable for a outdoor activity. Dress as if you were going for an afternoon hike. We train rain or shine.

Eye protection: Sun glasses, safety glasses, or prescription glasses OK.

Ear protection: Electronic earmuffs optional. Complementary foam earplugs available.

Pistol or revolver: Generally speaking anything made for the purpose of self defense within the last century will be quite serviceable. .22 caliber pistols not recommended. If you would like to borrow a handgun, email to info@monarchdefense.org and we can prepare one for you at no additional charge.

2 or more magazines for semi automatic pistols, or 3 or more speed loaders for revolvers

100+ rounds of practice ammunition. If you would like us to provide ammo, call 408-892-5460 or email Brian at info@monarchdefense.org and bring cash/Venmo, etc.

Pants (skirt, dress, kilt etc.) that has belt loops

A sturdy, proper fitting belt attached to your pants

A holster that is specific to your gun, and holds it securely with the trigger covered. If you are not sure, contact us and we can loan you one or guide you through the purchase.

Pockets or pouches for your ammunition


A hat

Leather gloves for moving equipment and targets

Hand cleaning wipes

Gun cleaning kit and lubricant


Inclement weather clothing, we shoot rain or shine


Q: Is there an age limit?

A: Parental discretion and supervision required. Teenagers and up welcome. This is not a class well suited to younger children.

Q: I don’t have a holster, is that okay? A: You need to bring one or contact us in advance to borrow one.

Q: Can I use an inside the waistband holster?

A: Yes, and we recommend you train in “street” gear.

Q: Can I use appendix carry?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I wear body armor?

A: Yes.

Q: What calibers do you allow?

A: Any typical pistol caliber is acceptable, to include the less common 10mm, .44rem mag, 5.8x28mm, etc.

Q: Can I wear/shoot a backup gun?

A: Yes. You are welcome to use a second gun.

Q: My friend wants to attend, but he/she has never shot before. Can he/she come?

A: Yes, this is a perfect opportunity to for a first time shooter to learn the ropes.

Q: What can/can’t I bring to the event?

A: Do not consume any alcohol or mind altering substances before or during the shooting. Once we have finished and packed up you are welcome to crack open a cold one if you wish.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Yes, dogs are allowed on the facility, and there is shade and water where they can hang out, but be mindful of ticks.

Q: Can I gather my brass for reloading?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I shoot steel or aluminum cased ammunition such as Wolf, Tula, etc?

A: Yes.

Q: Are spectators welcome?
A: Yes.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with my questions?
A: Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Updated reschedule policy for 2020! Refunds are not accepted. 100% credit can be applied toward any future class, to be used within 1 calendar year, with a minimum of 1 hour notice before class starts, in writing, to info@monarchdefense.org.

Notes on equipment and California compliance:

Bring what you have, you’ll be fine. If it doesn’t work, I’ll loan you a set. If you don’t have gear, talk to me ahead of time and I’ll bring you a spare gun and gear. No extra charge. Standard capacity mags are welcome. You are responsible for understanding the law regarding transport, carry and ownership of firearms, but so long as you are safe on the range, what equipment you bring is inconsequential. More questions? Call Brian at 408-892-5460, or email to info@monarchdefense.org.

Be safe, and see you all soon on the range!

Additional information


Saturday March 13th 9am, Saturday May 1st 9am, Saturday July 3rd 9am, Saturday September 4th 9am, Saturday November 6th 9am