After establishing your broad foundation in Introduction to Armed Self Defense, continue here to deep dive into the knowledge and technique of handgun mastery.

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Those who have much to lose and much to protect, those who are peaceful by nature but recognize the certainty of human conflict, come and learn. You are welcome here. Fueled by love and tempered with discipline, honed to a razors edge by repetition and attention to detail, you are the sheepdog, the warrior scholar.

This is an introductory level class on handguns in the context of self-defense. It is a primer to the attitudes, assumptions, and skills you may need in time of violent crisis. While in no way can a one day class be comprehensive for the vast subject of self-defense, it is an affordable, safe, and gently paced opportunity for the new shooter to learn, ask questions, and make mistakes in a guided and safe environment free from prejudice and elitism. In this class we strive for an even balance of 50% education, discussion, and thought. The remaining 50% is hands on training that starts with a calm tempo and concludes with high intensity defensive handgun exercises.

You do not need to own your own firearm, we are happy to provide equipment to you free of charge. Similarly, if you need ammunition, we can help you to source it. You do not need to know how to shoot before you come to this class, we will teach you.


I expect that you know the material from Firearm Safety and Self Defense. Before you take this class, you should be competent in use of force doctrine, the assumptions and mindset of self defense, and safe loading and unloading procedures for a handgun. You may take this class out of sequence only if you sign up for both this class, and Firearm Safety and Self Defense. NRA basic pistol or first steps pistol are not a sufficient substitutes.


33 miles east of downtown San Jose, 40 miles south of downtown Livermore. We will email you detailed driving instructions when you register.

We will discuss and train on these topics:

Universal principles of gun safety

The role of the personal firearm in modern society

Understanding human conflict

Defining the framework of self-defense

Introduction to the modern pistol and revolver

Human anatomy and the need for surgical precision

Proper selection of self-defense ammunition

Slow, meticulous, efficient weapon manipulation

Fundamentals of marksmanship

Non-diagnostic clearance of simple malfunctions

Smooth, efficient, fast presentation from ready positions

Slow, consistent, safe use of the holster

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 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 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

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

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

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

Additional information

Class Date

Sunday 12/20/2020, Sunday 1/17/2021