First Steps Shooting and Safety

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First Steps Shooting and Safety

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Handgun Training for New Firearm Owners


This course consists of six and a half hours of handgun training and will cover the safe use of firearms, gun handling, range conduct, firing, legal aspects, and home safety. The training will benefit the new firearms owner as well as the person interested in renewing his/her skills in recreational shooting and home safety.

Training is conducted by recognized firearms instructors with Law Enforcement and public firearms training backgrounds. The training is given in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. At the conclusion of the class, you may elect to stay and receive your Firearms Safety Certificate for an additional cost of $25.00. This certificate is required in the State of California to purchase a handgun.

Class: First Steps Shooting and Safety

Cost: $150

Length: 6.5

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Open Mind and readiness to learn.

Required Gear:

  • Handgun, if you own one otherwise rent ours!
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Sensible footwear - no open toe or open heel
  • 50 rounds ammunition - if borrowing our handgun, you will need to purchase our ammunition as well

Age Requirement: None

Class Availability


Age Requirements

16 to 17 years old can take the course unaccompanied. (Parent or guardian must be onsite, guardian or parental waiver signed, but they do not need to be in the same course or on the same range.) Minimum age is 11 if taking the course with a parent or guardian. The parent MUST have taken this exact course before, work with the child during the entire course, and be responsible for only one child.

Cancellation Policy

Poway Weapons and Gear Range reserves the right to cancel any event. In the event of cancellation by PWG, participants will have the option of being move to the next scheduled event or receive a full refund of registration fee. Poway Weapons and Gear Range is not responsible for any other expenses or possible damages incurred.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations must be received 5 business days prior to the training event in order to qualify for a refund.
  • Cancellations received 5 Business days or more in advance of the scheduled class will received a full refund.
  • Cancellation of class reservation less than 5 Business days before the scheduled and prior to the start of the class will result in store credit or scheduling into a future class
  • Students are eligible to reschedule to another class until the beginning of the class they are scheduled to attend.
  • Failure to attend the class (no-show), without making prior arrangements with training staff, will result in forfeiting the entire registration fee.
  • We understand mitigating circumstance can affect attendance. Each circumstance will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • These above policies apply to all Poway Weapons and Gear Training Events unless otherwise noted in the corresponding training materials

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