Basic Defensive Handgun

Instructor firing pistolMaybe you’re planning on getting your SC Concealed Weapons Permit, or you already have one and you realize you need more training to safely and effectively carry. With a combination of two hours of classroom and six hours of range time, you will come away grounded in the basics of defensively carrying a handgun. The total cost for this course is $250.00. To register click here.

In our eight hour class, you will learn:

  • Safely Carrying A Handgun
  • Sight Alignment & Adjustment
  • Reloading
  • Malfunctions You Can Expect & How To Clear Them
  • Threat Identification & Engagement

And more!

The benefits you’ll take away from this course:

  • You’ll Know Your Gun’s Sights Are “On”
  • You’ll Understand The Defensive Capabilities & Limitations Of Your Gun
  • You’ll Know How To Clear Malfunctions
  • You’ll Know How To Reload Your Gun

Students will be required to bring the following to class:

  • Cased, UNLOADED centerfire double action revolver or a semiautomatic pistol
  • Minimum of 3 (three) Magazines (Speedloaders for Revolvers) and pouches to carry 2 reloads on your person
  • 300 (three hundred) rounds of ammunition for the handgun that will be used in class
  • Strong side holster for the handgun to be used in class. (Can be inside the waistband or outside the waistband. No ankle, crossdraw, or shoulder holsters will be allowed.)
  • Hearing protection, either earplugs or earmuff style
  • Ballistic eyewear (Inexpensive and can be found at sporting goods counters)
  • Baseball cap or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather. (Range is outdoors, and we shoot regardless of weather, safety permitting.)

The classroom and range are not within reasonable driving distance of restaurants. Bring a lunch.


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Classes are held at the SkipJ Range facility, 605 Murphy Road, Anderson, SC 29626.

Questions? Contact Us.

Need a different class date? Have a special need? We may be able to accommodate you. If you have anywhere from eight to twelve students interested in a class, schedules permitting, we can travel to homes or different ranges and conduct courses on dates convenient for you. Email or call us at (864) 617-4743 for more information.


Any person who has any form of legal impediment from owning, possessing, or being around firearms is not allowed to take part in the class or be present on the range. This includes anyone whose convictions are included in The Lautenberg Amendment, which states:
GUN BAN FOR INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) Which states: Qualifying Offenses: As enacted the statute defines “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” (MCDV) as any state or federal misdemeanor that –
“has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.”