Handgun


Handgun Courses:

 

Handgun Classes at Weaponcraft (Please Read)

Weaponcraft bases all handgun courses on the application of the seven fundamentals of shooting. HG01 is designed to teach new shooters these fundamentals with particular focus on safety, marksmanship and manipulation. Every class beyond HG01 is still based upon the same seven fundamentals; the difference is that speed (while maintaining accuracy and safety), movement, problem solving and a combat mindset are added at each level to build upon students’ prior knowledge and improve their abilities to survive, prevail and protect their loved ones. The handgun course catalog shown below is listed in what might be the optimal order for mastery. Courses are built as learning and training segments and after HG01, students can take HG1.5, Essential Handgun Skills or may move directly into Basic Concealed Carry. The order of training is not set in stone and courses are structured so that repetition of any course is encouraged as another training evolution that will further cement one’s skill set. Please also check out Force On Force courses (Click Here) for more very relevant handgun course options!

 

 

HANDGUN MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING

Many new gun owners have no idea how to perform even the most basic cleaning and maintenance on their handguns in a safe manner. This hands on class will teach you how to disassemble, clean, lubricate, reassemble and perform a function check. All participants are required to bring their own handgun and supplies needed for routine cleaning. If you don’t have your cleaning equipment already, we will have cleaning kits for purchase at registration or at the class. Each person must have the owner’s manual for the handgun brought to class so the particular cleaning and maintenance can be verified for each handgun. If you cannot find a manual, most manufactures have copies available for download on their websites which can be printed and brought to class.

Equipment Needed

  • Pistol or Revolver
  • Operator’s manual
  • Cleaning kit (available on the day of class or at registration)

Cost: $20/student ($45 with cleaning kit)
Duration: 2 hours

 

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HG01: Handgun 1

HG01 is designed to teach new shooters the fundamentals of safety, marksmanship and manipulation of the magazine-fed pistol or revolver. Through dry-fire weapons manipulation and a progressive course of fire, students gain the confidence to not only safely handle a handgun, but to begin the process of learning to operate their weapon system in a proficient manner. This course prepares students to not only shoot safely and correctly on the range, but also creates the fundamental base needed to take their defensive or sport shooting to the next level. This course meets (exceeds) the training course requirements set forth by the State of Maine to apply for a Maine Concealed Firearms Permit.

This course is taught in two segments; a “Part A” group classroom portion that includes both lecture and hands-on dry-fire manipulation drills; and a “Part B” live-fire session with our professional instructors. After taking both parts of Handgun 1, the next logical step for most people is to take PCC1: Practical Concealed Carry; or HG02: Essential Handgun Skills (2 Day). If you find yourself needing a little more work on the very basic fundamentals before getting into concealed carry training, HG1.5 may be the better “next step”.

Only Part A is required by the State of Maine to apply for a Maine Concealed Firearms Permit. Weaponcraft does not recommend taking a basic training class that does not include live-fire instruction. Parts A & B are recommended for all students and HG01 in it’s entirety meets and exceeds the training course requirements set forth by the States of Maine and Florida for concealed firearms permits. Three hour (200 rounds) Part B live-fire training is offered for $120 (including range fee). Full-day (8hr) HG01 classes are also offered April through late November for those looking for the full experience of classroom and range in one day. The cost for this option is $200 (save $40).

 

We also offer private training at our facility to both members and the general public. Cost for private training sessions, including range fees and any guns/gear you may need is $100/hr.

How it works:
Sign up on-line for HG01 Part A via the link below. When offered, you can also choose to combine Parts A and B in a full day HG01  (saves $40) or sign up for Part B separately. We can provide handguns/gear/ammunition as well, see the options menu on the registration form. If you choose the combination option, simply schedule a time on our indoor pistol range with one of our professional trainers for your live-fire training session after completing the classroom session. Weaponcraft will continue to teach HG01 for your private group of friends or co-workers in an outdoor day of classroom and range upon request. Handgun 1 (or an approved equivalent taken elsewhere) is a pre-requisite to take any of our Concealed Carry Courses.

 

Topics 

  • Firearm Rules/Life Safety Brief
  • Combat Mindset
  • Maine State Law Review
  • Weapon Manipulation Skills
  • Intro to Gear Selection
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Administrative, Speed and Tactical Reloads
  • Intro to Malfunction Clearing

 

Equipment Needed:

  • Magazine-fed Pistol (.380, 9mm, .40SW or .45ACP) or similar caliber revolver
  • 2 or 3 magazines or speed loaders (belt-mounted pouches for magazines or speed loaders recommended)
  • Belt-mounted holster (no shoulder or cross-draw rigs)
  • 150 rounds minimum (Part B)
  • Eye protection (Part B)
  • Ear protection- electronic preferred but not required.(Part B)
  • Sturdy belt (Sturdy belt = Thick leather, cordura-nylon or scuba webbing. Belts made of woven string, concha buckles, cloth etc will
    make for a less than stellar experience for you)
  • Lunch/Snack
  • Water
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Note-taking materials as needed

 

Cost Part A: $120
Cost Part B: $120 plus ammo
Full-day HG01 (8 hrs A&B together offered April-Dec) $200
Duration: Part A 4hrs, Part B 3hrs
Round Count: 150 rounds (Part B)

 

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HG1.5 Handgun 1.5

Handgun marksmanship and manipulation are perishable skills. This 2 hour course is designed to reinforce the basics and/or assist existing Weaponcraft students or range members in maintaining and improving their existing skill level through professional instruction and a progressive course of fire. This course is open to anyone who has taken our HG01 handgun course or an equivalent. This class is taught as a private or semi-private (1:1 or 2:1) on our indoor range and is built around the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and manipulation. Students register via the registration link (below) and then call to book the day/time that is convenient. An understanding of basic weapons manipulation and safety is required prior to enrolling in the course. Revolvers are allowed in this course.

Topics 

  • Firearm Rules/Safety Brief
  • Combat Mindset
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship Drills
  • Gear Selection/Placement
  • Intro to Drawing From the Holster
  • Administrative, Speed and Tactical Reloads
  • Review/Practice in Malfunction Clearing
  • Defensive Shooting Drills
  • Speed vs. Accuracy Drills

 

Equipment Needed

  • Pistol or Revolver (.38 or greater)
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders with belt mounted pouches
  • Belt-mounted holster IWB or OWB (no shoulder or cross-draw rigs)
  • 150 rounds minimum
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred but not required)
  • Sturdy belt
  • Lunch/Snack
  • Water
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear

 

Cost: $125
Range Members $85

Round Count: 150 rounds
Duration: 2 hours

 

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HG02: Essential Handgun Skills (2 Day) 

Essential Handgun Skills (2-Day) is designed to take a student who has a moderate level of marksmanship and manipulation skills and expand on those skills through an expansive multi day course of fire. Students will find themselves shooting on the move, around barricades and from multiple different positions. During the course, students will find themselves having multiple things asked of them on any given shooting drill to add a level of stress to the training. The goal of this course is to push experienced shooters out of their comfort zone and to add some new tools to the toolbox in a multi-day format. Students should expect a minimum round count of 800 rounds. This course is more physically demanding than HG01 and students must be capable of movement on the range in a safe manner. Speed in movement is not a requirement, students can move at a pace that suits their fitness; but students’ general aerobic health and ability to move about the range and shoot from a variety of positions is critical for student safety.
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Topics

  • Firearm Rules/Life Safety Brief
  • Combat Mindset discussion
  • Gear Selection/Placement
  • Fundamental Marksmanship Skill Drills
  • Review Malfunctions Clearing
  • Speed vs. Accuracy Drills
  • Multiple Target Engagement
  • Barricade Shooting and Alternative Shooting Positions
  • Shooting On the Move
  • Lethality Discussion
  • Tourniquets and Self-aid
  • One-Handed Weapons Manipulation
  • One-Handed Weapon Malfunction Clearing
  • One-Handed Fundamental Marksmanship Skill Drills

 

Equipment Needed

  • Magazine-fed Pistol (.380, 9mm, .40SW or .45ACP)
  • 3 magazines with belt mounted pouches
  • Belt-mounted Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) or Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Concealment Holster (no shoulder or cross-draw rigs)
  • 800 rounds minimum
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred)
  • Sturdy belt
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear that allows for athletic movement

 

Cost: $400

Round Count: 800 rounds

 

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PCC 1: Practical Concealed Carry 1

Practical Concealed Carry “PCC 1” is a one day course designed to introduce students to the ever-evolving and challenging world of carrying a concealed pistol for defensive purposes. Everyone is different in their lifestyle, clothing requirements, body type etc. This course is designed to build upon the skills learned in our basic class by applying the fundamentals of marksmanship and manipulation in a more dynamic setting, focusing on applying those skills to begin creating a foundation for students to build upon while developing a skill set that is tailored to each individual shooter.

Practical Concealed Carry 1 gives the student the basic knowledge needed to begin to carry a concealed pistol and will stress the proper mechanics in every aspect of concealed carry from holster selection to drawing and firing accurately. This class has no traditional classroom portion; instruction will be given on the range and is much more interactive than Handgun 1. Correctly executed repetitions of basic movements are stressed for the continuation of student learning beyond the class.

When students leave the range for the day, they will have been exposed to numerous different shooting situations and will understand how to “have a plan” for real world situations.

PCC courses are somewhat more physically demanding than HG01 and students must be capable of movement on the range in a safe manner. Speed in movement is not important, students will move at a safe pace that suits their fitness and safe skill set. Students’ general aerobic health and ability to move about the range and shoot from a variety of positions is critical for student safety.

Topics 

  • Firearm Rules/Life Safety Brief
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Every-Day-Carry (EDC) Options
  • Dressing for Concealed Carry
  • Holster & Gear Selection/Placement
  • Drawing From Concealment (and learning how to become proficient!)
  • Review of Admin, Speed and Tactical Reloads
  • Malfunction Clearing
  • Wound Ballistics/Lethality
  • Situational Shooting
  • Shooting In and Around Vehicles
  • Defensive Shooting Aftermath: What Happens Next?

 

Equipment Needed

  • Magazine-fed Pistol (.380, 9mm, .40SW or .45ACP)
  • 3 magazines with one belt mounted pouch (think “more mags” if magazines are single stack/ less than 10rd capacity)
  • Belt-mounted Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) or Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Concealment Holster (no shoulder or cross-draw rigs)
  • Several situational pieces of clothing that will conceal your firearm
  • 500 rounds minimum
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred)
  • Sturdy belt
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear that allows for athletic movement.

 

Cost: $200

Round Count: 500 rounds

 

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PCC 2: Practical Concealed Carry 2 

Practical Concealed Carry 2 is a one day class that will build upon the fundamental skills taught in Basic Concealed Carry as well as Practical Concealed Carry 1. The class goal is to sharpen these skills, increase proficiency and introduce single-handed manipulations such as those that might be required when injured or when the situation requires shooting with the non-standard shooting hand. This class is unlike any other concealed carry course Weaponcraft offers in that it will test student abilities and further underscore the need to “have a plan” in a defensive handgun situation.
Topics

  • Firearms/Life Safety Brief
  • Pistol Manipulations
  • Alternative Shooting Positions
  • One-handed Manipulations/Shooting
  • Enhanced Situational Shooting
  • Shooting In and Around Vehicles
  • Surviving A Lethal Encounter

 

 

Equipment Needed

  • Magazine-fed Pistol (.380, 9mm, .40SW or .45ACP)
  • Minimum of 3 magazines
  • Belt-mounted IWB/AIWB/OWB holster
  • Situational clothing that will conceal your firearm
  • Handbag, backpack or other off-body concealed carry item you might consider using
  • 500 rounds minimum
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred but not required)
  • Sturdy belt
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe footwear. (No Sandals/Flip-flops)

 

Cost: $200

Round Count: 500 rounds

 

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HGLL Handgun, Low Light 

Weaponcraft’s Low Light/No Light handgun course builds upon skills learned in the HG01 course. Seventy-five percent of all defensive shootings take place in a low light setting. This course will give students the skills, tactics and knowledge to operate in a dynamic and realistic environment. Students will learn the importance of movement once the threat has been illuminated and identified by a flashlight or through ambient light. The light should be an asset not a liability.

Topics will include: principles of low light tactics, multiple flashlight handgun techniques, anatomy of the eye, equipment, light characteristics and flashlight applications. Students will learn to engage a variety of targets in a multi-stage stress course.

 

Prerequisites: HG01 or approved equivalent.

Topics 

  • Firearm Rules/Life Safety Brief
  • Combat Mindset
  • Anatomy of the Eye
  • Low Light Weapons Manipulation
  • Light Characteristics, Applications,Selection
  • Gear Selection/Placement
  • Flashlight Techniques
  • Low Light Malfunction Clearing
  • Low Light Combat Shooting
  • Live-fire Exercises

 

Equipment Needed

  • Magazine-fed Pistol (.380, 9mm, .40SW or .45ACP)
  • 3 magazines with belt-mounted pouches for two magazines
  • Weapon-mounted or hand-held flashlight
  • Secondary light recommended
  • Spare batteries
  • Belt-mounted holster (no shoulder or cross-draw rigs)
  • 250 rounds minimum
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred but not required)
  • Sturdy belt
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear that allows for athletic movement.

 

Round Count: 250 rounds

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