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HANDGUN II: The semi-automatic

Prerequisite: HANDGUN I or permission of instructor​       

Lead Instructor/Chief Range Safety Officer:  John P Michaels

Additional Instructor/Range Safety Officer: Laura Michaels


Cost:  $150 with FREE repeats

Maximum Class Size:  16

$20 rebate for purchasing both Handgun I and Handgun II at the same time



Morning is "classroom" including hands-on work using dummy ammunition


  • Gun Safety—foremost and always!

  • Handgun knowledge—the semi-automatic

  • Ammunition for the semi-automatic

  • Gripping the semi-automatic correctly

  • Loading magazines

  • Loading the semi-automatic (from holster) and racking slide properly

  • Holstering correctly and safely

  • Presentation (draw stroke) from holster

  • Changing magazines (reloading) the semi-automatic (5 types of mag changes)

  • Reholstering correctly and safely

  • Clearing stoppages and malfunctions (4 ways to clear 3 types of malfunctions)


Afternoon is range live fire:


  • Trigger control and reset  

  • Checking for any additional threats

  • Shooting single and multiple targets

  • Introduction to "Move and Shoot"

  • Informal "competition" emphasizing accuracy


You will need:


  • Reliable semi-auto, with at least 3 magazines--more if single stack magazines

  • Belt or "paddle" holster (Blackhawk "Serpa" and similar holsters prohibited!)

  • Sturdy belt--preferably 1 1/2" wide

  • Double magazine pouch or two single magazine pouches 

  • 150 rounds reliable ammunition

  • Eye protection and Ear protection (muff type is best)

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Cap, sunscreen, and insect repellant depending on weather and season

  • We have put some recommendations of the above items in our recommendations page in "The Vault" under "Resources"

  • If you don't yet have a pistol and gear, just borrow ours for free



It is unfortunate, but there is a lot of variability in reliability among semi-automatic handguns.  Glock is the "gold standard" in reliability, with the Smith and Wesson M&P line, Sig, and Springfield XD models also having excellent reliability reputations.  Recommendations:  Glock or Smith and Wesson M&P.


  • For holsters, Safariland offerings are particularly good:  ALS #6378, GLS models, and #5198 are all excellent choices and reasonably priced.

  • For magazine pouches, the Safariland model 71 (single pouch) accommodates almost all magazines, and, again, very reasonably priced.


  • Approximately 8 hours

  • Prerequisite:  HANDGUN I or permission from the instructor

  • Background checks will be done on all registrants.

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