Pistol 101 Classes

Thank you for your interest in firearms training. Karl with Make Ready! brings over 30 years of experience with firearms to his instruction. His background includes the U.S. Army and a career as a federal law enforcement agent (retired). Karl has been a certified Firearms Instructor since 2010. Pistol 101 is held the last Saturday of the month without a holiday or club event. Private lessons and separate Range Coaching are also available.

Pistol 101!

Pistol 101 includes:

•       3 hours of classroom instruction and 2 hours of coached live fire range.

•       Multimedia classroom session includes hands-on practical exercises.

Pistol 101 students will learn:

•        Rules for safe gun handling.

•        Understanding of both semi-auto and revolver handguns.

•        Hands on practice to safely load, fire, and unload revolvers and semi-autos.

•        The fundamentals of pistol shooting with coached live fire on the range.

•        Ammunition components and identifying and clearing malfunctions.

•        Cleaning and storage of your firearms, and more.

Pistol 101 is perfect for beginners even if you have never shot before. It is also good for self-taught intermediate shooters who will benefit from professional instruction. Pistol 101 is great for couples of mixed skill levels that are sharing a handgun for home defense. Students can bring their own firearm and ammunition. If you don’t have a firearm yet, no problem. Email Karl for more information.

Pistol 101 is open to the public. Club membership and Range Safety Orientation is not required. 

When/Where: 1 pm on the last Saturday of the month at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club.

Cost: $125.00

Advanced registration is required. There is no need to stop by the club to register and pay. Contact Karl for registration and payment information.

RANGE READY Private Instruction

Range Ready private instruction is another training option. In-home Range Ready classes are tailored to your specific firearm(s). Or, if you have not made a purchase yet, I can provide several examples for you to handle from micro-compact through full size duty guns. A Range Ready class takes between two to three hours and covers gun safety rules, firearm handling and operation, fundamentals of pistol shooting to include stance, grip, sights, and trigger control. You will have the opportunity to practice with “dummy rounds” and training concludes with hands-on disassembly and cleaning procedures for your firearm. Live fire range coaching options can also be scheduled in conjunction with Range Ready or as a stand-alone training session. Email Karl for further information and pricing.

If you have other training needs let me know and we can discuss a possible solution. Concealed carry considerations, home defense shotgun or carbine orientation, as well as other NRA certified courses are available. 


Email: karl@make-ready.us (preferred)

Phone: 253-200-5197 (text ok)

Make Ready! online: www.make-ready.us

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