Can I bring my own pistol to class?
Absolutely! We ask that you bring your pistol on the second day ONLY, properly boxed and unloaded. Bring 25 to 50 rounds of your own ammunition in the proper caliber for your pistol. Students generally have a chance to shoot their own pistols toward the end of class.
How many students are in your Basic Pistol Classes?
To provide you the best hands-on instruction possible, we limit each instructor to two students. Our class sizes may range from 6-14 students.
How should I dress for class?
Dress appropriately for weather and safety. Wear comfortable "range clothes.” Low cut shirts are discouraged and proper footwear (no sandals, open-toed shoes, or flip flops) are required at all ranges.
I don't have a Concealed Carry Permit. Should I get one before class?
It is NOT necessary to have your Concealed Carry Permit prior to class.
I don't own a pistol. Should I buy one before class?
NO! There are so many options out there, how can you possibly choose one? In class, we will discuss each student's particular objective in choosing a firearm (i.e., conceal carry, sport, target practice, etc.).
On range day, we will give you the opportunity to shoot a variety of handguns in a variety of calibers, which will help provide you with some direction on selecting your own firearm.
Is it normal to feel nervous before learning to shoot a pistol?
Truthfully, probably. But that's expected! Our instructors' main goal is to provide a safe environment for students to comfortably and confidently operate a firearm under the watchful eye of an instructor. We will be with you every step of the way, providing instruction and feedback on each shot that is taken.
Is this a Concealed Carry Class?
No! Our classes may lightly touch on the topic of concealed carry, but we definitely don't teach enough on the subject to be considered a Concealed Carry Class. If you're interested in Concealed Carry, we suggest you check out Legal Heat. They have classes monthly at the Puyallup, WA Sportsman's Warehouse and are highly recommended!
I've taken a class. Now what?
Now you practice, practice, practice. Don't let this hard-earned skill that you've worked so hard for deteriorate! We provide you with opportunities to continue to hone your new skill through A Girl and A Gun Shooting League, with instructors present.
What is the age requirement to take one of your classes?
Students should be 15 years of age and older and in the company of an adult student also in the class who is over 18 years of age.
What should I bring to class?
Absolutely nothing is required! We provide pens, a booklet following our Powerpoint presentation, and a pamphlet with important follow-up information. Bring a girlfriend and an excitement to learn!
What should I do when I arrive at class?
The first day is spent in the classroom at Sportsman's Warehouse. When you arrive at the store, follow the signs to the classroom location. We'll meet around 10am. Generally we start with introductions before diving right in. The lesson portion consists of a Powerpoint presentation with plenty of discussion, hands-on activities, videos, and more. We typically break for lunch by about noon. After lunch, we jump back in. Activities may vary, but typically include loading and unloading magazines, handling both revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, Laser target practice, and practicing both standing and benchrest positions. Expect to spend most of the day sitting, but we do try to get you up and out of your seats as often as possible, as well as stop for several short breaks throughout the day. We finish off the class with questions and answers, an exam where everyone gets 100%, and gift cards.
Where are classes held?
Classroom: Sportsman's Warehouse
120 31st Ave. SE, Suite G
Range: Upper Nisqually Sportsman's Club
39919 129th Ave. E.
Who are your classes for?
Our classes are for women who want to gain the knowledge and confidence to shoot safely and accurately. Our classes are great for all skill levels, from those who've never touched a pistol to those who shoot regularly but would like a refresher on the safety and fundamentals of shooting.