Colorado Springs

Fort Collins

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

Since 2006, I've instructed classes for shooters of all levels on proper gun handling, safety, storage, and marksmanship techniques.

How Long is a Gun Safety Course?

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A gun safety course is an important component of responsible firearm ownership. The length of a gun safety course can vary depending on the type of certification required and other factors, such as local laws and regulations. Generally speaking, a basic firearms safety class lasts from three to four hours.

At Colorado Handgun Safety, we’re here to offer the gun owners of Colorado’s Front Range with a comprehensive gun education. That’s why we offer various gun safety courses tailored to the unique needs of our students. Our team of experienced firearms instructors provides the most up-to-date safety information and training in a live, interactive learning environment.

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Types of Gun Safety Classes

The most common gun safety class is a basic firearms safety course. This type of course typically covers the fundamentals of firearm safety, handling, and storage. It may also touch on topics such as proper trigger discipline, types of ammunition, and safe shooting techniques.

For example, if you’re new to handguns, the NRA Basic Pistol Course is a great introduction to the basics of handgun safety and operation. Other gun safety classes you might consider include:

How Long is a Basic Gun Safety Course?

In general, gun safety courses last three to four hours. This includes an introduction and orientation, a review of firearm safety rules, safe handling practices, and cleaning/maintenance instructions.

Depending on the program and instructor, additional topics may be covered, too. For example, some classes may go into greater depth about firearm laws in Colorado or the importance of a safe environment for handling firearms.

How Long is an Advanced Gun Safety Course?

For those seeking a higher level of certification, an advanced gun safety course is for you. Many advanced classes are over the course of two days. These courses include more comprehensive instruction and often include live range time.

Advanced courses also cover topics such as self-defense strategies and tactical training. Students will learn more about gun maintenance and repair, safe handling techniques, holstering methods, marksmanship skills, and much more.

If you want to work one-on-one with an instructor to get personalized training, you should look for private range instruction. The length of these sessions depends on the student’s goals and how much time is needed to achieve them.

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Enroll in a Gun Safety Class at Colorado Handgun Safety

A gun safety course is the first step toward responsible firearm ownership. There are multiple types of gun safety classes, and the length of each course varies depending on the type of certification required.

At Colorado Handgun Safety, we offer various gun safety courses to meet the needs of our students. Whether you need a basic firearms safety class or an advanced defensive shooting course, we have you covered. Contact us today to learn more about our gun safety classes and enroll in the perfect course for you.

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