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Essential Defensive Pistol

California CCW (8-hours)
Class is Full
Next Available Class:
Sun, Jul. 21, 2024
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Course Description

Essential Defensive Pistol This is our intermediate level tactical handgun course. Learn "Essential Gun Fighting Skills". Safety is emphasized in all our classes. This is a scenario-based pistol training. Instructions include proper attitude, gear selection, marksmanship, defensive tactics, cover and concealment, CQB and much more. Drills, including the draw and re-holstering are repeated for muscle memory. This course is conducted by Law Enforcement Instructors (NLEFIA), NRA Certified Instructors and Training Counselors, USCCA Instructors.

Essential Defensive Pistol - Shoot Safe Learning

California CCW:
Los Angeles County and cities within,
Ventura County, Kern County

SB 2 requires minimum of 16-hours for initial CCW Training starting January 1, 2024. Please choose Defensive Handgun if you are looking for CCW Training Certification.

Note: Some departments allow 8-hour training for applicants who submitted their application in 2023.

The course curriculum, live-fire exercises, and demonstration of familiarity, meets or exceeds the established requirements in accordance with California Penal Code Section 26150(a).

Sign Up for Full 16-Hour Class:
Defensive Handgun

We highly recommend the full 16-hour course.
Lessons Include:

  • CCW technique
  • Holster options
  • Carry postitions
  • Other State CCW
    • Utah, Arizona, Florida (Carry in 35 states)
  • Defensive mindset
  • Discussion on Civil / Criminal Liabilities and
  • Much more ...

Training Done Right
  • Conducted by experienced certified instructors
  • No Online / No simulation¬†
  • No lengthy boring video presentations
  • No shortcuts / No rubber stamping
  • Only live, in-person quality training

Course Outline

Part I:

  • Safety & Procedures
  • Equipment & Ammunition

Tactical Pistol Training - Shoot Safe Learning

Part II:

  • Standby / Ready Positions
  • Draw Technique
  • Reloading Drills (Speed / Tactical)
  • Malfunction Recovery
  • Multiple Assailants
  • Various Shooting Positions
  • Marksmanship Qualification

Defensive Pistol Training - Shoot Safe Learning

Part III:

  • Concealment vs Cover
  • Moving While Shooting
  • Shooting from Cover
  • Close-Quarter Combat
  • Practical Shooting Scenarios

Part IV:

  • Evaluation

Cost: $350.00 ( Includes range fee)

Defensive Pistol Training - Shoot Safe Learning

Class is held at:

A Place To Shoot
A Place To Shoot
33951 San Francisquito Canyon Road
Saugus, Santa Clarita, CA, 91390
(661) 296-5552

Wear comfortable clothing:

  • Wear long pants instead of shorts
  • Wear pants with belt loops
  • Bring strong/sturdy belt (1.5 inch width or wider; must fit through the belt loops)
  • Wear closed toe shoes
  • Shirts must be tucked in
  • A hat
  • Cooling towel (during summer)

Items to Bring:

  • Firearm (semi-automatic pistol), 2 or more magazines
  • Eye and ear protection, a hat
  • 300 rounds of ammunition for your primary pistol
         (may be available at the range)
  • 25 rounds for each additional pistol(s)
  • Strong side OWB holster, belt and magazine pouches
         (gear suggestion)
  • Old T-shirt (will be destroyed)
  • Knee pads (optional)
  • Sunblock
  • Bottled water
  • Packed lunch


Class is Full
Next Available Class:
Sun, Jul. 21, 2024
Register Now
Reserve your spot