• Handgun 1
  • Duration: 3 Days

Handgun 1 Course Description

Handgun 1 is designed to give the beginner, intermediate or advanced shooter the proper handgun fundamentals. Starting with mindset, the class focuses on the core foundation of accuracy, acceptable accuracy under dynamic stress, and how to effectively balance speed and accuracy with proper weapon manipulation.

Cost: $710. Price will be shown in cart.

Subjects Covered

  • Life Safety Brief
  • Proper gear selection and placement
  • Establishing a proper zero
  • 7 fundamentals (Accuracy Drills, Axis and Mechanics of Recoil)
  • 3 Core Fundamentals
  • Acceptable Accuracy Drills
  • Balance of Speed and Accuracy
  • Speed reloads / Tactical reloads
  • Instinctive Shooting and Mindset Drills
  • Malfunctions
  • Movement Drills
  • Improvised shooting positions

Equipment List

Students provide their own ammo: 1400 rounds minimum. Multiple calibers may be used throughout this course. Drills can be modified to accommodate a lower round count.

Hardware – A functional and practical handgun chambered in 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 ACP. If available, a spare weapon system is also an excellent idea. A cleaning kit and tools that are compatible with the weapon system(s) in question is also a must. Each student should have a minimum of 5 working magazines. Single stack drivers should have double.

  • Note pad, and pen/pencil
  • Clothing suited to strenuous activity as well as being seasonally appropriate
  • Rain gear / cold weather gear (seasonal)
  • Ear pro (electronic preferred) / Eye pro
  • Baseball style hat recommended
  • Proper belt to support equipment
  • Pistol magazine pouches (Optional: Battle belt, or Chest rig)
  • Tools that work on your weapon
  • A holster and magazine pouch that will retain equipment when moving
  • Weapons lube
  • Water hydrating device
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • An open mind

Dates & Locations

  • Newfoundland, PA October 17 - October 19, 2023

  • Linden, CA December 1 - December 3, 2023

  • Waxahachie, TX February 23 - February 25, 2024

  • New Home, TX October 26 - October 28, 2024


Important Range Host Info

Hosted by Costa Ludus. Contact customerservice@costaludus.com with any course questions.
Course will be held at Double Eagle 332 RT447 Newfoundland, PA 18445

Contact: main@doubleeaglepocono.com


HET1: 7:30AM-4PM.

Range fee: $75/ 3-day class to be paid directly to Costa Ludus. A link will be sent out approximately 4 weeks before class. 

Meals: Contact the host for more information.

(As of 3/23/23: Onsite $75/day for full breakfast/lunch/dinner)

Lodging: Please contact the host to reserve lodging at the Lodge on the range property.

NEW LINK: updated 4/24/23  https://doubleeagleoutdoors.org/facility

Recommended Airport

Philadelphia International Airport (Approximately 2 hours from the range.)


Important Range Host Info
Course will be held at ETTS Gun Range 620 Greathouse Road Waxahachie, TX

Contact: Email: extremetactics2013@gmail.com

Range fee: $135/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Range waiver required to be completed online: www.smartwaiver.com/v/ettsgunrange

Meals: On site meals are available. Sonic Drive-in approx. 8 miles from range; Waxahachie options are approximately 15 miles from the range. Please contact the host for more details.

Recommended Lodging:

Fairfield Inn & Suites 2020 Civic Center Ln. Waxahachie, TX 75165  (972)937-8886. (Approximately 15 miles from the range.)

Recommended Airport:

Dallas/Fort Worth International (Approximately 56 miles from range.)

Dallas Love Field (Approximately 38 miles from the range.)




Important Range Host Info
Castle Firearms Training Center, LLC – Course will be held at 1274 FM 211 New Home, TX 79381

Contact: Email: info@castlefirearms.com, 806-924-7772

Range fee: $100/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Meals: Fast food options with 5 minutes of range. Full kitchen and refrigerator available on property to store food students bring in.

Recommended Lodging:

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lubbock Southwest
6401 62nd St, Lubbock, TX 79424

Plenty of shopping and restaurants,

Recommended Airport: Lubbock Airport, Lubbock, TX (LBB)

Ammo limitations:  No green tip and no high calibers on steel. .300BLK allowed for steel