Basic Handgun Defense Level 1

Firearm Training Course


*Note – Based on customer feedback, the Basic Handgun Defense Level 1 and Level 2 have been restructured into 4-hour courses.

The Basic Handgun Defense Level 1 course will enhance your basic handgun marksmanship skills and will begin to prepare you for real world self-defense with basic movement and deterrence exercises. This basic course is also great for those who already have a good shooting foundation, but want to re-start from the ground up with professional instruction to remove any bad habits and increase efficiency.

You will learn point shooting, sighted fire, weapon manipulations, and introductory defensive handgun skills. It is a fun course with some simple time and accuracy demands that will help you establish the basics.

88 Tactical recruits and retains the industry’s most experienced instructor cadre from the special operations military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue – many of whom continue to serve today. All 88 Tactical training courses are built on the core concept of Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning© (RBBC). RBBC was developed from this maxim: “the study of behavior is as important as the study of tactics.” 88 Tactical courses condition an appropriate crisis response that maximizes performance while working with, instead of against, a person’s survival-oriented instincts and intuitions.

Equipment Requirements 
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Pistol in proper working order (unloaded and stored in case prior to arrival)
  • 2 or more magazines/speed loaders (3 is recommended)
  • Sturdy holster and belt
  • 250 rounds of quality ammunition
  • A t-shirt along with a loose fitting shirt is recommended for this course. Please refrain from low cut or V-neck shirts, as hot brass can cause burns.
Eligibility Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The student or parent/legal guardian signing the waiver must have a valid government issued I.D. *Must have successfully completed a Concealed Carry course or demonstrate good firearms safety/have a working knowledge of how to shoot a handgun.


Students who attend class at the Range & Readiness Center can rent and/or purchase the required equipment in the Pro Shop prior to class. Lunch, dinner and snacks are available for purchase at the Ammo Box Café.

Cancellation Policy

Students who cancel or re-schedule a minimum of 72 hours prior to the start of a class will receive a full refund or credit applied toward future classes. Students who cancel or re-schedule less than 72 hours in advance or “No-Shows” will result in forfeiture of 50% of payments and fees. 88 Tactical reserves the right to cancel any course offered due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, all students will receive a full refund or credit applied to another class.

Rate – $85

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