Firearm Essentials

Basic Safety Course


At 88 Tactical, we value the constitutional right to bear arms, but we also value safety and responsibility. To ensure that everyone has access to the training they need to safely handle a firearm, we’re offering multiple FREE safety certification classes for both handguns and AR-15 rifles. You can choose to attend one, or both. Our free one hour firearm essentials basic safety course is open to the public.

These courses are 100% focused on safety and will cover responsible and safe gun storage, the fundamentals of firearms safety, information about accessories, how to handle your firearm around others, how to get an initial zero (in the AR-15 class), and how to load, fire, handle a malfunction, and disassemble and clean your firearm. The training will consist of using ‘dummy” rounds for dry practice. There will be no live fire. This initial course is a great place to start when it comes to responsible gun ownership and learning the basic mechanics of shooting a firearm the right way from the start.

Our expert instructors will help each student become familiar with safe handling and storage of handguns and AR-15 rifles. 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.

These Firearm Essentials Basic Safety Course is offered weekly. Upon completion, show your safety certification to get five percent off a firearm purchase.

Equipment Requirements
  • *Firearms will be provided for class at no charge, but students are encouraged to bring their own firearm (unloaded and in a case) and/or holster.
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.


The Intro to Handgun and/or Intro to Carbine (AR-15) classes are more comprehensive, 3-hour introductory courses. They make great starting points, or great follow-up courses to a Firearm Essentials Basic Safety Course.

*Lunch, dinner and snacks are available for purchase at the Ammo Box Café inside the Range & Readiness Center.

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.

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