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Basic Handgun Safety Course
$125 per person
8 Hour Course

7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Skill level: Basic
Prerequisites: None

Why Train Anywhere Else?
Side view of our 4 Star Range
Note the many targeting systems including
our electronic moving targets & 270 degree
shooting/training options

To obtain a Concealed Handgun License in the State of Oregon:

Be 21 years of age and a resident of Oregon. The sheriff may waive the residency requirement if you are a resident of a contiguous state (California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington) and can demonstrate a legitimate need for a CHL in Oregon.

Complete an approved firearms safety or training course. Ours!
Oregon does not recognize CHL's from any other state.

Fill out the application form at your local sheriff's office. Each county uses its own form; there is no standard. Submit the completed application form, two forms of identification (one must have a photo), your firearms training confirmation and the license fee. The sheriff's office will take your fingerprints
and photos.

Receive your license or be denied within 45 days. If you are denied,
the sheriff must give you the reason in writing.

This class will provide you with the information necessary to meet, and exceed, the basic handgun safety requirements of ORS 166.291 for obtaining an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. The focus of this course is on using a handgun for self-defense.

The course is eight hours and consists of approximately five hours in the classroom and three on the range. Each student will shoot 50 rounds from their defensive handgun.

NOTE: Historically this class fills up two months in advanced and usually has a waiting list.

Call now if you're interested to secure a spot in this course.

Need a handgun for your course?
We have rental guns!
Your choice:
GLOCK 23 .40 S&WGLOCK 19 9mm
GLOCK 17 9mmS&W .38 4" revolver

We provide a high instructor to student ratio
(Instructors wear red shirts so they are always easily visible to our students!)

You can expect personal attention
from our world-class instructors
The classroom portion of the course covers:
  • The seriousness of using deadly force and using other alternatives
  • Introduction to the three conditions required in order to justify using deadly force
  • An overview of self-defense and the criminal and civil court systems
  • The importance of sound judgment in assessing other alternatives
  • The responsibilities of the armed private citizen
  • Oregon law regarding where you can legally carry your handgun concealed
  • Using verbal compliance to stop a threat Introduction to the different types of handguns used for self-defense
  • Overview of handgun ammunition for self-defense
  • Nomenclature and inspection of handguns
  • Overview of revolvers and semi-auto pistols for self-defense
  • Proper handgun care and cleaning
  • Firearm safety
  • Basic gun handling skills
  • Introduction to the five fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Firearm storage and security
  • Basic home defense tactics
The range portion of the course covers:
  • How to inspect your handgun
  • Administrative loading and unloading
  • How to correctly charge a magazine for semiautomatic handguns
  • Introduction to the "ready" position
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • After action responses including the search and scan technique
  • Introduction to verbalization
  • Individual coaching and attention to improve your marksmanship & gun handling skills

OFA operates a clean, world class, training facility one of only seven 4 Star Ranges
in the USA
While on the range you'll receive individual coaching and support as we have a high instructor to student ratio.

Comfortable Classroom setting

What you'll need for the course:
  • One high quality defensive type handgun for EACH student -
    we suggest the gun you use for personal/home defense.
  • NO .22's are allowed on the range!
  • Please test fire your gun before class to ensure it works!
    Please bring a handgun that works
  • We have rental guns if you reserve them in advance -
    $65 for a handgun including the ammo (and we clean it!)
  • Please clean and lubricate your gun before you come to class to ensure it will work properly. We do not provide gunsmithing services and therefore cannot repair or "fix" guns
  • 50 rounds of factory new ammunition (NO RELOADS or steel-cased ammo) We sell ammo in our Pro Shop - please call to make certain we have your caliber - don't just "assume" we have your ammo in stock
  • Two (s) magazines for the semi-auto pistol.
  • Z87.1 ANSI/OSHA approved Safety Glasses (NOT Safety Goggles which are designed ONLY for splash protection) - even if you wear prescription glasses you still need Safety Glasses to wear over the top of your prescription glasses - Safety Glasses are for sale in our Pro Shop from $8 to $16 per pair depending upon what you select
  • Hearing protection
  • Hat or cap with a bill (to protect your eyes from flying brass) . Ball caps are for sale in our Pro Shop
  • Dress comfortable for indoors and outdoors wear layered clothes during winter months.
    Dress for Oregon weather!
  • Sturdy outdoor type closed-toe shoes/boots for gravel, grass, and country living. Sandals, flip flops, and open toe shoes are not an ideal choice.
  • Lunch, snacks, and drinks for the day. There is a microwave for your convenience.
We do provide Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Ice Water

People who have taken this class said:

"This BHS course beats the pants off of a 'CHL' Course I took from a Gun Shop!"

"The great reputation of OFA is very well deserved. The Staff couldn't be better or more helpful. I can't wait to return for another training. OFA is so well organized it is inconceivable that one could do a better job" ~ David Kelly

"I am an NRA Instructor for Basic Pistol at a local range and I wish we could do half as good as you guys!." ~ L. Lake

My wife and I just completed the Basic Handgun Safety Course today and the few minutes we took to add our thoughts to your questionnaire seem very small in light of the experience we had, considering we talked about it the entire 1-1/2 hour drive home.

I have learned more in this Basic Handgun Safety course and your Defensive Handgun 1 than in the last 2 years of shooting IDPA & IPSC & everything else including video tapes, books and learning from my friends...thanks!...Excellent courses!" Mike B.

My wife and I both agree that every penny that class cost us was money well spent. You may be a bit pricier than other classes, and the drive time to be there at 7:30 was a slight inconvenience, but we were rewarded with such friendly folks, teaching but doing it with some personality, and going so deep into it, that we’ll be back. I personally was astounded to find that much of what I had learned in the past was added to in ways that I will carry with me forever (and some of what I had learned was ‘Bogus Crap!). Pointing and shooting is easy, doing it correctly will take the training you give. My wife, my boys, and myself shoot regularly. From now on it will be done with a higher level of safety and competence.

"Fun Course! Worth every dime!"

"I have previous Military training and I still learned many new things...
I will definitely return for more training. Thank you!"

The Academy’s knowledge and competency was, beyond question, the best I have ever experienced in any class and on any shooting range. Going in I knew that this class was the beginning of our training as armed citizens. I can say now that each successive class we take to reaching our potential will be taught at OFA. We both look forward to the Defensive Handgun 1 class. We both hope to go further!

Many THANKS again!! You folks are awesome and I will recommend you to anyone I talk to in the future.

You are free to cut, copy, paste, splice, fold, spindle, or mutilate this mail into any form that will help you in advertising on the web or in hard print. Any way you cut it, you folks are the best out there.

Take Care,

Scotty & Shelly Crist

"First comment: WOW! I learned a lot today - the legal instruction was topnotch, as was the self-defense, safety, ammunition, cleaning & care of handguns, & range instructions. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in basic handgun safety. PS Thank you for the candy, the delicious coffee, and the lovely rest room facilities."
~ Ann O.

"Best course of its kind . . .I've attended a similar class in the area and it doesn't even come close to this one! Your course is much more through, with highly knowledgeable and skilled instructors. I should have come to your class first!"

"I appreciate the respect shown to every participant, regardless of ability. This is my second class on basic handgun, once with another instructor at a different class, and after taking this course I can't believe how much safety information was excluded with my first class (at the other school). Thanks for an excellent class! I will definitely be back from more!
~ Margo C.

"Great instruction, professional, fantastic hands-on with some great positive reinforcement."

"This was a wonderful beginning class, thank you for taking the extra time and effort to help me through the range practice"

"After years of shooting wrong, I am now attempting to change my ways. Thanks for a fun day. Well worth getting up at 3:45 a.m."
NOTE: Student & her spouse drove over three hours to attend this course.

"The knowledge I learned in class gave me the knowledge to know that if I had to, I could defend me and my family."


Dr. Marion Ratliff lecturing
within a "School Circle"
illustrating a proper Sight Picture

20 Students on the Firing Line
Training Together!

OFA is known for our
Friendly and Professional Staff
Know as "Red Shirts!"

OFA is Oregon's Only 4 Star Range!

Basic Handgun Safety Class Photo!

Restrictions:Oregon Firearms Academy LLC reserves the right to limit enrollment to our courses for any reason. If you have been convicted of any felony, or any crime which prohibits you from purchasing, owning or possessing a firearm and/or found mentally ill which prohibits you from legally purchasing, owning or possessing a firearm then you are unable to attend this course.

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