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The Hartford Gun Club (HGC) has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to provide an introduction to handguns and shooting. This 2 hour course provides the information and experience you need to safely handle, shoot, and store a firearm.

This class is for those with little or no experience with handguns. There is no specific age limit (youth must be accompanied by an adult), but instructors have the discretion to not allow live fire shooting if a student is not prepared.

You are not required to shoot. If after receiving instruction on the safe handling of firearms you are not interested in doing live fire you are not required to do so.

This is NOT a concealed carry (CCW) class. This is a great course for families choosing to obtain their first firearm for their home or personal protection or, for families with children approaching the age where their awareness of firearms is increasing.

The NSSF provides class materials, eye protection, hearing protection, targets, and ammunition. In addition, when you complete the course and take an online survey you will receive a $25 HGC gift card.

NSSF First Shots includes:

  • Safely handling a handgun

  • Firearm safety rules

  • Practice loading, unloading, and aiming

  • Shooting (optional - you are not required to shoot a handgun if are not comfortable doing so)

  • A .22 handgun to use - the easiest to shoot

  • Safety glasses provided by the NSSF

  • Hearing protection provided by the NSSF

  • A target provided by the NSSF

  • Ammunition provided by the NSSF

  • A clean, safe indoor shooting range

  • Professional instructors

This class is not scheduled. If you are interested please contact our lead instructor and we will coordinate a date and time that works for you.

The cost of the class is $25 per student.

For information and scheduling please contact:

Gary Poindexter


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