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The Responsible Handgun Owner


The Responsible Handgun Owner class is geared toward two groups of people. The first group is people who have never owned a gun and are thinking about purchasing one and want a little bit of knowledge before they go spend their money. The second group of people that this class is geared towards is those who already own guns, but still are not really familiar with the weapons features and how to safely operate them.

This training session will provide the shooter with the necessary skills to be a safe and responsible handgun owner, proficient in the successful operation of a pistol. This training will include time spent in the classroom and on the range preparing first time shooters on pistol safety, important range rules, and answering other beginner questions. Instruction will include marksmanship mechanics, draw, weapon presentation, sight orientation, and trigger skills.

If you are an experienced husband who wants to bring an inexperienced wife or a parent who wants to bring a young adult to class to get help starting them with safe gun handling, this class is a perfect fit. Even though this class is designed to help beginners get started with good gun habits, it is also appropriate for more seasoned gun owners who want to freshen up their fundamentals.

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The Responsible Handgun Owner class duration will be 8 hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

All courses are delivered at GTI’s Joint Operations Center 1321 Technology Drive, Barnwell, SC 29812.

All students will be required to provide the following equipment at the time of the class:

  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection – Ear muffs or ear plugs. It is highly recommended to use both!
  • Serviceable Modern Pistol (I.E. Glock, Springfield, S&W, etc.)
  • Quality Retention Holster (The Blackhawk SERPA holster is NOT ALLOWED during our courses)
  • Extra magazines and magazine pouches are highly recommended.
    • Expedient reloads will not be covered in this class but having extra magazines and an efficient way to carry them will make your day on the range much more enjoyable. You will spend more time shooting and less time back at the truck reloading the same magazine all day.
  • 100 Rounds of quality ammunition that is appropriate for your firearm.
  • All students must have proper footwear (I.E. tennis shoes, boots).
    • Open toed footwear is not allowed for safety reasons.
  • Comfortable pants or shorts may be worn.
    • Skirts or dresses are not allowed.
  • Appropriate weather protection (I.E. hat, sunscreen, jacket)

If you do not yet own a weapon / holster and would like some guidance before buying equipment contact our Range Master JT Timmons at

If you do not yet own a handgun you can borrow one from GTI for the class. We will provide you with one of our Glock pistols, holster, magazines and ammunition for the course. Simply select that option before adding the course to your cart.

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October 20th, 2018, TBD


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