The number of privately owned guns in the U.S. is upwards of 300 million and rises by about 10 million annually. Meanwhile, the firearm accidental death rate has fallen to an all-time low, 0.2 per 100,000 population - down 94% since the all-time high in 1904. Since 1930, the annual number of firearm accident deaths has decreased 81%, while the U.S. population has more than doubled and the number of firearms has quintupled. Among children, such deaths have decreased 89% since 1975. Today, the odds are more than a million to one that a child in the U.S. will die in a firearm accident.

Firearms are involved in 0.5% of accidental deaths nationally, compared to motor vehicles (29%), poisoning (27%), falls (21%), suffocation (5%), drowning (3%), fires (2%), medical mistakes (1.7%), environmental factors (1.3%), and pedal cycles (0.6%).

Among children: motor vehicles (34%), suffocation (27%), drowning (17%), fires (7%), environmental factors (2.3%), poisoning (2.2%), falls (1.5%), firearm (1.5), pedal cycles (1.4%), and medical mistakes (1.3%).

Education decreases accidents.
 Voluntary training has decreased firearms accidents. Firearm safety programs such as the course offered by SSTC are conducted by more than 93,000 Certified Instructors nationwide. 

This is a handgun class designed for beginners of all ages with a strong emphasis on firearm safety. This is a well rounded course that empowers with the tools and experience necessary to conduct ongoing practice in a safe and acceptable fashion. Students will learn mechanical functions of common handguns and the basics of handgun ballistics. 

SSTC offers public and private sessions that can tailor your training experience for:

  • New gun owners or those considering firearm ownership
  • Classes designed for families, women and youth

The range portion of this course is provided on our private range, ensuring one-on-one attention from our instructors and personal attention unavailable through most providers.

​Course Duration: 8 Hours

Fees + Ammunition  -  See Schedule

Gun Safety Courses & Basic Handgun Course