Defensive Handgun-1 (DH-1): Defensive Handgun-1 is an introductory defensive handgun course for all new 540 Tactical students. It is a prerequisite for Defensive Handgun-2 (DH-2). It lays the essential foundation for safe, practical and proven gun handling skills in a defensive situation. This course also covers the basic fundamentals of effectively presenting and accurately shooting your handgun. This course is 3 hours.




                                        *Only $60 if taken with any CHL class

*Rental gun, holster, magazines and ammo available for $75 with advance reservation.

The skills covered in this class are:

  • 3 conditions of all guns
  • 3 places your handgun should be- and never anywhere else.
  • 4 firearms safety rules and how they apply in any defensive encounter
  • 5 fundamentals of accurate shooting
  • 4 point presentation
  • Verbalization skills


Course requirements:
Please bring all handguns to class completely unloaded and in a case or gun bag and leave them there until instructed.

  • Must be 21 years of age unless otherwise approved.
  • Must be legally able to own and possess a handgun.
  • Must be able to provide photo identification to verify age and residency.
  • A defensive type handgun in good working condition- no sharing of handguns permitted between students – ideally, we suggest the gun you use for personal/home defense.
  • OWB Holster that is designed for the handgun you bring- kydex style retention holsters are recommended.
  • 50 rounds of factory new ammunition- ABSOLUTELY NO RELOADS.
  • Two magazines for a semi-automatic handgun or 1 speed loader for a revolver.
  • Approved shooting safety glasses- must fit over regular eyeglasses if you wear them. No safety goggles permitted.
  • Hearing protection- muffs preferred.
  • Belt (for your holster).
  • Baseball style cap with a bill (protects your face from flying brass).
  • Dress comfortable for indoors and outdoors wear layered clothes during winter months for outdoor courses.
  • Sturdy outdoor type shoes/boots for gravel and grass. No sandals, flip flops or open toe shoes.