Women’s Basic Pistol and Handgun Selection Class

Join us for a women-only Introduction to Handguns Course

About the Women’s Basic Pistol Course

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join other women in learning the basics about firearms, this Women’s Basic Pistol and Handgun Selection course is for you.

This course is small and intimate—and just for women. When you join us in this course you’ll enjoy:

  • Increased self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Greater ability to ensure your loved ones are safe
  • Confidence in choosing pistols that fit you perfectly
  • Increased appreciation for a competitive sport

Our courses are small, so we can focus on your safety, provide personal attention, and help you learn to shoot in a safe, fun environment.

What you’ll learn:

This course is a blend of classroom and practical on-the-range instruction in which you’ll learn:

  • Basic firearm safety rules and safe gun handling
  • The parts and operations of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers
  • The fundamentals of shooting: grip, stance, aiming, sight alignment, trigger control, and follow-through
  • Ammunition types and selection
  • How to choose a firearm that fits you—you might be surprised at what you’re most comfortable with!
  • Numerous tips for situational awareness, avoiding conflict, and personal protection

Who are your instructors?

We are passionate about teaching women to protect themselves and their loved ones, enabling them to embark on their next adventure with confidence and security. All four of us are NRA certified instructors. We’ve been teaching classroom and practical programs for over a decade. Curtis, the lead instructor, has been teaching firearm safety for ~15 years and is certified to teach pistol, personal protection in the home, and muzzleloading. He is also a certified range safety officer (RSO). The two female instructors both have degrees in psychology and will be sharing their experiences in situational awareness, de-escalating situations, and choosing if/when/where to carry. The final male instructor is exceptionally proficient in firearms safety and practical shooting exercises. We look forward to having you join us!

Course Specifics

The course runs from 9 am to 5 pm. We would love to have you join us as early as 8 am for espressos and lattes to fuel our chit-chat so you can get to know your soon-to-best friends! You’ll begin with instruction in a well-lit and comfortable classroom, with very clean restrooms. In the afternoon, we’ll move outdoors to the covered pistol shooting bay. You’ll begin shooting with .22 caliber pistols. These are super easy to handle and fire—and they help boost your confidence. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can shoot larger defensive rounds such as .38, 380, 9mm, and .45 caliber pistols. If the weather is cold, we’ll warm up between shooting with a portable heater.

We will provide coffee, water, snacks, as well as a hot and hearty Dutch Oven lunch-this is not to be missed!  We’ll provide handguns and ammunition will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own, but please, do not feel you have to purchase one for this program. We’ll also have hearing, and eye protection for you. Feel free to bring your own if you already have them.

At the end, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion. 

Course requirements

This course is for women only, age 18 and above (we may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis).



To register, visit the registration page.  


All courses are taught at the Cascade Shooting Facilities’ outdoor range in Ravensdale, Washington. The classroom instruction is at the range house nearby.

How to register

To register, click on the “register here” link beside the course date in the Course Schedule section above. You’ll be directed to our web page where you can select the course date, fill in your information, sign the waiver, and pay online. You’ll receive a course confirmation and instructions via email.


Payment is due at time of registration. Our facilities and instructors are pre-paid, so we cannot allow rescheduling or refunds. Upon registration, you will be asked to fill out a waiver and attest that you are eligible to handle firearms (i.e. no felonies).

We look forward to having you join us!