No prerequisiteAge: 18 & older

Course Information

Handguns Level 1 is 4-5 hours of classroom and range instruction. Starting with a heavy emphasis on safety and practicality, we cover a lot more than “just the basics” in this course including slow fire for accuracy, trigger follow through, speed v accuracy, presentation from compression, and defensive shooting drills. Students will leave with the confidence and knowledge needed to practice on their own and come back for our level 2 courses!

**Students are responsible for purchasing 100 rounds of target (FMJ) ammunition.**



Must be lawfully allowed to train with firearms. (Under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian)

NOTES: Utilization of our handguns is provided at NO additional charge!

Firearms available for use include; Glock 19 Gen5 (9mm), Glock 43 (9mm), CZ P10c (9mm), Smith and Wesson Ez380 (380), Glock 42 (380), and Smith & Wesson Model 649 (revolver). 

What this course covers

  • Universal Safe Gun Handling Rules
  • Components of Handguns (Revolvers and Semi-auto)
  • Features and Functions
  • Types of Ammunition
  • Terms and definitions
  • Safe Storage of Firearms
  • Loading, Unloading, and Malfunctions
  • Grip, Stance, and Aiming
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship/Slow fire for accuracy
  • Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting/Controlled pair
  • Presentation with defensive shooting drills
  • Course Completion, Summary

Required Gear:

Note-taking material
Eye / Hearing Protection
Handgun: Revolver or Semi-Automatic of .22 LR caliber or greater.
Spare magazines, speed strips (for revolvers) and/or speed loaders
A minimum of 100 rounds of target ammunition
Water, snacks or lunch, and sunscreen as appropriate
Weather appropriate attire for the private outdoor range (no sandals, open-toed footwear, or tank tops)

Guns available upon coordinated request.

Our Instructors

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. We are constantly updating our training curriculum, making Diamondback an ideal training environment for individuals from every walk of life.


-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-California POST Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

* To register click on one of the courses below

15 Dec
HANDGUN LEVEL I 12/15-12/16/2023

To register for this course click the link above!

Friday @ 4:00 pm 7030 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710 United States