Introduction: This course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. The curriculum will allow students to pursue their Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit.

Aim: The student will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, shooting fundamentals and pistol shooting activities.


  • Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  • Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Firing the First Shots
  • Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining a Pistol
  • Continued Opportunities for Skill Development

Ammunition Requirements: 50 rounds of ammunition (not included)

Gear: Pistol, holster, three magazines, magazine holders, belt, wraparound eye protection, ear protection, rain gear, weapons cleaning kit, clothing appropriate for climate and conditions, and a water bottle or other hydration system.

Method: Classroom and practical application on the ranges.
Developed By: Tennessee Department of Safety
NOTE: This course can be taught in a “women’s only” format. Contact ERTC for more information.
Trainer: TBD
Skill Prerequisites: None
Number of attendees: Maximum 15
Duration: 1 day (8 hrs)
Course Cost: $35.00
Certification: Elk River Certification of Completion

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