Firearm Foundations: Ladies Only

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Only $45.  For this class, you must pay in advance with a credit card.  Unpaid orders for seating will not be honored.

Our "Firearm Foundations: Ladies Only" course is ideal for women who are inexperienced, or completely new to shooting handguns.  Enjoy learning gun safety fundamentals, basic operation, and getting on target in a friendly and encouraging environment!

This Fun and Exciting 2-hour course focuses on:

–Basic Firearms Safety

–Getting familiar with the parts and operation of handguns

–Gripping, aiming, stance and trigger press

–Considerations for using a handgun

The first portion of class occurs in our classroom, where participants will learn firearms safety rules, parts of handguns, and begin to learn how to shoot a handgun.

We spend the second half of the course on our private, climate-controlled indoor range.  Here we preview five .22 LR handguns that are great for beginners.  Each participant will get to choose three to try!



This is a perfect opportunity to learn the fundamentals of shooting without the noise, flash, and recoil of larger calibers.

With our certified instructors' experience in teaching and hands-on training, you can be confident that the information you'll receive is among the best in the industry--read our reviews below!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT ONLINE TODAY-- these events fill up quickly.  In order to provide quality attention to our students, we have a fixed number of available seats.


Course Length: 2 hours

Course Location: Bud's Gun Shop and Range, 1105 Industry Rd, Lexington, KY 40505

Please consider bringing a sweater or light jacket as classroom temperature can be cool!

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*****IMPORTANT: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before start of class to complete waivers at our range desk*****

 Late arrivals: Due to safety considerations and important safety training, late arrivals will not be seated, but allowed to attend the next available class.


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Customer Reviews:

"Exceptional.  I came in knowing nothing and left feeling good about what I learned--left the fear behind me.  [Gary displayed] great skills at outlining the info we needed and not overwhelming us."  --Shelley R.

"Very informative.  I feel much more educated about firearms and how to troubleshoot and operate them.  [Doug was] very open, honest with clear communication.  Thank you!"--Brianne H.

"Amazing!  I feel 100% more comfortable and confident handling and shooting a gun.  [Gary] made sure everyone was on the same page before going forward." --Briana F.

"Great!  Very informative, learned a lot!  Love the hands-on experiences.  Loved getting to test/shoot various guns.  [Doug and Dave were] very knowledgeable, informative & helpful without criticizing." --Sibyl C.

"Absolutely fantastic!  Gary clearly is an expert on the subject material and does a great job explaining in easy-to-understand terms.  Thank you to Gary & Dave for this educational, hands-on training.  Excellent refresher & very informative!  Highly recommend for anyone new without experience or in need of a refresher."  --Gretchen B.

"I have never learned so much so quickly.  Doug really emphasized safety first, but he taught us to be accurate.  He was very clear, provided multiple opportunities for learning new content and he reviewed each time during practice.  He was patient and had high expectations.  Safety first and always was the emphasis of this class.  I learned there are no gun accidents, only negligence or intentional violence.  I will be back!"  --Tammie F.

"Helped greatly to get me over my fear.  Jason was very knowledgeable and presented the information well."  --Brenda W.

"Great--I have some experience shooting, but I still learned a lot and feel a bit more comfortable.  [Doug was] knowledgeable, able to answer all questions, very patient, and stressed important matters." --Jennifer S.

"Really enjoyed it.  Gary was super knowledgeable.  He made the class interesting and relatable.  I left the class feeling more comfortable around handguns and can't wait to return to purchase and protect my family."  --Tamara M.

"Very informative.  Doug and Dave were very attentive, helpful, and knowledgeable; I have more gun confidence now."  --Stacie H.

"Loved it!  So thorough and patient!  I learned so much and it was fun!  [Gary was] very knowledgeable and friendly too!" --Sarah B.

"Very informative and answered all questions.  [Doug was] super respectful, made to feel welcomed, very knowledgeable." -- Emily V.

"Wonderful!  I had never shot a gun and I felt very comfortable and learned so much.  Gary was incredibly knowledgeable and made it interesting.  He explained everything and I feel very confident in handling a gun now."  --Alana I.

"Very educational; informal classroom setting which allowed for open communication.  [Doug was] serious when needed, but threw in jokes to keep it light and fun." --Maggie S.

"This course not only made me feel less anxious about using handguns, but it also gave us the chance to ask questions and proper techniques.  Gary was amazing and made sure we were comfortable with the course and range."  --Hayley G.

"It was amazing.  Made me feel much more comfortable with basics.  Doug was great and so patient.  Very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions." --Jacqueline B.

"10/10  Learned a lot and faced my fears on handguns.  10/10 [Gary was] very knowledgeable."  --Michele

"I thought that the class was very well organized.  I learned many different things that I didn't already know and Gary was very good at communicating; really enjoyed the way he taught things!" --Drue D.

"Loved the help of Doug and Dave with the guns and proper way to shoot and hold gun.  Great class; ready for another class." --Shana T.

"Excellent--good pace, good info.  I've never touched a gun before and I enjoyed it!   [Doug was] very knowledgeable and patient."  --Katie L.

"I learned a lot!  [Gary was] very knowledgeable about hand guns; Gary is the best!"  --Renee W.

"I liked the class and learned a lot.  Doug was very knowledgeable--it was everything I needed to know. Same thing he said upstairs was the same thing he showed in the range." --Mikaili G.

"Great class!  Fun, super explanatory, and a great atmosphere!  Very good; Gary was great."  --Kelsey N.

"Excellent experience!  I own a gun that I purchased here [at Buds] and this course helped my knowledge and confidence.  Thanks Doug & Dave." --Diana G.

"It was a great night.  Gary was very informative and explained things well." --Charless R.

"Doug was very thorough.  I loved shooting several guns.  He explained well for all the beginners!  Nice refresher for myself who brought a friend."  --Kayla C.

"This is the first time I have taken a class--I learned a lot.  Didn't really think guns were my "thing".  [Gary was] informative, structured and on my level.  Easy to follow." --Mary Jane M.

"Enjoyed and learned so much.  I was very afraid of guns before.  [Doug and Dave] covered everything very well." --Deborah W.

"Informative.  Gary was very helpful; Dave really assisted me with shooting.  I appreciated that!" --Gail C.

"Had a blast.  Both instructors [Doug and Dave] were knowledgeable.  Had full control of the course and very clear in the range!"--Tina L.

"Great instructor, good information.  Jason was wonderful." --Wilma M.

"It was excellent!  I came in knowing very little about guns and had never fired one before.  [Gary is] obviously well-versed in the subject." --Stacy N.

"It was a great class to attend.  Gary is a great instructor.  He was very knowledgeable and very open to any and all questions."  --Erin W.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the class.  [Doug was] very thorough and interesting--I can't say enough good about this class."  --Tonia R.

"Very informative.  Gave me a better understanding of various guns and ammo.  I increased my confidence.  [Gary} was very knowledgeable, made me feel relaxed and answered questions completely."  --Joyce K.

"Very helpful and informative.  [Doug was] absolutely on point!  I will be back."  --Tyvonna G.

"[Class was] great!  [Gary was] super engaging and knowledgeable."  -- Aubrey R.

"The class was very informative and helpful. It was exactly what I needed to feel more comfortable with buying my own gun.   Doug was great--gave good tips and made the class enjoyable!" --Ashely N.

"I had an amazing time.  Gary was patient and thorough.  I had never shot a gun before, now I am glad to have taken this class.  David was awesome and very thorough as well.  [Gary] took his time and was kind.  I liked that safety was a priority.  I was always afraid to even touch a gun, but the fact that safety was a priority gave me more confidence--thanks!" --Jenn M.

"Very informative and fun!  Doug was great and answered all questions.  He was patient instructing everyone in the classroom and on the range.  After the Intro class, I feel confident to return to the range--thanks!"  --Stephanie L.

"Loved it!  I feel more confident handling my own guns.  Gary was very clear, confident, and knowledgeable!"  --Robin N.

"Excellent.  Very clear understanding--safety first.  He [Doug] was awesome.  Knew what he was talking about."  --Theresa O.

"Great info & instruction on how to handle guns safely.  Instructor [Gary] 10/10."  --Karen G.

"I feel much more comfortable with a handgun.  This class definitely boosted my confidence.  Doug and Dave's patience is much appreciated.  I feel much more knowledgeable after the class.  I knew very little about guns before the class." --Melissa R.

"The class was very informative; fun.  Gary is an excellent instructor.  Thank you!  Enjoyed firing the revolver and the long barrel.  Would take this class again.  Gary is awesome!!  Made this class fun and eased my 'nerves'.  Both range instructors were very helpful! --Mary M.

"Love it!!  I would do this again!  Doug was very informative.  Explained things very well.  He welcomed questions and made us feel comfortable to ask.  I especially liked the way he individually showed us how to use each firearm the correct way and gave thorough instructions/correction during target practice."  --A.M.

"It was enjoyable and informative.  Gary was awesome.  He made me feel comfortable from the start."  --Erica C.

"Awesome.  Straightforward and answered all questions honestly [Gary]."  --Morgan S.

"Just great.  Moved along nicely, not too fast.  Excellent knowledge by the instructor [Gary].  Took time to clarify everything and took and questions." --Rebecca W.

"It was interesting and a little scary.  [Instructor was] very knowledgeable and friendly."  --Laura C.

"Excellent.  Gary did a fabulous job explaining gun basics for us.  I would highly recommend the class!"  --Tamara P.

"Great--fast paced but very detailed.  [Doug was] excellent--great at explaining and patient.  Highly recommended for all women!"  --Karen B.

"This class makes me want to continue learning & practicing about gun safety.  I want to become more comfortable handling a gun."  --Hazel H.

"Very informative.  this helps me know what I might want like to do next.  Made me feel very comfortable." --Patti C.

"Excellent--very informative; great instructors.  Covered a lot of material and well thought out presentation.  Gave us confidence to own and control our firearm."--Carol C.

"It was very good--personal--Gary was very helpful--enjoyed it--good instructor."  --Tenia B.

"I enjoyed the experience although I was scared at first actually handling the gun. --Zeph C.

"It was perfect.  12 out of 10."  --Taylor D.

"I loved it! I learned a lot and I feel a lot more comfortable using guns now.   --Rebecca M.

"Great experience.  Learn to keep my damn finger off the trigger when not ready to shoot :)."  --Devon P.

"Fast track to shooting in one class.  1/2 half is theory, 1/2 is actual practice.  --Elizabeth W.

"I learned some tips I'd not learned before--it was much better than handing me a gun, putting me on the range and telling me to shoot. --Rebekah R.

"I had an amazing time and learned so much!  Would definitely return and recommend to others.  Made everything very clear and was sure that everyone understood what was being taught.  Felt very safe."  --Katie O.

"Excellent class.  Haven't handled guns in about 20 years.  Very good presentation and refresher for me."  --Carol R.

"Great class--great instructor. The instructor was clear, approachable, and safe." --Karin W.

"Good and very informative and liked the small class size."  --Emily C.

"Very good!  I feel like I'm on the right path to learning what I need to know as a gun owner.   --Erin S.

"I learned a lot and feel more comfortable with firearms. The instructor was very helpful in teaching basic use and answering questions." --Casey S.

"Good and informative. [The instructor] had very good command of subject matter. [I've been] shooting all my life and I still learned things today." --Amanda E.

"Great class--made me not scared of guns anymore; excellent presentation."  --Keisha Z.

"Really great; put me at ease despite being nervous. Learning about guns in the first half was fun. Very strong [command of subject matter and presentation], competent, felt in safe hands." -- A.P.

"Great introduction class.  Detailed info presented clearly so it's easy to understand.  Enough detail to be ready to shoot.   Answered all questions asked with plenty of information.  Detailed, serious, but friendly and helpful."  -- Laurie R.

"I enjoyed it, I feel like I learned a lot about the actual mechanics of the gun and how to use it.   It really felt like a safe place to ask questions and learn."  --Aubree V.

"I really enjoyed this class.  The instructor knew the material, had a sense of humor and seemed calm.   I've already signed up for a second class at the end of the month." --Kate W.

"Amazing!  I'm eager to come back and learn more!  Doug is very knowledgeable and informative."  --Pamula B.

"Great intro to gun safety; well done.  [Gary] does a great presentation going over all points, but didn't waste time, etc.  Hit the points on all cylinders." --Shelley W.

"Wonderful experience.  This is my first time touching and being around guns, so it was the perfect intro class.  [Gary was] very knowledgeable.  A definite expert in his field." -- Gen B.

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7/1 5pm-7pm, 7/17 5pm-7pm

34 reviews for Firearm Foundations: Ladies Only

  1. Vikki Williams (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this class very much. Gary the instructor was very knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant. I would advise every woman that has any interest in firearms, to take this class, I feel comfortable and way more familiar with a firearm. Thanks again Gary.

  2. Vikki Williams (verified owner)

    I attended this class last night, Gary the instructor was very knowledgeable, of every thing that we asked. He also was very pleasant and professional. I would encourage any female to take this class, you will be surprised what you learn in the short time you are there.

  3. Tina R. (verified owner)

    Very good class for a beginner. Went over the basics of semiautomatics and revolvers, as well as info on ammo. Gary was a great instructor! Explained things well, answered questions and was patient. So glad I took this class.

  4. Diana Wynn

    I wish I had taken this class earlier. Gary was so patient with our questions, and his knowledge and experience filled in a lot of blanks for me. I’m no longer scared of shooting and, in fact, look forward to it. I might even get hooked. Great job, Gary!

  5. Susan P (verified owner)

    Loved this class. Gary was very knowledgeable. He took the time to explain everything and made the class enjoyable. Will definitely be back.

  6. Kathleen B

    The class was amazing, Gary took time to explained everything! Not to mention that he and Jason took time to help me find a gun that would feel good for me to Handle . I have a disability in my hands with limited strength and I was nervous to shoot and they made me feel completely comfortable.

  7. guns

    Absolutely loved that class man. I am sitting with my sister and we both are enjoying your class. Kevin, You are a great instructor and know what your students are thinking. You’re the damn right man!
    The Class literally helped me how to handle and used the gun. Moreover, those pro tips are really impressive
    Have a great day man, you are our mentor!
    Also, My cousin, want training, so I’ll visit your office in a few weeks

  8. Debbie Beasley

    My sister and I took the class tonight. We Absolutely loved the class. It was very helpful and for 2 people who had never shot a gun before with the instructions we did very well. We feel alot more comfortable now and learned alot. Would recommend this class to All women. Go check it out!!!

  9. Miranda Jarvis (verified owner)

    I recommend this class to anyone looking to be more comfortable with using a handgun. Kevin stressed safety and is helping educate responsible gun users and owners. I am not the kind of person who ever thought she’d find herself in a gun class, but I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. Kevin removed the intimidation from my first experience with a gun. Get a friend and go!

  10. Carol P. (verified owner)

    This was a great class yesterday evening. Kevin is awesome. He was very thorough and worked hard to make sure everyone felt at ease with firearms. I feel more confident after taking this class. I have recommended the class to my friends. I hope that Kevin teaches some other classes so that I can take those too!

  11. Alanna Sininger (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed the class. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable and made the class fun and interesting. Definitely looking forward to checking out more classes!

  12. Lisa W.

    The class helped me understand the reasons that so called accidents happens,why you don’t lean while shooting and it also helped me be more comfortable handling guns. Kevin helped me more than he realize. I will recommend this to anyone that’s thinking about using a gun. I look forward to practicing at the range, I need it. Thanks again to everyone at Buds

  13. Laura Perrow

    Well I walked in only willing to hold a gun with two fingers and I left feeling confident enough to pick up a gun and not be afraid of it. All questions were answered and no question was too stupid! Great job!

  14. Brianna

    Just attended this class tonight and really enjoyed it. Kevin was an awesome instructor and made sure he was there to assist us and answer questions every step of the way. Keith was also very helpful as well. This was my first time at Bud’s but definitely won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to more classes and some range time to learn even more. Overall, great class and great instructors!

  15. Randi (verified owner)

    A friend and I attended this class tonight, and really enjoyed ourselves! It was my first time holding and shooting a firearm. I was definitely nervous, but Kevin, our instructor made it easy to learn. Very informative and engaging! I am looking forward to additional classes and time at the range. Don’t be nervous ladies! You won’t regret it!

  16. Hallie Woosley

    Absolutely loved the class and definitely recommend to anyone!! It was a blast and Kevin and Gary made you feel completely comfortable.

  17. Sandy (verified owner)

    I attended the class tonight. I enjoyed it so much! Kevin and Gary were both great instructors. I learned a lot in this class. It is well worth the price. Don’t hesitate to take this class. Kevin makes everyone feel comfortable.

  18. Charlotte Fleetwood (verified owner)

    Just did this class and Kevin was the instructor. Great class! If you have never shot a handgun you will gain the skill and safety knowledge to be comfortable to shoot a handgun. Kevin and Gary ran the range part of the class. BEST CLASS AND INSTRUCTORS!
    Sign up you will be glad you did!

  19. Ardetta (verified owner)

    Had this class this evening. It has been a long time since I’ve held or shot a gun, although I was nervous Kevin was patient and made the class so enjoyable I’d suggest anyone interested in going to the range attend this class.

  20. Ingrid (verified owner)

    Great class presented with a thoughtful combination of welcoming humor and sensible safety instruction. Highly recommended for beginners. 10/10 would attend again.

  21. Sarah (verified owner)

    Took the class tonight along with my daughter. We really enjoyed it. Kevin is a great instructor and really makes you feel comfortable. I highly suggest taking it to get on your way to being comfortable with shooting.

  22. Mariah Koehler (verified owner)

    I think this is a great starter class, I learned so much from the instructor who used to work in law enforcement. I felt so safe during this class and this is one of the key components he works on with the ladies, feeling confident and not being scared, which was awesome. I think that everyone, if even hesitant, should at least take this class and try to become comfortable with guns and learn the basics.

  23. Ashley (verified owner)

    I recently took this class with Kevin, who is an awesome instructor! He explains everything in an easy to understand way and is willing to answer questions and help students overcome problems and develop confidence with their weapons. I also did a private lesson with Kevin to figure out the specific areas I need to work on and hone what I had learned in class and both of these things have helped me out immensely!

  24. Angie (verified owner)

    I loved this class! Kevin was a great instructor treated all of us women with respect he taught the class in a way that we all relate. I recommend this class to all women. $$$$$

  25. Madison (verified owner)

    I loved this class! The two instructors, Kevin and Keith, were excellent and very helpful. I had never held a gun before so I was deffinetely a beginner! The class was also helpful to learn correct gun safety before entering the range. I would recommend this class to everyone – even if you are nervous about shooting a gun for the first time.

  26. Laura (verified owner)

    I attended this class tonight. It was a great intro class, and all were treated with respect. Kevin and the other gentleman were excellent! Very highly recommended!!

  27. Tara Stamper

    A friend and I decided last minute to take this class, they were very accommodating getting us in. The class was large but very organized and well run! There were two teachers Kevin and Keith (I think) both were excellent! I would recommend this class for beginners!
    We spent about an hour in a class room going over safety, basics of a gun, holding a gun, aiming using the sites and standing. Then we went downstairs to the shooting range and could each shoot 3 guns, 5 times!! Again overall a very good class for learning the basics!!

  28. Ethel Fairchild

    I attended a class tonight at Buds gun shop. The instructor Kevin was very thorough explaining the fundamentals of a gun. Had a great time and looking forward to going back to some other classes. Great job Kevin

  29. Wendy (verified owner)

    What a fun class. Kevin made everyone feel relaxed and confident. Ladies Only is the perfect environment to eliminate self-consciousness. I’m looking forward to signing up for more classes.

  30. georgetta williams (verified owner)

    class was awesome. so much helpful knowledge and information. kevin and keith were great. had so much fun. loved shooting and have so much interest now. looking forward to more shooting and taking a carry/conceal. just trying to decide what type of gun to purchase. thanks again.

  31. Trish (verified owner)

    Very informative class–well worth the time and money. Kevin is a very good instructor. Definitely would recommend. The only negative was the class size was too large.

  32. Barbie

    Great class and well worth it. I went to the 10-5-15 class and really enjoyed the experience. The instructors were great, thank you Adam for all your help. The atmosphere was both fun and educational. I highly recommend this class. Since the class I purchased my first handgun, and a range membership. The instructors that taught the ladies night class have been just as helpful and friendly on the range, as they were in class. The bad thing is.. I find myself practicing too much. 🙂 Thank you!!

  33. Stacey (verified owner)

    Had a great time at Ladies Night. Kevin is a great instructor, and he is very thorough. Great class for first-timers. I’d never held a gun before this class, and I was very nervous about it, but Kevin really puts your mind at ease. We got to fire several different guns, and a learned proper shooting stance, and how to load out guns. Awesome class, I highly recommend it!

  34. Shirley

    Attended this tonight. Kevin was an excellent teacher. I’d never even held a gun. We went through a lot of instruction during the two hours, and each student fired 5 different models to familiarize ourselves with firing as well as help us determine what we like best. With Kevin’s instruction, my every shot hit the target and hit it pretty well. I am so anxious to return and practice what he taught me! Thanks Kevin. Thanks Buds. You took the intimidation factor out of handling and firing a gun.

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