Firearm Foundations


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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.

In our Firearm Foundations session, you’ll learn the important basics of firearm safety and how to properly grip, sight, and shoot handguns.

Whether you are new to firearms, or perhaps you have already purchased a firearm, but just lack experience—this is the class for you!

This is serious subject matter for sure, but we keep it fun while you learn:

--Basic Firearms Safety

--Getting familiar with the parts and operation of handguns

--Gripping, aiming, stance and trigger press

--Considerations of using a handgun

The second part of the course focuses on live-fire in our unique Training Range.

We feature a variety of handguns in rimfire (.22LR) and centerfire calibers (.38 spl and 9mm) and each participant will get to choose then try several different firearms.

We provide:

  • Range handguns for the class
  • Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection
  • Targets



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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Reviews of the class by participants:

"Just the right amount of exposure for me, a true beginner.  Range portion is invaluable.  Loved being able to try different calibers and guns.  [Gary] knew material like the back of his hand.  Didn't speak down to me or any classmates." --Justin K.

"I loved it!  Friendly, educational, safe, and fun.  A+++."  --Sarah S.

"Awesome, educational experience.  10/10--Doug is the man!" --Colin D.

"Everything was great!  I had never shot a gun before so this was the perfect introduction.  Gary was very knowledgeable and made learning easy and approachable."  --Lawrence W.

"This was a great class.  [Doug was] very prepared, really presented material so anyone could understand."  --Robert T.

"Amazing!  Didn't know anything.  Well-explained info and great explanation.  [Gary was] amazing!  Patient and described well."  --Chana G.

"It felt good to get more comfortable with handguns and be more knowledgeable.  [Doug] was awesome.  Made sure we were comfortable and he demonstrated everything well." --Rachael D.

"Very informative and interactive.  Great job & class.  [Gary is a ] subject matter expert.  Great job by instructor." --John D.

"10/10--would recommend.  [Doug was] great." --Brittiany W.

"Great experience; Gary was very thorough and explained everything in detail.  His presentation was great; he covered a lot of important details."  --Dana W.

"Very satisfied--good class.  [Doug] commands the topic and class."  --Kent P.

"[The class was] wonderful!  He [Gary] was an amazing teacher: on point, assertive, but nice and funny." --Aubrey M.

"Fantastic!  I had previously taken the 'concealed' class through a different outfit.  I learned more in this one.  Both instructors [Doug and Dave] were very good!"  --Mark W.

"Excellent basic class for a novice.  [Gary was] excellent.  Clear, concise."  --Paul K.

"Excellent!  Superb intro class.  [Doug was] very knowledgeable and really helped each student."  --Joseph F.

"I had a wonderful time relearning handgun safety.  [Gary was] very clear and well-spoken."  --Bob S.

"Loved it!  Gary was very knowledgeable--a great sense of humor.  Very thorough in explaining different gun types and ammo and Dave was great helping with our stance and sighting and handling."  --Sherry F.

"Great for beginners; [Doug was] very good."  --John E.

"Fantastic!  I came in unsure & nervous.  This course gave me confidence to want to go further & purchase my own gun.  Brilliant!  Gary is so open to questions; Dave is amazing also." -- Kacie M.

"Doug was amazing; very knowledgeable and had lots of fun.  Learned a lot, easy to understand, and answered all questions."  --David J.

"Great first experience with a handgun at a range.  I had Gary as an instructor last week for the handgun cleaning class.  He was terrific again today with his ease and thoroughness of presentation."  --Steve A.

"It was awesome; very professional."  --Lawrence B.

"Exceptional; learned so much and had fun.  [Gary was] very knowledgeable."  --Stacy M.

"It was great--very well organized.  Explanations were very detailed.  A lot of helpful and useful information.  [Doug was] excellent."  --Mary B.

"Great!  Very helpful, but also fun!  Would encourage others to take.  Very informative, while keeping it engaging and fun.  Doug and Dave were both very encouraging." -- Taylor C.

"Very informative and taught at an easy-to-understand pace.  [Doug] did great."  --Michael F.

"Gary did a great job with first time and veteran gun shooters; very easy to understand.  [Gary] was well-versed in gun parts, ammo & proper shooting technique." --Evan E.

"Excellent.  Doug taught the class so that everyone was comfortable before going to the range."  --Paul S.

"Great beginner information to prepare for the conceal carry permit.  [Gary was] very knowledgeable, patient, and informative."  --Julie H.

"I liked it, found it was very informative!  Very knowledgeable, answered all questions and was humorous, making it a fun, enjoyable class."  --Gerrard N.

"I learned lots of head knowledge, but the range was what made it stick.  Doug was fantastic and Dave was helpful and smart."  --Trent C.

"Very informative; great job by the instructor.  He was easy to understand and I liked that safety was a priority."  --Cynthia B.

"It was great and informative.  [Doug was] very fun and interactive and nice."  --Anthony G.

"Great tips and clear instructions.  One-on-one shooting too."  --Brent S.

"Good--I liked the instructor and the class wasn't boring. I liked that the instructor made us all feel included instead of just him talking the entire time." --Amber T.

"Fantastic!  Doug was very thorough.  I have a new appreciation for handguns.  Knowledge extraordinaire!  Doug and Dave's coaching was very appreciated." --Debbie W.

"I think the class was very helpful and covered a lot of ground in a reasonable amount of time. --William T.

"It was a fascinating introduction.  It was very helpful to try different handguns to help me better understand what is best for me.  --Pam S.

"Very good class.  I've been shooting for 35 years and learned something in this class.  --Frank B.

"It was very basic and simple, but necessary.   [Instructor] did well keeping the class engaged and participating."  --Ramsey M.

"Never been around guns; not intimidating.  [Instructors were] outstanding." -- Rob S.

"Very informative; good foundation to handgun use and safety.  The instructor was great!  Couldn't have done a better job."  --Daniel B.

"Straightforward and useful information.  I feel more confident in the use of my handgun."   I learned several new things despite this being an intro class."  --David P.

"Excellent course.  Dave was excellent." --Dennis H.


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7/3 5pm-7pm, 7/29 5pm-7pm

2 reviews for Firearm Foundations

  1. Ray Forgie (verified owner)

    My wife and I just took the class with Gary as our instructor. He was very knowledgeable and made the class very interesting. I would highly recommend this training to anyone .

  2. william.staats (verified owner)

    I brought my girlfriend to this class to get her more comfortable with my hobby and she loved it. This class taught the exact information she was looking for to get more comfortable with the idea of guns. The class covered basic safety and handgun components as well as gave everybody the chance to practice with three different guns. My only warning is that the classroom is a little cold, so dress in layers.

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