NRA Certified Pistol Training,

by Paul Foreman

Athens, Alabama





In my Opinion:

A few words about handguns.

Not all handguns are equal; not by a long shot. (Pun intended)

Bursa, Hi-Point (some, not all), Jennings, Jimenez, Raven, RG, Charter Arms and similar low-cost handguns are in our experience, poorly manufactured, designed and/or made of cheap metalThus they may not safe!  They are also generally: unreliable and unable to endure sustained use. Such cheap firearms generally have very poor triggers and/or safeties and other features, making the guns difficult to use, making shooting accurately and effectively very difficult, even impossible for many shooters. A heavy trigger pull found on cheap guns can make shooting accurately almost impossible.

I just cannot allow such guns to be used in my classes.

Low-cost guns such as these are NOT permitted in our training.

If you have questions about your gun, please call me, FIRST!

Too often we have seen students bring such low-cost handguns to class and then struggle with the guns and endure unnecessary and preventable difficulties during the course. These situations often lead to the entire class having to be delayed while the student and/or the instructor(s) devote precious time and effort dealing with a poorly made, unreliable, unsafe, difficult to use and overly bothersome low-cost handgun.  Low-cost guns such as these are NOT permitted in our training. 

 It is certainly true that many cannot afford a quality handgun, and sometimes must rely on low-cost guns for personal protection.  A low-cost gun is likely better than no gun at all when a gun is needed to defend your life. However, to train and practice seriously a quality gun is required.     If you want the training we provide but do not have a suitable handgun, let us know.  We can usually provide (rent) a suitable handgun for the duration of the training. We suggest that if you value your life – the only life you have – and want to learn to use a handgun for self protection, that you save as much as you can as quickly as you can and purchase a quality well made handgun.

 A few words about handgun calibers

Not all handgun calibers are equal.   The smallest gun/caliber we will recommend in our training is the .380 ACP.   We strongly recommend .38 Special / 9mm as a minimum caliber, but if you insist, you may complete our courses with a .380. 32 & 25 caliber is just NOT recommended for self defense. We do accept 22 cal as a last resort, if it is of quality manufacture.

Smaller caliber guns, even from quality makes, while better than no firearm at all in a real defensive situation, simply are not hardy enough to withstand the amount and type of training in our courses. 

.25 and .32 calibers are attractive to many as they are easy to shoot, inexpensive, smaller than most other handguns, & very lightweight.  Still such guns are not serious defensive calibers.

Calibers larger more powerful than .45 ACP are also generally not acceptable in defensive handgun, or for use in our type of training.  Larger, powerful calibers can be difficult to shoot for a number of reasons and are best used for hunting or other recreational shooting, not personal defense. 



The use of reloaded ammunition is not allowed in my training. Use of reloaded ammunition can, and in our experience usually does result in similar mishaps and delays to those of using low-cost handguns, and more serious safety mishaps. Commercially manufactured ammunition, made by licensed, insured, regulated, professional companies, following strict, recognized, professional standards and using hi-tech, automated processes and equipment are in the strongest possible terms encouraged and recommended. 

IF you use reloaded ammunition you are probably not only voiding the factory warranty for your gun, but you are increasing exponentially the chance of an ammunition mishap of some kind.

Full metal jacket ammunition is REQUIRED.  Lead bullets do not perform as well, make a dirty mess of your gun quickly and will adversely affect how your gun functions during this type of training.

Day and evening classes for your convenience.

Individual classes also available!

Couples Discount!

Call for more info and pricing:

 Paul Foreman


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( I don't think the cops themselves,need my training! )Laughing

Participants will be required to have both EYE  protection and Hearing protection

These can be purchased at the gun shop where you find this flyer.

 Or:  I will have them available.

Instructor HIGHLY recommends Electronic Ear Protection that allows you to hear normally  but  blocks out the sound of your gun.

Eye protection can be regular safety glasses or “over glasses “.

Instructor recommends a minimum of 150 rounds of ammo specified for your guns caliber. QUESTIONS about type of ammo? Just call  Paul.

You will be required to have in your possession your pistol permit 

and state issued I.D.

 Basic Pistol Training Class is for both men and  women 18 years and older.

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