GFH First Steps Pistol

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Hi Anthony, Charlie & Jimmy Last night I attended the First Steps class with Jimmy. Even though this class is geared for beginning shooters and I have been a gun owner since 1983, the class was very informative and I learned a lot. Jimmy has a great teaching style that made learning a serious topic fun and easy to understand. He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved. During the live fire session Paul worked with me and helped me overcome some bad habits I’ve developed over the years and he also has a nice approach to teaching firearms safety and handling. I also observed both Paul and Jimmy taking first-time shooters from nervous first trigger pulls to consistent groupings. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Last week I also took the UT & FL non-resident CCW courses with Charlie at Cherry Ridge. He also has a great presentation style and managed to get a room full of applicants trained and processed promptly. Your Woodland Park facility is also first class. It’s clean and welcoming. Most indoor ranges I’ve been to are dark and not user-friendly. GFH stands head and shoulders above the competition. Thanks again for offering this opportunity to the public to increase firearms safety and skills. I look forward to another class soon.
Kevin K., Member

First Steps Pistol

Length of Pistol Course: 4.5-5 hours
Location: Woodland Park Range. Mobile training for this class is also available.
Course Level: Starter (What’s this?)
Who teaches this course?  This course is taught by an NRA-certified firearms instructor, who was also trained and additionally certified with the trademark Gun For Hire immersion training system.

Course Description:  This is an awesome class to take with friends. If you didn’t know where to start, you’re at the right place. This class teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is about 4 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. You’ll learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the two-handed standing positions, and continued opportunities for skill development. If you didn’t understand anything you just read, don’t worry everyone is in the same boat. After the class, you will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and a course completion certificate.

Optional Florida CCW:
You have the option at check out to purchase the Florida CCW package. A Florida CCW will allow you to carry legally in 30 states. The CCW package includes the prints, notary and photos. We will also assist you with the application. All you need to do is mail the package to Florida along with the application fee.

Need a private or semi-private lesson to fit your schedule?  If you do not see a training date that suits your schedule, please contact us to make personal arrangements. Private or semi-private instruction is scheduled at your convenience with no waiting list. No prior experience or handgun ownership necessary. If you do not have a firearm yet, let us know and arrangements can be made. Please contact Jimmy at 888-486-3674, ext. 16 or

Once you have read the additional information below, if you still have any questions, please check out our FAQ Page.

  • Prerequisites: None. The material is suitable for all, including appropriately supervised, mature children. Minimum age is 8 years old.
  • To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.
  • Pistol knowledge, safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, fundamentals of pistol shooting, two-handed shooting position, firing the first shots, cleaning, storage, pistol sports and activities.
  • Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
  • This course satisfies practical requirements for the Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit.
  • If you do not have a firearm, no problem, a selection will be supplied during the class at no additional charge.
  • Have your own firearm? Great. Please bring it along.
  • Ammo: 22, 9, or 38 ammo is supplied. If you choose to bring a pistol and it uses a different caliber, please bring a box of factory ammo to use.
  • Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
  • This course is all inclusive: Class – Certificate – Materials – Range Time – Targets – Eye and Ear Protection.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing. No open-toed shoes.
Once you have taken this course here are a few other courses we recommend. If you’re not sure you’re ready just ask the instructor for a free personal consultation.
  • Next Steps Pistol
  • Next Steps Rifle
  • Next Steps Shotgun

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More Testimonials

Hi Jimmy, This is Christian Kovach. I took the NRA first pistol class on Tuesday afternoon with you. I wanted to thank you for allowing me to take the class with you. I also wanted to thank you for your great knowledge of the field. You we’re a great instructor and I will always recommend you in your facility to my friends and family. I want to future my skills with you guys. So please let me know when you or your staff is free. Thanks again.
Christian K., Member



Jimmy, thank you very much for an enjoyable and educational ‘first steps pistols class’ last week. You were extremely professional and made me feel very comfortable. I’m just starting the permit process here in Livingston, NJ and have begun researching the first pistol I’d like to buy. What would you recommend I look at (I’d like to buy both an automatic and revolver)? Here is what I’m looking to get out of a gun:- A fun, accurate range gun – Durable, easy to break down, simple – Something comfortable for big hands (I’m 6’3 and have big hands) Thanks!
Don, Member



Dear Anthony, I found the First Steps course to be a very lively and spirited one.It is refreshing to be among a group of people who cherish the right to own firearms. Our instructor, Robert Howe, knows guns like the back of his hand and was quite helpful. It was a pleasure meeting you, Anthony, and I’m glad you made that cameo appearance in the classroom. Hopefully, one day the State of New Jersey will come to its senses and adopt rational firearms legislation. And when it does, we can all thank the outspoken proponents of Second Amendment rights like yourself. My Florida CCW application went out in the mail yesterday. I look forward to my next course at Guns For Hire.
Zach V., Member



While the intention of my girlfriend and I was to enhance our shooting ability by taking some advanced courses at GFH, and with no prior training other than years of shooting, we were instructed to take the NRA First Steps Pistol. All I can say is how amazing the class was , our instructor Sai was extremely helpful in refining our stances and grip. Once on the firing line, he again took the extra time to help my girlfriend and help her become much more comfortable and accurate with her new gun. We can’t wait to take more classes at GFH.
John Morlino, Member



Anthony, Thanks for a great experience for my son and I. We attended you “First steps pistol” course with Sandy yesterday and it was great! My son has had an interest in competitive shooting for several years and finally got the opportunity to learn from the pros at your facility. Everyone we came in contact with was very supportive and my son and I learned alot. We are looking forward to visiting often. Thanks again to everyone there for a GREAT experience!!!
Kevin S., Member



Hello Jimmy, my name is Ethan Bernstein. My father and brother and I just took your first steps beginner’s pistol class yesterday. We loved it and knew we wanted to come take the next class immediately. We were told that the next class to take was called the GFH next steps pistol course. Now, I just looked online and saw that it said that these lessons are private and have to be set up, so we were wondering what the pricing for 1 person for this course is, so we can decide how soon we can take the next class. Get back to me when you get a chance. Thanks for your time and have a great day. Our instructor’s name yesterday was Ed. He was extremely kind and thorough and we really thought he did a great job.
Ethan, Member



Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks hopefully. Many thanks.
Peter, Member



 Anthony and staff, I truly enjoyed and was extremely impressed with the extensive wealth of knowledge and your dead on approach to teaching firearms, First Steps to me. You covered an enormous amount of information in a short period of time and your teaching techniques and interaction with the students was remarkable, honest, and sincere. Absolutely can not say enough about the no B.S. way you people do your instruction and run the whole Gun For Hire Teaching / Training facility . Totally professional, yet very friendly, and by far the best firearms instruction I have ever seen. I am looking forward to continuing my training in other classes you offer in the near future. Thanks again!
Scott H., Member