First Steps Class- A Handgun Introduction

Welcome to First Steps!

At Carolina Sporting Arms, our guides know the biggest challenge for you is just getting started. The First Steps class makes getting started easy.

Firearm Type: Handgun | Skill Level: Beginner | Location: Charlotte, NC | Cost: $45.00/person 


Awesome Staff. Took a training session with an instructor. Very knowledgeable and attentive to assist in growing skills. Would Absolutely Recommend this to anyone wanting to learn or improve their weapons handling.

– Paul S.

First Steps Class in Charlotte, NC

We have helped hundreds of people progress from never shooting a gun before to becoming comfortable, skilled shooters. Carolina Sporting Arms wants you to be prepared, feel safe and able to enjoy a new sport. We’re confident you will thrive from our guided educational opportunities and feel empowered from the experiences provided. First Steps is a classroom-based orientation to build your training foundation. This is a lecture and hands-on course that does not include live-fire.

*No live ammo allowed in the class*

The knowledge given was perfect. Will definitely be back soon.

– Vasslon I.

During a First Steps 90-minute class you will receive formal exposure to:

  •    – Safe gun handling, safety rules and guidelines
  •    – The different handgun types and why you would prefer one over the other
  •    – Proper handgun grip, stance and other fundamentals
  •    – Popular terms used in the shooting sports and basic functions of a handgun
  •    – How to safely load and unload a handgun
  •    – Understanding of the local requirements for purchasing and owning a firearm
  •    – Introduction to shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest

The program provides you with a comprehensive introduction to shooting a handgun by certified instructors that includes:

  •    – Firearm safety
  •    – Local ownership requirements
  •    – Shooting fundamentals
  •    – Hands-on instruction
  •    – How and where to continue training with your next class

“It was perfect!”

– Kelley J.



In the rare instance we do not have a minimum of 3 participants; we may reschedule students to the next class that complies with the student’s schedule. Rescheduled students will have priority for the next scheduled class.
You deserve access to your instructor, which is why a low student to instructor ratio is capped. Small classes ensure your training needs are met and offer you a personal, guided training experience.
Photo ID is required to shoot on the range.

CSA wants everyone to be safe. CSA will attempt to notify anyone registered for a class that is cancelled due to inclement weather as soon as the decision is made. Each participant will be notified via email, text message, and/or a phone call. CSA will also announce the cancellation on our social media outlets. CSA will not issue a refund for the class or event due to inclement weather but will reschedule the course or student for another time.

CSA does not offer refunds on training or events if you are unable to attend or change your mind. CSA will be happy to reschedule you in a later class or event or give you store credit to be used for another class, store merchandise, or range time.
If you choose to cancel or reschedule, CSA requires at least 72 hours’ notice in order to make room for others who may be waiting to attend.

Thank you
– CSA Guns

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