Core Concept videos

Our Core Concept Videos help you learn the basics of handgun safety and operation.

When you're a new shooter, it's important to get an experienced instructor to help you with these videos. Don't try to learn to shoot by yourself until you're thoroughly familiar with firearms safety, and understand the basic operations of your handgun.

Core Concept 1 — The four basic rules of gun safety

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Rule 1 – Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  • Rule 2 – Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Rule 3 – Index your trigger finger until you are on target.
  • Rule 4 – Be certain of your target, and what is beyond it


Core Concept 2 — How a handgun works

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How ammunition is made
  • The parts of a semi-auto pistol
  • How semi-auto pistols work
  • How safeties work
  • How double-action revolvers work
  • The trade-offs between pistols and revolvers


Core Concept 3 — How to unload a handgun and make it safe to handle

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • The 5 steps for unloading a semi-auto pistol and making it safe to handle.
  • The 3 steps for unloading a double-action revolver and making it safe to handle.


Core Concept 4 — How to load a handgun and make it ready to shoot

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to load a semi-auto pistol and make it ready to shoot.
  • The correct way to operate the slide on a semi-auto pistol.
  • How to load a double-action revolver and make it ready to shoot.
  • Using speed loaders for pistols and revolvers


Core Concept 5 — How to hold, aim, and dry-fire a handgun

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to grip the gun like the jaws of a clamp.
  • The basic shooting stance and ready position that get you ready for anything.
  • How to aim your gun accurately by focusing on the front sight.
  • How to dry-fire practice at home using our Basic Dry-Fire Exercise.


Core Concept 6 — How to live-fire a handgun at the range

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Basic safety precautions at the shooting range
  • How to practice shooting using our Basic Live-Fire Exercise.
  • This is just our Basic Dry-Fire Exercise, combined with live rounds.
  • How to get the maximum training value out of your practice time at the range.


Core Concept 7 — How to present a handgun from the holster

IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to practice drawing from a holster with our 5-step Basic Holster Exercise.
  • How to draw from an outside-the-waistband holster.
  • The extra moves needed to draw from concealment.
  • Drawing from an inside-the-waistband holster concealed carry holster.


In production — coming soon

  • Core Concept 8 – How to select your first handgun
  • Core Concept 9 – How to clean your semi-auto pistol
  • Core Concept 10 – How to clean your double-action revolver




             

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