SAFTEA Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor

The SAFTD Instructor level courses are designed to teach the experienced shooter/instructor, how to present the SAFTD courses to the general public using the SAFTD MOI as a basis for instructional methods and techniques. This course also encompasses the proper running of the range portions of the class and the best practices for achieving the maximum amount of learning from the students.

handgun6The goal of the Second Amendment Foundation Training Division's “Defensive Handgun 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of handgun safety, various types of handguns, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a handgun – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Handgun 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to handguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Handgun 1 – Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Handgun”. These include but are not limited to:

  • handgun5Safe handling of your firearm.
  • Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  • Basic components of a Double Action Revolver.
  • Basic components of a Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Operation of a Double– Action Revolver
  • Operation of a Single and a Double Action Semi-Automatic Pistol.
  • Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  • 2-Handed and Single Handed Engagements
  • Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  • Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  • Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages
  • Progressive Shooting Drills
  • Definition of Cover and Concealment
  • Use of Cover
  • Selecting a Pistol and Ammunition
  • Cleaning and Maintain your Pistols

Required Equipment

  • A modern, serviceable, center-fire handgun
  • Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  • Strong Side Holster – For safety reasons on the range our classes will use Strong Side Holsters only! - (No cross draws, shoulder rigs, pocket holsters, ankle, appendix or small of the back carry). Blackhawk Serpa and similar holsters which require the use of the index finger to deactivate a retention device will not be used in SAFTD classes. The ONLY exception is for Law Enforcement & Military who are issued these types of holsters for duty use.
  • No pocket guns or holsters such as Keltec PF9, Ruger LCP etc. You will be presenting the gun from concealment and reholstering repeatedly. You need to be proficient at this task and have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed.
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol or Double Action Revolver .38 special or 9mm or above.
  • 250 - 350 Rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo such as RIP ammo etc.
  • Two extra functional magazines (semi-autos) or speed-loaders (revolvers)
  • Dual Magazine carrier optional but HIGHLY recommended.
  • Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  • Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Baseball Cap


  • Must posses outstanding firearm handling safety skills
  • SAFTD Methods of Instruction MOI within the last 2 years / (2 Days)
  • Liability Insurance with minimum of 1,000,000 coverage before your first class
  • SAFTD Range Officer Certification
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certification (National or State recognized organization)-(Must be up to date.)
  • Must take and pass the SAFTD Student level class.
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Resident with valid Green Card. (ITAR)
  • Must speak, write and understand English
  • Must be able to legally posses firearms under both Federal and State laws.

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.

This 3 day SAFTD Instructor Certification Workshop includes the following.

Day 1 - SAFTD (MOI) Methods of Instruction
Day 2 - SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1
Day 3 - SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor

Currently certified and insured firearms instructors with at least 2 years of verifiable defensive firearms teaching experience may apply for transfer of credits, and upon approval will be eligible for the 3 day version of the SAFTD firearms instructor certification course. Acceptable certifications include, but are not limited to the following certifications:

1. Rangemaster Certified Firearms Instructor
2. NRA LE Certified Firearms Instructor
3. State Licensed Certified Firearms Instructor
4. FBI Certified Firearms Instructor
5. FLETC Certified Firearms Instructor
6. State LE Certified Firearms Instructor
7. NRA Certified PPOTH Instructor
8. Any Federally Certified Firearms Instructor
9. LFI/MAG Certified Firearms Instructor
10. Sig, Glock, or S&W Certified Firearms Instructor
11. IALEFI Master Firearms Instructor

All other SAFTD requirements apply. (Medical, CEU's, Etc....)
Additional certifications not listed above, will be considered on a case by case basis.

PLEASE NOTE: If you think you qualify for the 3 day SAFTD Instructor Certification Workshop please email your qualifications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the State &  Date of this Class for approval, if approved we will email you a code for $250 off the class price.

Please check to see if your current Instructor Credentials qualify for the 3 day SAFTD Credit Transfer Program at http://www.saftd.org/instructor-courses/instructor-firearms-courses/saftd-instructor-courses


Starting March 3 & 4, 2018 - 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

This class includes (40 Hours of training):

2 Days of Methods of Instruction (16 Hours)  March 3 & 4th
1 Day Range Officer Training (8 Hours)  TBD
1 Day Handgun 1 Student Class (8 Hours)  TBD
1 Day Handgun 1 Instructor Course (8 Hours)  TBD

Upon completion of this class you will be able to teach Defensive Handgun 1, F.A.S.T. Handgun, Range Officer, and Skill Builder 1.

Cost: $700.00

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