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Handgun Training Courses

OUR PHILOSOPHY & BELIEF – The Second Amendment guarantees us the RIGHT to own and bear arms.

However, we view firearms ownership as a tremendous responsibility that goes beyond a right.

We base this philosophy on the reality that your safety and the safety of others may very well depend upon this responsibility. We at the Tactical Training Center want to guide you through this decision and assist you in safely implementing firearms into your life. The safe and appropriate use of a firearm requires skills and, if ultimately used to protect a life, sound judgment.

Preparation and skill development are the key; we take this seriously. Our citizen training programs are specifically designed for the individual person who has made the choice to safely prepare and one day possibly defend themselves with a firearm. Each of our courses have incorporated the underlying philosophy that firearms skills are acquired in a progressive manner; through instruction, skill development, assessment, and re-assessment.

Here at the TTC we have the best instruction available to you. All of our instructors are either current or retired N.J. police officers possessing Firearms Instructor Certifications. Many have a background in SWAT operations and law enforcement Special Operations. Train with us and you’ll have the confidence in knowing that you are well prepared!

Handgun Curriculum

Please note: A student may be able to test out of TTC course prerequisites, by completion of a similar course and satisfactorily demonstrating the appropriate level skill set to a TTC Instructor. This assessment is by appointment only. Please contact the Director of Training, Scott Lessig at 908-968-4855 for further details.

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

This is the new NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course which introduces the student to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Through this course, the students will learn about pistol parts (nomenclature) and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and pistol shooting activities. The Basic Pistol Course will also help prepare the students for participation in other NRA courses. You must register and perform the Phase I online material through the NRA website, and then attend the range portion of the course which is Phase II, conducted at the TTC.
Prerequisite: None
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $250.00

TTC Basic Handgun, Handgun 101

This is an introductory course for the new owner/user. This course provides the new handgun user with the fundamental principles of how handguns function, ballistic information, how handguns are safely and effectively operated, and basic marksmanship skills. The course will include classroom sessions and live-fire range time. At the conclusion of the course, each student will be assessed and provided with information on how to maintain their newly acquired skills. As a result of this course, the new handgun user will be better informed and trained on how to properly select and use a firearm. All necessary equipment, including firearm rentals are included.
Prerequisite: None
Duration: One 4-hour session
Cost: $195.00

TTC Basic Handgun 101 for Women

This is an introductory course for the new female handgun owner/user. This class is similar to the TTC Basic Handgun 101 but includes additional information and was designed specifically for women.  Because handgun manufacturers design and build firearms for the masses, this may create some obstacles when selecting, operating and shooting a handgun, with smaller hands.  This course was designed to show both conventional and alternative means of selection, operation and use of a handgun.  As a result, the new female handgun user will be better informed and trained on how to properly select and use handgun. All necessary equipment, including firearm rentals are included with the cost of the course.
Prerequisite: None
Duration: One 4-hour session
Cost: $195.00


This course is for the Basic Handgun graduate, who desires additional work on their shooting skills foundation. The primary concentration will be on the continuing development of handgun marksmanship and handgun operation. This is a great course to increase your marksmanship skills. Let our instructors show you the handgun operation and marksmanship short-cuts.  We will also help identify and correct marksmanship errors.  This course requires a handgun, at LEAST 3 magazines or 2 speed-loaders, eye/ear protection and a long-sleeve crew-neck type shirt. At least 200 rounds of ammunition are required.
Prerequisite: TTC Basic Handgun 101, NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting, or a similar basic handgun course.
Duration: One 2-hour session
Cost: $95.00

Defensive Handgun 210

This is an advanced class for the handgun user, who has established marksmanship skills. Here the user will continue to develop a skill set for handgun operation and accuracy under stress. Immediate action drills, precision shooting, and the foundations of self-defense will be taught. Timed live-fire shooting drills and assessments will be the primary method of instruction. The user will build upon the platform of instruction given at Basic Handgun courses. Introduction to drawing from a holster, reloading, malfunction identification and immediate action drills will also be taught. The student should provide their own handgun, at least three magazines, a holster, range safety gear, and 400 rounds of ammunition.
Prerequisite: NRA Basic Pistol, TTC Basic Handgun 101
Duration: Three 2-hour sessions
Cost: $225.00

Defensive Handgun 320 – Handgun Home Defense

This class is a combination of legal use of force information, handgun operating skills, tactics and other important information.  This course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for defending oneself and their family, in their home.  The classroom session will provide information such as the legal application of force (both deadly and non-deadly force options), firearm terminal ballistics, 911 and police interaction, and the tactical use of a handgun.  The range portion of the course will provide a foundation for low-light shooting techniques, defensive handgun skills and non-lethal force options.  The student should provide their own handgun, the gun safe or case that they use in their home, at least three magazines and a flashlight with a pressure release switch or preferably a firearm mounted flashlight, Eye/Ear protection and range appropriate clothing.  400 rounds of ammunition are also required.
Prerequisite: Defensive Handgun 210
Duration: Three 2-hour sessions
Cost: $225.00

Defensive Handgun 435 – Close Quarter Defense

This is a “no-holds-barred” course focusing on close quarter battle, self-defense and the defense of others within close proximity. All of the skill sets obtained in the previous classes will be incorporated into this class.  The emphasis will be on armed and unarmed self-defense, handgun retention, immediate action drills, movement, Use of Force situations, and shooting at extreme close distances from different positions and environments. A handgun, firearm-mounted flashlight, holster, long-sleeved crew neck, eye/ear protection, knee and elbow pads are optional, at least three magazines and 500 rounds of ammunition.
Prerequisite: Defensive Handgun 320
Duration: Three 2-hour sessions
Cost: $225.00

Firearm training courses offered at the Tactical Training Center: