Introductory Ladies Handgun Course in Anchorage

Class Details

Woman learns to shoot at introductory handgun course in Anchorage.

Class Description

Ladies Beginner Handgun Class

This eight-hour class is designed for ladies with no previous experience handling handguns. Our goal is to make sure you are safe and confident, starting with the four rules of safety, giving you the foundational knowledge you need to handle your handgun, and developing your marksmanship. We want to empower you to defend yourself and your loved ones.

After a short presentation at our Alaska Tactical training room, we’ll spend the majority of the day at the range. Our first step will be a dryfire (no ammunition in gun) sequence that will familiarize you with your handgun. You’ll practice and know what each button and lever does, how to run the slide, and how to press check. We’ll show you the best stances and grips, then show you how to align your sights and press the trigger.

When you know how it all works, we’ll start shooting live rounds so you can develop your marksmanship. No stress if it’s not perfect at first, our qualified instructors are there to help. We’ll make sure you have plenty of time to practice your new skills.

You will leave this class with a solid base in safety, knowing how your handgun operates, and being able to hit your target. You will load, unload, and reload your weapon. Our instructors will show you everything you need to know, personalized to your handgun and your specific needs.


What People Say

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“The ladies-only defensive handgun was excellent. This was a great way to become familiar with firearm use, safety, and range protocol. All the staff were professional and helpful. A shout-out to Sue who patiently took us through a step-by-step methodical instruction on how to handle our firearm and feel confident… I highly recommend this class to all women.”

Joey Jigliotti

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“I cannot say enough good things about Alaska Tactical. I went there as a novice years ago. Since then I have been a regular customer; have taken many of the various, excellent classes; have referred family and friends; and will continue to be a customer and a student…”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Fantastic group of people. I purchased a firearm and have taken two classes and multiple private lessons. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend this company.”

Jenn Graham

Class Details


  • One day
  • This 8-hour class runs one Monday per month, starting at 8am


  • $250.00 (class, plus handgun rental and ammunition)
  • $160.00 (class only)
  • Costs include range fees


  • Learn to handle the firearm safely
  • Find out how your handgun operates and learn to use the weapon system (this includes loading, reloading, and unloading)
  • Understand the trigger pull and reset
  • Practice a strong shooting stance and grip
  • Learn about sight alignment and front sight focus
  • Develop confidence


  • No previous experience is necessary
  • Participants must have a concealed carry permit, law enforcement or military identification, or a valid State of Alaska background check
  • Good attitude
  • Minimum 20 years of age (can be discussed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather, including a ball cap, closed-toe footwear, and ear and eye protection to ensure your safety
  • Bring a brown-bag lunch and water
  • Completed application for training


  • Additional requirements for those bringing their own firearm:
  • 9mm or larger semi-automatic handgun (no subcompact handguns)
  • Strong-side, good quality external hip holster, magazine pouch, minimum of three magazines (a double-magazine pouch is preferred)
  • At least 250 rounds of ammunition

We Look Forward to Seeing You at the Range