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General Defensive Handgun

$600 per student

In this class, students learn to use their handgun safely, quickly, and reflexively as is required in close-range high-speed defensive situations, and to understand the legal responsibilities of handgun use.

This course should be considered a minimum for anyone who owns or is considering carrying a handgun for self defense. General Defensive Handgun is also a prerequisite for all higher-level InSights handgun training.

Subjects Covered:
  • Firearms safety as it pertains to self-defense
  • The integrated act of firing: stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger press, follow through
  • Speed reloading, tactical reloading, clearing malfunctions
  • Rapid multiple shots on single targets, rapid engagement of multiple targets
  • Engagement of targets from the ready position, the draw, and the concealed draw
  • The proper tactical response to single or multiple opponent situations
  • Legalities concerning the use of deadly force (both criminal and civil), interactions with law-enforcement
  • Handgun types and modifications
  • Ballistics and ammunition selection as it pertains to the handgun
  • Holster selection, accessories
If you do not have a concealed weapons permit, here is a link to the WSP background check service. If you are not a WA resident, please find your state's equivalent service.
You may also register by calling [425] 827.2552 or by email


CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT or documentation of good character AND BRING THOSE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO CLASS. If you do not have a concealed weapons permit, here is a link to the WSP background check service. If you are not a WA resident, please find your state's equivalent service. You must be totally familiar and comfortable with your handgun. If you have never shot before or wonder how your gun works we recommend our Basic Handgun Safety and Responsibility class.

Required Equipment:

Reliable, functional semi-automatic handgun; Belt holster (rigid) with sturdy belt; pants with belt loops; 600 rounds of brass-cased, FMJ ammunition (minimum); minimum of 2 magazines and a magazine pouch; Concealment clothing; Hearing and eye protection

Dates & Locations

Bellevue, WA
October 7 - 08, 2023
Sold Out
Time: 8am - 6pm
Instructor: InSights Staff
November 18 - 19, 2023
Time: 8am - 6pm
Instructor: InSights Staff
December 2 - 03, 2023
Time: 8am - 6pm
Instructor: InSights Staff
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Student Testimonials

I've taken three courses at Insights so far, Basic Handgun, General Defensive Handgun and General Defensive Rifle. All three courses were taught with great professionalism and it was apparent that the safety of the students and the staff is of the utmost importance. I came to Insights with a small amount of informal training with my firearms and am amazed at how far my skills and confidence have grown in a relatively short period of time thanks to the fantasic instruction and coaching I've recieved. As the lone female student in two of my courses I appreciate that I'm treated the same as my male counterparts and I encourage other female shooters to avail themselves of this valuable resource for training. I'll be working my way through the course offerings every chance I get. Keep up the good work and I look forward to my next class!    ~ Maureen Pfaff, Port Angeles, WA
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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of gun should I bring?
We suggest bringing a handgun that is full size (similar to Glock 17) or compact size (similar to Glock 19).

Can I bring a small gun, such as S&W Shield, Ruger LCP or similar?
We do not recommend small guns for this class. Smaller, sub-compact guns are often not as reliable and are more difficult to manipulate. Also the magazines hold less ammunition. So your training time will be more frustrating and less productive.  

What holster should I bring?
Belt holsters only -- no drop-leg rigs, shoulder holsters, etc. And your holster should be made for your exact model of gun. We recommend the Kramer IWB#3 horsehide holster (with screws not snaps on the belt loops) or the Kramer Belt Scabbard horsehide holster. Also acceptable are Kydex belt holsters such as the Tenicor Arx or Certum, or Blade-Tech. No Blackhawk Serpa holsters allowed. Holsters must be rigid and stay open when the gun is not in them -- no collapsible holsters. No retention devices are required or recommended. Also, you must wear pants that have belt loops.

What belt and mag pouch should I bring?
Bring a gun belt such as the Kramer horsehide belt -- 1.25" or 1.5" works well. Kramer horsehide mag pouches are also recommended. Kydex mag pouches are acceptable. No collapsible mag pouches -- they should be rigid like the holsters and stay open when the mag is not in them.