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1 2016 American Firearms Training Corporation Introduction to Handgun Safety Study Guide This study guide accompanies the AFT course, Introduction to Handgun Safety, and is designed to help you take focused notes. You may pause your progress after any quiz or exam, and your spot will be saved by the system. Print out this document, and follow along with the course while taking notes, and you will do great. Please feel free to periodically refresh your understanding of the information presented in the course, either by logging back in after completion, or referring to this document. Course Outline Introduction 2:16 Section 1 Handgun Parts and Operation 7:19 Section 1 Quiz Section 2 Ammunition 10:15 Section 2 Quiz Section 3 Using a Handgun Safely 10:31 Section 3 Quiz Section 4 Operating a Handgun 6:06 Section 4 Quiz Section 5 Cleaning, Storing, and Transporting a Handgun 6:57 Section 5 Quiz Section 6 Shooting Fundamentals and Position 4:59 Section 6 Quiz Final Exam Purchase and Print Certificate of Completion* * If you registered for Virginia, Iowa, Oregon, Wyoming, or Idaho, you will have the opportunity at the end of the course to purchase and print your completion certificate in order to apply for a concealed carry permit. For those who have not registered for one of those states, we can make the course certificate available for purchase if you need it for various other reasons. To request this, send an to 2016 American Firearms Training Corporation

2 Lesson 1: Introduction to Handgun Safety Section 1 Handgun Parts and Operation This section of Lesson One covers the general parts of a handgun, and how they operate. Your instructor for this entire lesson is AFT Shootsafe Master Instructor Ritchie, a law enforcement officer and SWAT tactical operative with fifteen years of firearms instruction experience. Each section of this lesson is followed by a quiz, and there is a final exam at the end. Take good notes, and you ll do great General There are five main types of pistols, the two main types covered in this course are the and the. The three main elements of most types of firearms are the,, and the. Inside the barrel is called the bore, and contains and raised areas called lands. These elements the bullet as it proceeds through the bore. The diameter of the bore matches the of ammo to be shot through it. The is comprised of moving parts that load, fire, and unload the firearm. Revolvers Revolvers operate by housing rounds in a rotating. The latch allows the cylinder to be opened to allow for loading, unloading, and cleaning. The two main types of revolver are the action and action. With a single action revolver, the trigger performs only one action,. With a double action revolver, the trigger can both and the pistol. Semi- Automatic Firearms Most semi- automatic firearms contain a spring- loaded. To learn about the controls on a specific firearm, consult the. 2

3 To load a semi- automatic, place the into the spring- loaded magazine. While loading a firearm, keep it pointed in a, with your finger off the. When a firearm is discharged, the pressure of the propel the bullet through the bore and force back the. To unload a semi- automatic firearm, keep it pointed in a with your off the trigger, and depress the button. You will then you will pull back on the and visually inspect the. Notes: 3

4 Section 2 - Ammunition This section covers ammunition types, functionality, and calibers. General The four major components of a modern cartridge are the,,, and. The case of most modern ammunition is made of. Percussion primers react to the impact of the by creating a spark, which ignites the powder charge. The two main types of primer are the center fire and the fire. Ammunition Caliber Size of ammunition is generally measured in or. Caliber refers to the portion of an that the bullet is in diameter. A.50 caliber round is an inch in diameter. Weight of a bullet is generally measured in. There are 7,000 in a pound. Types of Rounds The three main bullet shapes are rounds, rounds, and. Ball rounds are frequently referred to as rounds. Wadcutters are used for shooting at because of they nearly perfect hole they leave. are a type of ammunition that are used for self- defense and fragment when they hit soft tissue. Another name for the powder charge is the. A +P round is loaded to a pressure than common ammunition. 4

5 To determine if your firearm can handle +P rounds, consult your gun s. To ensure that you are using the correct ammunition, check the on the firearm, the ammunition came in, and the stamp. Never shoot or corroded rounds. The most produced round ever made is the. It is used for match shooting, and small game hunting. The most common revolver cartridge in the world is the. Specific Calibers of Ammunition The.357 generates relatively significant felt recoil. The magnum is commonly used for hunting medium- sized game. The.380 ACP is commonly referred to as the, and was made famous by James Bond. The is the most commonly used handgun self- defense caliber in the world and is a wonderful all- purpose caliber. The.40 caliber & is commonly referred to as the 40 caliber. The. ACP is one of the most popular self- defense rounds of all time. It was developed in 1904 by John Browning. Ammunition Malfunctions The three most common ammunition malfunctions are the, the, and the load. A fire is a discernable delay between when the trigger is pulled, and when the powder charge ignites. A is a failure of the cartridge to fire after the trigger is pulled. A load results from a development of less than normal pressure when the trigger is pulled. In the case of all three ammunition malfunctions,. 5

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7 Section 3 Using a Handgun Safely Section 3 is perhaps the most important section of the lesson, and covers best practices for maintaining safety around firearms. Most gun accidents are caused by or. The Big Three AFT Gun Safety Rules The three main gun safety rules are: 1. Always keep your firearm pointed in a. 2. Always keep your off the until ready to fire. 3. Always keep your firearm until you are ready to use it. Rule number one is designed to ensure that, even if an accidental discharge does occur, and can be avoided. Your will dictate where the safest direction will be. refers to keeping your trigger finger flattened against the frame of your firearm, to avoid contacting the trigger. The effect refers to the human physiological response that entails clenching the hand when startled. The response refers to the closing of one hand when the other is closed. Always keep your firearm unloaded because of the risk of it being discovered by or untrained. Additional AFT Gun Safety Rules AFT has developed additional safety rules, in addition to the big three. Know your target, and what is. Know how to use your gun. Be sure the gun is safe to. Use the correct for your gun. You can be sure you are doing this by matching the,, &. 7

8 Wear and protection whenever possible. Never shoot under influence of or. Including drugs. Shore guns so they are inaccessible to persons. Be aware that many shooting events require extra precautions. Never attempt to alter a firearm unless you are a. When handing a firearm to another person, ensure that it is in a. Store separately to ensure that there are no mix- ups. It is acceptable to store ammunition in the it came in. If a cartridge fails to fire,. When loading a semi- automatic firearm, always use the. Always comply with all local, state, and federal. Never rely on a gun s. Firing Range Safety and Protocol A range that allows for continuous firing is called a range. When a range is inactive, it is referred to as. The person in charge of the firing line is called the (RSO), or. Three of the range commands given by the RSO can be,, and. Notes: 8

9 Section 4 Operating a Handgun General This section of the course covers the operation of common handguns, including loading, firing, and unloading. When loading a firearm, always remember to keep direction, and keep your off the. Operating a Revolver To load the single action Dragoon pistol from the video, you must first pull the hammer back to a position called. To fire the single action Dragoon pistol from the course video, you must then pull the hammer back to. To unload a single action revolver, lower the hammer with your between the hammer and the firing block. This will allow the to spin freely. With a double action revolver, you can use the hammer to both and the pistol. Most double action revolvers have a cylinder, which aids in loading and unloading. To unload a double action, manipulate the latch. Operating a Semi- Automatic Handgun To load a semi- automatic, load the cartridges into the spring loaded. The area on the firearm that accepts the magazine is called the magazine. To chamber a round in a semi- automatic after the magazine has been inserted, you can pull back on the. To drop the magazine from a semi- automatic, depress the release button, and pull back the to ensure that any chambered rounds are expelled. Notes: 9

10 Section 5 Cleaning, Storing, and Transporting a Handgun This section covers general maintenance and storage of your firearm, as well as its transportation. Cleaning Proper cleaning of your firearm fosters and in your firearm. AFT recommends that you clean your firearm after and prolonged periods of. Safety Rules for Before You Begin Cleaning Before you begin cleaning, ensure that there is no present. While cleaning, ensure that there is no open, to include lit tobacco products. To clean a single action revolver, you must first remove the. To clean the bore, use a or. AFT recommends using solvent as possible, to prolong the life of your gun. After cleaning, make sure that you cover the moving parts of your firearms with using a patch. To clean a semi- automatic, you must first the pistol. To determine the proper procedure for field stripping your pistol, review your. Always clean a semi- automatic s barrel from the end. Storing & Transporting Among the many devices used to store firearms are,, and soft or hard. Most storage devices include to prevent damage to your firearm. Make sure that you store firearms away from. It is generally advisable to keep your firearm locked in a while traveling. 10

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12 Section 6 Shooting Fundamentals and Position This section covers basic shooting fundamentals, including hand & body position, and breathing. The six fundamentals of handgun shooting are:. The eye you should use to aim is called your eye. The second shooting fundamental is. When grasping a semi- automatic, it is important to not cover the back of the with your thumb. You should pull the trigger when you are at breath. Sight alignment refers to the relationship between the and sights of your pistol. When aiming, you should focus on. The sixth shooting fundamental is. This minimizes movement before the bullet leaves the barrel and ensures. Notes: 12

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