Handgun Safety Classes

LIFE offers monthly handgun safety classes. To attend, you must:

  • not be a fugitive from justice,
  • not have been convicted of a felony,
  • not be a user of illegal drugs,
  • never have been committed to a mental institution,
  • not have been dishonorably discharged from the US armed forces,
  • not be an illegal alien,not be subject to a TRO, and
  • not be convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence.

Minors as young as 12 years old are welcome, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Class cost is $150 per student. Failure to attend forfeits your payment. You may reschedule for a $25 fee, provided you contact the instructor at least 3 days prior to the class.

We are no longer taking paper applications and all registration for courses are to be made online. If you have any questions please call 396-LIFE.


2019 Schedule of Classes


  • January 13 – Private Shoot
  • January 27 – LIFE Class
  • February 24 – LIFE Class
  • March 10 – LIFE Class
  • March 16 – 17, 2019 – Great Guns Gun Show
  • March 24 – Fun Shoot
  • April 28 – LIFE Class
  • May 26 – Private Shoot
  • June 9 – LIFE Class
  • June 23 – Fun Shoot
  • July 20 – 21 – Shooting Sports Fair
  • August 11 – SSF Thank You BBQ
  • August 25 – Fun Shoot
  • September 22 – HRA Annual Meeting
  • September 28 – 29 – Great Guns Gun Show
  • October 27 – LIFE Class
  • November 10 – Fun Shoot
  • November 10 – FNRA Dinner
  • November 24 – LIFE Class
  • December 29 – Instructor Competition


Some of our classes and all of our shooting activities are conducted outdoors at the Koko Head Shooting Complex. LIFE will provide all firearms and ammunition as well as any class materials needed. Be sure you bring:

  • eye protection (sunglasses or prescription glasses are fine)
  • hearing protection if you want to use something other than the soft ear plugs LIFE provides students
  • long pants (no shorts)
  • close-toed shoes (no slippers or sandals)
  • tight neck t-shirt or collared shirt (no tank tops, no bare shoulders)
  • baseball cap
  • sunscreen
  • sack lunch
  • your photo ID


LIFE classes follow the outline of the NRA First Steps Pistol class, with the addition of a section on Hawaii firearms laws and a mandatory live fire session to comply with Hawaii law. You will learn about:

  • the common types of handguns (revolver, semi-auto, single action, double action)
  • how to load, operate, and unload each type of ammunition, how it works, how to identify it, what can go wrong
  • 2 hours of live fire training
  • how to store your firearms and ammunition
  • how to legally and safely transport your firearms and ammunition
  • what activities are available to shooters here

Our volunteer instructors will bring a variety of guns for you to try. A typical class has between 30-50 handguns to shoot, covering the entire gamut from small to large, old to new, simple to complex, affordable to expensive. This is an excellent opportunity not only to learn how to safely use a firearm, but to test drive a wide variety of pistols.

Upon successful completion of this class you will receive an affidavit in the mail. This affidavit is required to purchase a handgun in Hawaii. We can usually process and send out the affidavit within a couple of weeks, but it could take as long as 4-6 weeks.