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.

March 18, 2020

Today, the mayor announced closure of the range through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As such, the March and April fun shoots and the April LIFE class will be cancelled.  We will update the calendar of events as soon as we have more information.

April 21, 2020

Today, the mayor extended the closure of the range through the end of May—all May classes are cancelled.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.  Be safe and take care.


2020 Schedule of Classes


  • Jan 12 – Fun Shoot

  • Jan 26 – LIFE Class

  • Feb 9 – LIFE Class

  • Feb 23 – Fun Shoot

  • Mar 8 – Organized Shoot

  • Mar 14 & 15 – Gun Show

  • Mar 22 – Fun Shoot – CANCELLED

  • Apr 12 – LIFE Class – CANCELLED

  • Apr 26 – Fun Shoot – CANCELLED

  • May 10 – LIFE Class – CANCELLED

  • May 24 – Fun Shoot – CANCELLED

  • Jun 14 – LIFE Class – CANCELLED

  • Jun 28 – Fun Shoot – CANCELLED

  • Jul 11 & 12 – Shooting Sports Fair – CANCELLED


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.

Lessons in Firearms Education