Pistol Class & Firearm Training

Essential Pistol Class | Handgun 101

$95 per Person | 4 Hours

Essential Pistol Craft is our basic pistol class, introducing students new to handguns to firearm training. Class covers a range of topics specific to handguns, beginning with general safety rules and ownership information. Fundamentals of handgun anatomy and terminology, basic ballistics, and shooting techniques are all covered, for both pistols and revolvers.

At the end of class, students practice with a variety of handguns. Students are welcome to bring their own gun(s) to class for practice. Vixen also provides guns ranging from .22 caliber to .45 caliber in both pistols and revolvers. Live-fire is done at a private, indoor shooting location. There is no range fee.

Although there is a live-fire portion, the Essential Pistol class is mostly classroom, learning about handguns. Students gain a solid knowledge of handgun operation. Learning technical and functional differences between handguns and how to select a firearm that’s right for your needs are the main goals of this class.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Targets
  • Pistol Use & Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection

Must be 18 years old to attend. There are no prerequisites for this pistol class. Perfect for beginners or experienced shooters looking for more technical knowledge.

Practical Pistol Class | Handgun 102

$100 per Person | Private Only

The Practical Pistol Class follows the Essential Pistol Class and is the application of classroom concepts of shooting fundamentals. Class begins with loading and clearing techniques and exercises. Students will master grip, stance and trigger press, and learn to control recoil and torque. Training is provided on both point-shooting and sight usage.

The live-fire will include multiple firearms, both pistol and revolver, ranging in caliber so students can experience differences in fit and feel.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Targets
  • Pistol Use & Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection

Must have taken Essential Pistol Class.

Firearm Familiarization

$100 per Person | 2 Hours

Want to know more about your gun? Bring it in, along with a box of ammunition! We’ll teach you the particular pros and cons of your make and model of gun. Class will show you to take it apart and clean it, the parts of the gun and what possible attachments or accessories may be available to you.

We will have a live-fire portion so you can become comfortable with your gun’s little quirks in grip, trigger press, slide/cylinder cycle and recoil.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Targets
  • Eye & Ear Protection

Principles of Gun Defense | Fighting Pistol 101

$125 per Person | 4 Hours

The first Fighting Pistol class begins with an overview of safety concepts and typical reactions to danger. We’ll discuss the different types of defensive situations and how to choose the right tactical response to each. Practical questions of how to choose and carry the right weapon for each situation and how to determine the most likely problem you’ll encounter are all addressed.

Finally, class will explore how to properly use a gun in a fight. Fundamentals of grip and trigger press are established. We’ll work on proper draw stroke based on how you carry and using sights to best advantage. You’ll learn how to handle a jam or malfunction during a gun fight, as well as basics of disabling or disarming an armed assailant.

This is a cold-range course that gets you comfortable and safe in advanced handling of a pistol before doing it live. After you’ve taken Principals of Gun Defense, you can take Practical Gun Defense where live-fire will be included.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Equipment for Use
    • Laser Guns
    • Training Pistols
    • Holsters
    • Laser Targets

Must have a MN Carry Permit.

Practical Gun Defense | Fighting Pistol 102

$125 per Person | 2 Hours

The second Fighting Pistol class applies the concepts learned in Principles of Gun Defense. Beginning with a safety brief, this course jumps right into the live-fire portion of shooting off a draw, speed shooting, and tactical and speed reloads. We’ll practice accuracy under stress, hitting a moving target and reducing collateral damage.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Pistol Use & Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • Holsters for Use
  • Targets

Must have taken Principles of Gun Defense.

Instructor Certification | Trainer for Pistol Class and MN Carry

$750 per Person | 2 Days | By Invite Only

Vixen is licensed to train pistol instructors. As an authorized instructor, you will be able to teach MN Carry Permit and various Pistol classes. This certification is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Instructor candidates will learn all relevant subject material. Fundamentals of gun anatomy and function, as well as shooting principles and basic ballistics will all be mastered. Legal understanding of Minnesota and national gun standards will be learned, including how to keep up-to-date on changes to policy and incorporating those changes into your classes.

This class also trains educational techniques—including public speaking, types of learning, and presentation methods. How to identify and address specific student needs and boundaries is emphasized.

Class Price Includes:

  • All Course Materials
  • Pistol Use & Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • Holsters for Use
  • Targets

Must have a valid MN Carry Permit. Instructors represent Vixen Defense and are held to the highest standards. Training to become a Vixen instructor is at our discretion and we reserve the right to refuse training or certification to anyone.