About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Connecticut Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Padded, Soft-Sided Case (Pistol Rug)

Advantages:

  • Light, easy to handle and store
  • Less costly than hard cases

Disadvantage:

  • Less protection than hard-sided cases
Padded handgun case
Material: Canvas, nylon, neoprene, polyester, or leather

Lockable, Hard-Sided Case

Advantages:

  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • Meets airline standards
  • Can include deep foam padding that holds handgun in place and cushions impact
  • Composite models can be molded to fit handgun
  • Available in waterproof models

Disadvantage:

  • Bulkier and costlier than soft-sided cases
Lockable handgun case
Material: Aluminum or composite

Range Bag

Advantages:

  • Holds handgun(s), ammunition, magazines, and accessories in separate padded sections
  • Keeps all equipment in one location for transporting it easily to the firing range

Disadvantage:

  • Not for use as a storage location since the handgun(s) and ammunition would be stored together
Range bag
Material: Nylon, leather, polyester, or canvas

Holster

Advantages:

  • Often used as a second case to carry a handgun from a vehicle into an outdoor shooting area
  • Come in variety of styles, letting you select the one that meets your needs and personal comfort

Disadvantages:

  • Must get your handgun first and then get a holster to fit the gun
  • Usually requires some type of carry permit
Handgun holster
Material: Leather, nylon, or combination of materials

Gun Sock

Advantages:

  • Lightweight protection from dust, dirt, and moisture
  • Offered in camouflage
  • Often used as a second case to carry a firearm from a vehicle into a hunting area

Disadvantage:

  • Minimal protection from elements or impact
Gun sock
Material: Durable stretch fabric (polyester/acrylic) or soft pile materials