About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed National Handgun Safety Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Course Completion Certificate.

Learn More Register for the Course

To grip a handgun properly:

  • Grasp the gun under the frame and trigger guard with your weak hand. Do not cock the gun, and do not touch the trigger.
  • Open your strong hand so that your thumb and index finger form a “V.”
  • Place the “V” as high on the frame as possible so that the grip of the gun rests firmly in the palm of your strong hand.
  • Curl your fingers around the gun's grip with your index finger extended along the side of the gun and off the trigger.
One-handed handgun grip