About the Study Guide

You are looking at the South Dakota 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.

The following interactive animation shows the complete loading and firing cycle of a typical single-action, semi-automatic handgun. A typical double-action, semi-automatic handgun would be similar, except that the hammer could be cocked by simply pulling the trigger, as well as by drawing back the slide.