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.

If your shots do not hit where you were aiming, you may need to adjust your shooting technique.

For help, you can use a diagnostic target like those based on information from the U.S. Army's Marksmanship Unit Training Guide.

  • Typical targets are divided into sections labeled with information such as:
    • Having too little (or too much) trigger finger
    • Jerking or slapping the trigger
    • Gripping too tightly while pulling the trigger
  • These targets work best when shooting from a distance of 25 feet.
  • After shooting, you check the target to see what might have kept your shots from hitting the bull's-eye.
  • Diagnostic targets can be downloaded and printed from the Internet. They are available for both right-handed and left-handed shooters.