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.

Your hand position on the grip of a handgun is vital to hitting the target. Although the grip configurations of the revolver and the semi-automatic pistol are different, the gripping procedure is the same.

  • For a right-handed shooter, the right hand is the “strong” hand and the left hand is the “weak” hand. For a left-handed shooter, the strong and weak hands are reversed.
  • Hold the handgun high on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows better repeat shots and more accurate shooting.
    • With a semi-automatic, the rear extension of the frame limits how high your hand can be placed.
    • With a revolver, your hand might be able to hold onto the gun quite high.
Two-handed revolver grip