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.

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