About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington 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.

As you aim your handgun, follow these guidelines.

  • When using an open sight, focus on the front sight. The target and the rear sight should appear blurred or fuzzy.
  • If you are a beginner, aim at the bottom center of the bull’s-eye. This is known as the “six-o’clock hold” because the location matches six o’clock on the face of an analog clock.
  • Aim with your dominant eye, but keep both eyes open. This will give you more light and better depth perception.
  • Realize that you cannot hold the handgun completely still while aiming. To reduce the amount of movement, rest between shots and do not grip the gun too tightly.
Aiming a handgun