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.

A firearm is a mechanical device that uses pressure from a burning powder to force a projectile through and out of a metal tube.

Handguns are short firearms that are designed to be held in one or two hands while being fired. Here are the three basic types of handguns.

Single-shot pistol


Semi-automatic pistol

To appreciate fully the importance of handgun safety, you first must understand how handguns work. This includes knowing the parts of the handgun, the types of ammunition, how ammunition is fired, and the ranges of handguns.