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.

Use a two-handed hold whenever possible, applying pressure from front to rear with your strong hand and from side to side with your weak hand.

  • The two-handed hold is typically more stable than a one-handed hold.
  • To use a two-handed hold:
    • Follow the previous steps to grip the gun with your strong hand.
    • Wrap your weak hand around your fingers on the strong hand.
    • Place your thumb on your weak hand over or beside your thumb on your strong hand so that it is roughly parallel to the barrel of the handgun.
  • To improve your steadiness and accuracy, push forward with your strong hand and pull with your weak hand.
  • When using a two-handed grip with a semi-automatic, NEVER cross the thumb of your weak hand behind the slide and hammer. Doing so may result in painful injury when the slide is pushed back by recoil.

On both revolvers and semi-automatics, make sure you place the part of your hand between your thumb and index finger in an area on the gun's grip where your hand will not be pinched or cut by the hammer during recoil.

Two-handed handgun grip