A note to BEGINNING SHOOTERS (or anyone who wants to know "where do I start?")

Use the note below as a guide:


Dear Shooters,

Below we have laid out the progression that we recommend.

1). If you are brand new to shooting, start with a "First Time Holding A Gun" class in order to learn about parts of a gun, proper grip and stance, storing and/or carrying your gun, ammunition, and to shoot a .22 and 9 mm a couple times.

2). Once you've completed that class, we recommend range time. Ladies, we offer Ladies Only Shooting on Saturday from 8:30 to Noon and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00. It will only cost you $9 (plus ammo) and includes lane use, gun rental, eyes/ears and free instruction from qualified women. Email GretchenL@aphf.org with questions.

Guys, (and ladies) our Tactical Practical every Friday is also a great way to test and improve your skill.

We also offer a "Pre-CCW" class that is short (two hours) and designed to help you get comfortable holding and shooting a firearm in advance of your CCW class. 

3). Next, we recommend any of our Concealed Carry Classes. These include the following (look for them on the calendar below):

  • The 3-hour Basic Concealed Carry Class. This class offers one hour on gun-handling basics, one hour on the law and personal defense, and one hour of qualification time on the range. Cost: $55

  • The Handgun Defense Fundamentals and Concealed Carry class. This class covers the gun safety, proper grip and stance, concealed carry law and the fundamentals of self defense. Cost: $60 

  • A couple times each month we offer a USCCA Concealed Carry class, a more comprehensive approach to personal defense, concealed carry, gun handling, home defense and more. Cost: $60-$65

  • If you are over 50, we also offer periodic Senior CCW classes. For beginning Senior Shooters we offer the two-part Basic Senior CCW (taught on Sundays and Mondays) for $80 or the Intermediate Senior CCW for more experienced shooters, taught on Thursday mornings for $55.

  • The 2-hour CCW & Simulator class offered on Monday evenings packs a lot into a short class.

  • All other CCW classes featured on the calendar below are great opportunities, taught by Ken Corley, Gretchen Laiuppa, Bill Stasak, Clint Hannah, Dalton Daniels and others. We only list classes by vetted, approved instructors!

  • Looking for a Spanish-Only CCW? Contact Kenny Rivera or Gretchen Laiuppa. 

  • Did you know you can set up a private Concealed Carry class with four or more people? Email Tarae@aphf.org for more information.

4). After you complete a Concealed Carry class, you may want to take our Concealed Carry Follow-Up class that will prepare you for intermediate and advanced tactical training.

5). Also, once you complete your CCW class and Follow-Up class, we recommend a trio of classes taught by Radio Personality/trainer Royce Bartlett that are designed to refine your skills and prepare you for advanced training. These classes are: Precision Pistol Marksmanship, Defensive Pistol Marksmanship, and Concealed Carry Fundamentals.

6). And when you feel ready to push yourself out of your comfort zone, explore advanced tactical classes offered by an assortment of highly qualified instructors -- and be sure you stay tuned for unique training opportunities with some of the nation's premiere trainers, like Dave "Boon" Benton of Benghazi fame.


You can also set up specific classes for your office or group; or put together a group training package that includes a class, a museum tour, simulator time and MORE. Email Janey Hicks for commercial and group sales at JaneyH@aphf.org.  


SCROLL DOWN for Info on One-on-One Training!


Welcome to 


Safety Training
Education Program

Frequently Asked Question:

Q. Just got my CCW license. Do I need more training?

A. Short answer: YES! You've only scratched the surface. Poking holes in targets is a far cry from defensive shooting.

Learn how YOU and your equipment react under pressure. Learn it on the range under expert instruction...NOT in a street fight for your life!

Check the calendar class descriptions below and the syllabus for your next steps. Classes like "Precision Pistol Marksmanship," "Realistic Self Defense," "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals," and more are great options!

EMAIL an instructor for more information and to find out if you are ready for a class. Emails are listed under Instructor BIOs. 

One-on-One Training


If you'd rather have some more directed instruction, either before or after a class, most of our instructors offer one-on-one training. 

To schedule instruction time one-on-one, you may either email Tarae@aphf.org or email the instructor you specifically want to work with (click "Instructor Bios". Each bio has email). Instruction time is $45/hr for one and $75/hr for a couple. This may vary depending on the type of training you agree to with your instructor.

One-on-one instruction can be set up based on your schedule and budget.

We look forward to serving you!   

Florida Statutes
790 and 776:

Please read if you are applying
for a Concealed Carry License.

NOW an official Sig Academy Partner!

Check the calendar below for the world-class Sig Academy classes! Sig is partnering with our facility because our instructional and philosophical styles mesh. NOW you can learn from our highly skilled instructors AND from Sig's world-class personnel. A match made in heaven! To check out the Sig Sauer site, click HERE.

Want to ask an instructor about their class? Click HERE for all instructor bios/emails

Our NEW calendar includes BOTH STEP (civilian) classes and LEEP (law enforcement) classes, as well as Museum-related events or activities. All GREEN BOX classes are for law enforcement ONLY. All BLUE BOX classes are civilian/general public. Law Enforcement is encouraged to take Blue Box classes, as well (please inquire about LEO discounts.)

For all class related questions, email Tarae@aphf.org.