Handgun Safety Course

The Hand Gun Safety Course is a course that is mandated by the CFO’s office in Ontario. The CFO requires that any individual that wishes to use a hand gun for target shooting ( the only reason the CFO’s Office will accept generally) are required to join a shooting club. They must then go through a mandatory safety course at the club so they can learn the safe handling practices of the club and demonstrate them. Only upon completing such a course the club can apply for an ATT (Authority To Transport permit) for the individual.

This ATT allows the individual to transport his restricted firearms to the club he is a member of, or to other authorized clubs in Ontario to which he has a written invitation. 

All these courses Start at 9:00am sharp on the assigned dates.

The course comprises several hours of classroom training, after which we take the students to the shooting ranges and everyone get an opportunity to shoot both revolvers and Semi-auto handguns while under the direct supervision of a training officer. 

This is not a marksmanship course, but a safety course with a distinct objective of ascertaining the individuals understanding of safe handling practices, as well as local club rules.

As this is an introductory shoot with all course attendees, it is brief. 

Students are welcome to bring coffee, non alcoholic drinks and snacks if they wish.  Soda’s and water are available from the club canteen.

The students are required to down load from our website the club rule book to bring and be able demonstrate a good understanding of it. 

Students are NOT TO BRING HANDGUNS OR ANY AMMUNITION (LIVE OR OTHERWISE) WITH THEM. 

They should also bring writing material as it will come in handy. 

Students should also wear clothing suitable for the weather as you will be outside part of the day. 

There is a test after the classroom training session. 

The fee for this course is $50.00 payable in advance in order to secure a spot on the course.

After completing this part of the course, students are required to do several one on one supervised shoot with one of the instructors. Usually this will be from 3 to 5 shoots but can be more in some circumstances.  These supervised shoots cost $20.00 each and will include a private instructor who will also provide a box of ammunition (50 rounds) and the firearms.  Keep in mind these instructors are volunteers, the $20 goes towards the ammunition and travel expenses.  The instructors provide the ammunition because of the different calibers they will use.  To buy this ammunition it would cost each student $15 to $50 a box depending on caliber, the student would need multiple boxes of the correct caliber so $20 per shoot saves the student time and money.

The purpose of these supervised shoots is to demonstrate good, safe handling practices and a good understanding of all the club rules. 

Once your instructor is satisfied that you a safe and competent with handguns he will sign off on the student, and he will advise the ATT person on the Board of Directors to submit your application for an ATT. (please note your instructor must be advised in advance if you do not already own a restricted firearm as we are not allowed to submit a request for an ATT for anyone that does not already own a restricted firearm.) 

It should also be noted that there is proposed legislation that if passed will mean your ATT will become attached to your restricted firearms license, but that will not change the fact that The Smiths Falls Fish and Game Club will require you to do this safety course before you are allowed to shoot handgun  on our ranges.

Once you have passed the Safety Course and have an ATT, the CFO requires that you sign-in at the range and shoot handguns at least once every six months to maintain your ATT.

 Then you wait!!!!! It can take 4-8 weeks to get your ATT and there is nothing you or we can do about it.

All safety courses are held at the Club facility and dates are posted on the handgun schedule on our website. 

Please note that those individuals wishing to participate in action shooting events at the club such as IDPA, IPSC or any others must first complete another course, the Holster Course, the dates of which are posted on the handgun schedule on the web Site.  Note to use a holster on our ranges you need the Holster Course.

Please note that those individuals wishing to participate in action shooting events at the club such as IDPA, IPSC or any others must first complete another course, the Holster Course, the dates of which are posted on the handgun schedule on the web Site.  Note to use a holster on our ranges you need the Holster Course.


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