Training FAQ's

What is a handgun fitting?

If you have never fired a handgun we recommend you attend one of our First Steps Pistol Orientation Classes. Once you have been through this course and are interested in purchasing a handgun, the next step would be to get “fitted” for one. The term “fitted” means to match a gun with your size, strength and abilities.

During a fitting, we will match you with various suitable handguns for your physical stature. Our NRA Certified Pistol Instructor will then supervise you during live fire of these handguns on our private range. You or your group will be the only ones there. You will begin with an orientation and safety briefing of each handgun followed by actually shooting each handgun we have chosen. We will begin with a very low power handgun that has little noise and no recoil and progress upwards in power until we find the maximum power handgun you can handle safely and accurately.

Once we determine this, several recommendations can then be logically determined based on your primary intended use for the firearm. What do we mean by “primary intended use”?

Simply put, if your primary use is for concealed carry in public then we must take that into account when selecting a handgun. If you’re only interested in home defense then that must be taken into consideration as well and additional options then become available.

You must be 18 to be fitted and 21 to purchase any of the handguns.

Any firearms we recommend may be priced and purchased from us as we are Federally Licensed Firearm dealers. We are here to serve you.

Is there a minimum age requirement to attend the "NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation" class?

The NRA does not have a minimum age requirement. It is left up to the individual trainer and the parents of anyone under the age of eighteen. Our NRA certified trainers will allow attendance and participation of individuals under the age of eighteen on a case by case basis. Contact us for details.

Can anyone take a firearms class?

Federal Law prohibits anyone in the following nine categories form handling, possessing or operating firearms:

Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.

  1. Is a fugitive from justice.
  2. Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
  3. Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.
  4. Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States or an alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa.
  5. Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  6. Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his or her citizenship.
  7. Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner.
  8. Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

In order for Black Widow Arms to allow handling and firing of any of our firearms, we must ask you to certify that you are NOT a prohibited person as defined above.

Do I need to own a firearm in order to take a training class?

For the FIRST STEPS PISTOL ORIENTATION class the answer in NO. We will provide one at no extra charge. Ammunition for the handgun would have an additional charge.

Can I bring my own handgun and ammunition to training class?

Yes. On the day of the class, your handgun must be checked in with your instructor when you arrive and will be given back to you during the various exercises. Safety is always our primary concern when handling firearms.

NO LIVE AMMUNITION IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  If you’re bringing your own ammunition, leave it in your car.