New Shooter Training

Sparrow Defense conducts basic firearms training by appointment throughout the week at the Athens Gun Club. Additionally, we offer a limited number of outdoor group classes for new shooters throughout the year.

All of our training options teach safety and proper gun handling. Additionally, courses cover the legal issues surrounding firearm ownership and use, including laws related to carrying firearms and using them for self-defense.

Students may elect to attend:
  • Private Lessons (closed group indoor training for 1-4 people)
  • Introduction to Defensive Firearms (open-enrollment course at an outdoor range)
  • Private Courses for larger groups (Contact Us to learn more)

Lesson Options

Private Training
$150.00+
Ammunition in .22LR and use of all firearms is included in the cost of this training.


This is a 3+ hour block of instruction for individuals or private groups. The cost of the Private Instruction is $150.00 for a single student, plus the range fee paid to the training location. When attending as part of a small group of 2 to 4 students, the per-student price is $125.00 per person. This pricing allows families and friends to attend training together at a discounted rate.

FOR BASIC INSTRUCTION, topics will include:

  • Georgia carry and self-defense law
  • Parts and maintenance of pistols
  • Fundamentals of shooting
  • Communicating with law enforcement
  • Live fire exercises on the range

Students will shoot revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, and pistols equipped with miniaturized pistol optics. This will provide an overview of most popular pistol types on the market. The lesson cost includes the use of all firearms and ammunition in .22 long rifle. Students are responsible for any range fees and the cost of ammunition larger than .22 caliber if they choose to shoot those firearms.

Students seeking to purchase their first firearm may use any of the 50+ range guns to determine what firearm is appropriate for his/her needs. Students with personally-owned firearms are encouraged to use that gun during training. Please note that the student is responsible for the cost of ammunition above the caliber of .22 LR.

FOR ADVANCED INSTRUCTION, please contact us to discuss the content you want to work on. Generally, those areas include:

  • Defensive pistol skills
  • Holster work
  • Weapon retention
  • Shooting on the move
  • Rifle / Shotgun manipulations
  • Other topics as agreed upon

Please note that we train to a STANDARD and not a time. The lesson may go longer (free of charge) if the instructor feels that the learning objectives have not been met and the student is willing to stay longer.


The lesson cost includes the use of all firearms and ammunition in .22 long rifle. Students are responsible for any range fees and ammunition that is not .22 caliber.
Introduction to Defensive Firearms
$200.00
Ammunition is included in the price of this course for all instructor-provided firearms (pistols, semi-auto rifles, and shotguns).

This course is four hours in length and covers the same material found in our Private Lessons for new shooters. However, the outdoor location allows for some added content.

In addition to pistols, this course will also teach the basics of using semi-automatic (AR-15 style) rifles and pump-action shotguns. Pistols chambered in .22 caliber will be provided, along with ammunition. The AR-style rifle will also be chambered in .22 caliber for the purpose of teaching the mechanics of use. The shotgun used will be a 12-gauge loaded with reduced recoil 00 buckshot.

Students who already own firearms may bring them with you for use during the lesson. You will need to provide your own ammunition for your personal firearms.

The lesson cost includes the use of all firearms and ammunition in .22 long rifle.

Students should bring ammunition for any personally-owned firearms they wish to use in the class. Students should also bring eye and hearing protection.

Hourly Coaching Sessions
$75.00 / hour
Students who have already completed a group course or private lesson may elect to take a follow-on session at a later time. This option is only available to individuals who have completed a full three hour session or one of our Group Courses.

This option is popular among individuals attempting to refine a specific aspect of of shooting or reach a specific benchmark.

Lesson cost includes the use of all firearms and ammunition in .22 long rifle. Students are responsible for the targets, range fee, and additional ammunition (not .22 LR).