Basic Handgun Safety & Marksmanship

Unfortunately, Chabot Gun Club’s lease was not renewed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the marksmanship range is now permanently closed. We thank all of our tens of thousands of patrons for your support for more than fifty years at this important facility. There are no plans to open up at another location at this time, although we still are open to suggestions.

Basic Handgun Safety & Marksmanship (BHSM)

A one day class promoting the safe and accurate use of the modern handgun.

When:  On Saturdays as scheduled most months.

New Time:  8:29 am to 5 pm. Please try to be here by 8:20!

Where:  Start at the Cleckner Building at the far end of the range (by the trap fields).

Cost:  $125.00   Firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection are included.

Schedule 2016 

     Jan 23      Feb 27     March 26      Apr 24

     May 28         Jun 25         Jul 23             Aug 27

     Sep 24          Oct 22         Nov 26            Dec 24


Sign up: Please call the office at (510) 569-0213 to register and pay in advance.

Classes are limited to 16 students and usually are full well before the day of the class. Payment by credit card can be made over the phone.

Chabot Gun Club will not knowingly train anyone in this class who cannot legally be in possession of handguns. Students must be 21 years of age or must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Foreign Nationals need to have a Green Card or a Hunting License in their possession.

Instruction will cover:

    A brief history of firearms

    Handgun design and types 

    Fundamentals of safety

    Fundamentals of accuracy

    Defensive mindset 

    Ammunition types

    How to hold

    How to stand

    How to load and unload

    How to shoot safely and accurately

    How to clear basic jams and malfunctions

Primary Instructor:  John M. Maunder, Senior Rangemaster, Chabot Gun Club, Inc.

Additional instructors and coaches are added as needed to give every student individual attention.

BHSM is an excellent way to start shooting or to tune up your marksmanship skills. The class is comprised of approximately 3 1/2 hours of classroom theory, 2 hours hands-on manipulation with dry-fire instruction and one and a half to two hours of live-fire experience.

BHSM certificates are accepted by several sheriffs’ departments for the educational component of their concealed carry permit applications. BHSM graduates should keep their BHSM certificates in a safe place.

Although this class can be taken as preparation for, and exceeds the California Handgun Safety Certificate requirements needed to purchase a handgun, no HSC certificate will be issued. We encourage everyone to take the Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) test at their local gun shop. If you can’t pass the FSC test after taking our class, we’ll work with you to help you pass the test.

Please do not be late to the class. Latecomers will be re-scheduled. Try to get here by 08:20. The roads are full of curves and bicyclists so you will want to leave early.

Please bring a lunch; there is not enough time to get a lunch down the hill and we only have machines at the snack-bar.

Dress in layers.  The range can be a different temperature than the rest of the area.


John M. Maunder has been Chabot Gun Club’s Rangemaster for 22 years and has studied under some of the world’s top firearms trainers from schools such as Gunsite, Marksman’s Enterprises, Glock Inc. and Thunder Ranch. Some of his relevant credentials are:

Instructor of Instructors in Handgun, Tactical Rifle and Urban Shotgun, Marksman’s Enterprises

Graduate: Instructors Transitional Training Course, Police Services Division, Glock, Inc.

Instructro: Handgun Safety Certificate, CA, Dept. of Justice

Other national certifications that wish to remain anonymous if their courses are not being taught.

John and Chabot’s team of instructors and coaches have taught thousands of men, women and children from novice beginners to advanced combat shooters. Civilians who take our classes generally demonstrate dramatic improvements in their skills and confidence levels. Sworn police officers and active military personnel who have taken Chabot’s classes as part of their training are in service around the world.

This class primarily uses Glock service pistols because John has found the Glock to be an easy handgun for most beginners to learn the basics and for more experienced shooters to tune up their skills. Once the fundamentals of safety and marksmanship are learned with the Glock, the student should also be able to master the idiosyncrasies of other firearms more readily and with greater safety.

Chabot Gun Club also offers Basic Handgun Safety & Marksmanship II, Home Defense Classes, Holster Classes, Light Rifle, Appleseed Rifle, Team3 Tactical Training  and Hunter Safety Classes as well as a wide variety of shooting activities and competitions. Please look at the tabs along the side or call for further information @ 510-569-0213.

Safety is paramount. We enforce safety rules strictly. Chabot Gun Club Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy or remove anyone whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with any safety regulation.