Range & Training - Training & Classes

With locations in Roanoke & Lynchburg, SafeSide offers a full menu of training courses and classes to enhance both your knowledge and skill.  From taking your "first shot" to improving your performance on a new handgun, our expert instructors take care to provide a high-level of training.  Below is a preview of the courses and shooting events we offer - click on your preferred location to see available dates and more details about that class.

  • Firearms Safey Concealed Carry
    Firearms Safety for Concealed Carry
    Join us for a 2 hour class that meets the Commonwealth of Virginia's learning pre-requisite for residents and non-residents to apply for their Concealed Handgun Permit(CHP). This informative course covers basic handgun safety as well as current restrictions for concealed/open carry. Carry options, handgun selection, an introduction to situational awareness, and the permit application are also covered.
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  • Handgun Fundamentals - Phase I
    SafeSide Phase 1 Training introduces shooters to the basic fundamentals of shooting via classroom and range environment. The classroom setting defines and assures an understanding of the basic fundamentals, where the range is utilized to help reinforce those fundamentals and how they apply to safe and accurate shooting. The goal of phase one is to allow the shooter to be more comfortable and confident while shooting safely.
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  • Handgun Fundamentals - Phase II
    SafeSide Phase 2 training reinforces the basic fundamentals from phase one and adds realistic tactical responses to real-life situations. The focus is to hone the shooters' skills and confidence through shooting drills while handling malfunctions. The instructors will be able to focus on issues the shooter may have in a small group setting. Phase two focuses on skill development necessary to assure the shooters will quickly place more shots on targets.
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  • Private 1-on-1 Instruction
    Our Private Instruction options offer the shooting enthusiast the opportunity to receive individualized training in the art of the handgun. This will allow the individual(s) the ability to become more proficient in the use and application of their firearm. This is not a “Tactical” shooting class, but rather a chance to become better with the use of firearms by focusing on the principles of marksmanship and good gun-handling skills.
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  • Defensive Pistol Match
    Held monthly, the Defensive Pistol Match is an opportunity to use your handgun skills in a live-fire moving & shooting course. Each match includes 3 courses of fire and required between 50-100 rounds.  SafeSide Range Members save $5/match (discount can be applied while checking in at the Range Desk). You are welcome to come check it out if you'd like to, even if you don't shoot! Click the "ROANOKE" link below to read the rules and see a demo video of a match in action!
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  • Glock GSSF Pistol Match
    Held monthly 9am-1pm on a Sunday morning (make-up shoot Monday evening). You must be a member of GSSF (membership available at the door). Shoot in 2 of 3 matches per quarter and be entered to win a FREE Glock 19 pistol regardless of scores! SafeSide Range Members save $5/match. Divisions include Stock, Pocket, and Unlimited.
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  • FREE! Church Safety & Security Seminar
    This is a ninety minute church safety informational session. SafeSide is in a great position to help with your safety and security plan and provide the appropriate and necessary training for any of your volunteer staff who you, as the church leaders, deem appropriate to come to church armed for the purpose of protection for your congregation. Even if you don’t have armed security staff, we can help with the overall development and implementation of an effective safety and security plan for your church and ensure appropriate training to prepare for the “unusual” events that we experience in our churches. 
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  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar

    We never think a crime can happen to us, until it actually does. While sometimes unfortunate things do happen unexpectedly, it is important to be equipped with the knowledge and skills for personal safety and crime prevention. Having a personal safety strategy in place and knowing the techniques and tactics you can use to avoid becoming an easy victim can help you live smarter and be safer. 

    "Crimes of Opportunity" are those committed without planning or forethought. Don't be an easy target. We can all pinpoint times where we've made ourselves an easy target - whether it was keeping our heads buried in our phones, parking in a dimly lit area at night, or leaving our houses or cars unlocked. But there are many more, less obvious situations that make us vulnerable as well.

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  • Firearm Maintenance & Cleaning
    Get hands-on with your firearm and our staff members who will show proper techniques for cleaning and maintenance. Well even provide the cleaning instruments, solvents, oil, etc to get the job done right! Ask us questions about different firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, suppressors, etc), see some of the tricks of the trade and take notes or pictures during the process to document for the next time.
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