Are you trying to decide what gun, holster, or carry option works best for you? Are you concerned about knowing when you can use a gun to defend yourself and when you can’t? GunStart has your answers!
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Join thousands of other Alaskans who have learned to defend themselves and their loved ones from violent crime.
We have a variety of classes to help you meet your goals!
Todd & Tammy Smith – Instructors/Owners
We understand the difficulties faced by men and women trying to find the perfect gun and holster combination, their desire to return home safely to family, and the concern about understanding the laws and staying out of jail.
We are certified firearms instructors who are committed to helping you gain the skills necessary to defend your life and the lives of those you care about. We offer the essential training you need to carry a handgun everyday with confidence.
What Our Students Are Saying…
My husband & I had very little experience with guns so so we decided to take GunStart’s concealed carry class. This was great for us as beginners. I can’t believe how much I learned by the end of the last class! I really feel like I know more about safety around firearms than others with more experience because of the training. The teachers are helpful & very knowledgeable. Highly recommend! We both passed & got our permits.
This class went above and beyond expectations! Todd and Tammy were so kind and answered all of my questions without hesitation. I feel much more confident handling a handgun now.
Loved this opportunity to learn the basics of handguns in a fun, safe, and friendly environment. The no pressure atmosphere and care taken with each student made us all successful.
This is a great class for all levels of shooters. It teaches you real world application and scenarios that you might encounter. Being an intermediate shooter I was able to build upon my skills and gain new tools that I can use in everyday life.
Thank you! Your class was excellent! Your assistance and patience with less experienced shooters was awesome!
I didn't think you needed a license to carry concealed in Alaska?
If you are legally able to own a gun, you can legally carry concealed in the State of Alaska without a permit. However, there are a number of benefits to having a permit. First it allows you to carry in 37 states, defending yourself when you travel. Second, it give you the NICS exemption – meaning when you purchase a gun the vendor doesn’t have to contact the FBI. Third, and most important is the training you’ll receive. It can help you stay out of jail because you understand the laws surrounding the use of deadly force, and other tricky aspects of the law and you’ll spend eight hours on the range learning to become a better shot and learn to access your gun from a concealed holster safely while hitting the threat.
Where are your classes taught?
Our Alaska Concealed Carry Class is taught in both Anchorage and The MatSu Valley on alternating months. These are marked by location on our calendar.
Other shooting classes are taught wherever we can schedule range time. We may use Rabbit Creek, Birchwood, or a Private Range.
Non-shooting classes are usually taught in Anchorage at Cabelas.
Once you register specific range and classroom information will be emailed you.
How do I know what gun is best for me?
In our classes we will show you how to fit a gun to your hand, we will help you understand all of the different features and options, and will discuss the pros and cons of semi-automatics vs revolvers. At the end of our shooting classes you will have the opportunity to handle and fire 8-12 common concealed carry guns to help you be better informed when you go to the gun store.
Do I need a gun to take a class?
If you do not already own a gun we have rentals available that include the holster, magazine, eye protection, and ear protection for $35. This does not include ammunition. All of our rentals are 9mm. We recommend if you do not own a gun, that you rent one of ours and learn what you like and don’t like during our class so you are better informed when you head to the gun store.
Do I have to qualify with the gun I'm going to carry?
Alaska has gotten rid of the requirement to qualify with the caliber you intend to carry. You may use any gun you choose to take the class. We recommend that you use a common self defense caliber (.380, .38, 9mm, .40, .45) but we’ve had people take the class with a .22 and a 10mm. It’s up to you. If you would like to discuss this further feel free to contact us.
How do I register for a class?
You can register here on this website for all of our classes. If you have any trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are here to help you on your journey!
Our commitment to helping you doesn’t end when class is over.
If you have a question about a gun, ammunition, holsters, or anything
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reach out, we’re excited to see and hear from you again!