A Good Day to Try: Test-drive Different Handguns

A Good Day to Try: Test-drive Different Handguns


Ever wish gun stores had a “fly before you buy” program, like a car dealership? You could take it home, let your spouse handle it, take it to the range, put a few hundred through it, and then say, “Naw–not quite what we’re looking for. Let me try that SIG 365 over there.”

You won’t be able to take them home, but you CAN try shooting any of a variety of different handguns.

You can shoot as many (or as few) as you want, for as long (or as short) as you want–or as long as your ammo holds out. Seasoned firearms instructors and range safety officers will be on hand to explain the features and operation of each gun.

$50 covers the entire educational experience. There are no rental fees, and no sales. All you’ll need to bring is ammo and a willingness to try new things (see below for specific requirements).


Handguns You’ll be Able to Shoot:

Here’s a partial list of the guns we can have for you to try:

9x19mm Pistols

  • CZ-75B
  • CZ-75 Compact
  • Glock 17
  • Glock 19s, various “Gens,” with and without a holographic optic
  • Glock 26
  • Glock 48
  • IWI Masada
  • Polymer 80 (Glock 17 sized) with red dot optic
  • Rock Island 1911
  • Sarsilmaz (SAR) P8L
  • SIG P226
  • SIG 250
  • SIG P365s, with short and long slides, with and without optics
  • Springfield XD9
  • Taurus G2
  • Taurus PT92 (similar to M9)
  • Wilson Combat custom SIG 320 full sized (similar to M17)
  • Wilson Combat custom SIG 320 Carry (similar M18)
Glock 19 with Trijicon RMR “dual illum” optic


.40 Caliber Pistols

  • Glock 23
  • Glock 27
  • Glock 35
  • Ruger P94 Double Action Only
Glock model 35, for many years the standard duty arm of my previous police department


.45 ACP Pistols

  • Colt Combat Commander
  • Ithaca M1911A1
  • SIG P220


.22 LR Handguns

  • Beretta model 87 Cheetah
  • Heritage Arms revolver
  • Ruger LCR (light carry revolver)
  • Ruger standard (“Mk I”) pistol
  • Smith & Wesson K-22 revolver
  • Wrangler revolver
Beretta Model 87 Cheetah


.38 Special Revolvers

  • Smith & Wesson model 637 with a 1 3/4″ barrel
  • Smith & Wesson model 642 with a 1 3/4″ barrel

Both of those are classic J-frame “snubbies.”


.38 Special / .357 Magnum Revolvers

  • Ruger SP-101 Double Action Only with a 2 1/4″ barrel
  • Ruger Security 6 with a 2 3/4″ barrel
  • Smith & Wesson model 19 with a 4″ barrel
  • Smith & Wesson model 66 with a 2 1/2″ barrel
  • Smith & Wesson model 686 with a 4″ barrel
  • Taurus model 605 with a 2″ barrel
Ruger Security 6

You won’t need expensive and hard-kicking .357 ammo to try out the .357 mag revolvers; you can run less costly and lower recoil .38 special through them instead. They safely fire either cartridge.


.44 Magnum Revolver

  • Smith & Wesson model 629 with a 3″ barrel


What ammo to bring:

Like some other forms of adult entertainment, you’ll need to “bring your own.”

Heloderm LLC does NOT sell firearms or ammunition.

Heloderm is an educational and consulting organization. We are not a retail business.

We charge no rental fees for any of the equipment used during our courses. The $35 tuition is per person, and covers you for the entire six hour session–regardless of how long you choose to stay.

Bring FACTORY made ammunition for whatever calibers you wish to shoot.


Bring a brimmed hat, eye protection, and ear muffs / plugs. If you don’t have any of that protective gear, we will have limited quantities we can loan you.

You can also bring any of your own handguns you want to get more familiar with.

Happy couple sporting a Ruger LCR and a Smith K-22.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact us if you have any questions or need directions. See you there!

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