A Good Day to Try: Test-drive Different Handguns, 05 June 2022
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 if you join us on Sunday, June 5th, you CAN try shooting any of a variety of different handguns.
We’ll be at the Pinal Airpark North (circular) Range from 0800 till mid afternoon. 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.
$35 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’ll have for you to try (this list is likely to be updated with more varieties, especially H&Ks and Walthers, as we get closer to June 5th):
- 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)
.40 Caliber Pistols
- Glock 23
- Glock 27
- Glock 35
- Ruger P94 Double Action Only
.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
.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
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.
NO RELOADS, STEEL CASED, or CORROSIVE PRIMED AMMUNITION PERMITTED. Jacketed ammo is preferred.
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.
We will have some complimentary water and sports drinks, but you should show up pre-hydrated. We’ll only be shooting in the morning to mid afternoon, but it should be typically warm in early June.
Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact us if you have any questions or need directions. See you there!