We are doing in-person classes and occasionally have virtual/online classes. Both are listed in the form below. DO NOT signup for a VIRTUAL date listed if YOU have not verified that YOUR county will accept the course taught in an online setting. If they do not accept the certificate, you will NOT be refunded! ALSO, do not register for a PRIVATE class if you were not invited by the host!
Are you looking to obtain a New York State Pistol License for personal protection, hunting, and/or to have fun at the range or in your back yard with a pistol? If so, you have come to the right place. This course is for NY residents and non-residents who are looking to apply for a permit to own and be in legal possession of a handgun in NY State. As well, this is a great refresher course for those who want a refresher or those who did not need to take the course when they received their license many years ago.
Arm yourself with knowledge and experience to include: pistol license requirements and legal responsibilities, use of force, handgun safety, ammunition, storage, childproofing, operation, care, cleaning, maintenance and shooting fundamentals/skills such as breath control, trigger squeeze, positions, errors, and clearing stoppages.
Classroom Time: 4 hours
Range Time: None
Prerequisites: 21 years old or honorably discharged veteran 18-20
Investment: $50 (Register below then make payment)
Instructor: Matthew Mallory
Note: All course dates and locations are listed below in the signup form.
Learn from experienced military veterans, law enforcement, NRA, USCCA, New York, and Utah certified instructors. Our handgun safety courses are currently accepted and fulfill the course requirement for obtaining a pistol license (CCW) aka: pistol permit in the NY counties listed in GREEN on the below map.
Counties covered in the four-hour course: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Other Counties and Other Requirements – Contact us about your County below!
- Broome: To remove restrictions – NY Handgun Course (this course), Article 35, and Private Shooting Qualification (by appointment)
- Chautauqua: Custom course – by appointment only
- Chenango: Apply for your license with the county then take our NY Handgun Course (this course) within one year of issuance, in order to keep your license. Alternately, you can take the USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals (DSF) Level 1 course to keep your license and/or to have the restriction removed.
- Cortland: Apply for your license with the county then take the USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals (DSF) Level 1 or the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course within one year of issuance, in order to keep your license.
- Lewis: NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course within six-months in order to keep your license.
- Madison: NY Handgun Course (this course) to obtain initial license. Then NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course plus Proper Cause Letter sent to judge to remove the restriction.
- Montgomery: NY Handgun Course (this course) and Advanced Course
- Oswego: NY Handgun Course (this course) to obtain initial license. Then County approved eight-hour course plus Proper Cause Letter sent to judge to remove the restriction.
- Putnam: NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course within 90 days of getting issued a pistol license.
- Rensselaer: NY Handgun Course (this course) to obtain initial license and Private Shooting Qualification, USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals (DSF) Level 1 or the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course to remove restrictions.
- Schenectady: NY Handgun Course (this course) and Advanced Course
- Seneca: We are on the list of suggested instructors. (No course required)
- Steuben: NY Handgun Course (this course), and a practical demonstration which can be completed at the end of the regular course.
Read what our students have to say about this course:
"As someone who has never held a gun, Matt made me feel more comfortable with my decision to get a pistol. I plan on taking more courses with him." ~ Mary M. of Jordan, NY
Matt made me feel more comfortable with my decision to get a pistol.
"Matthew is a great teacher he definitely taught things I didn't know. He kept it interesting, not that firearm safetey is something ever to joke about but he did make some jokes, for me it makes thing easier to absorb. He did also mention some additional training and services that I will be using." ~ Christy D. of Syracuse, NY
He kept it interesting
"As a teacher I sit through hours of Professional Development, some phenomenal and some that I struggle to stay focused in. Your class was phenomenal, especially for someone just beginning to learn about handgun safety. Not only was it informative but it was interesting. You kept our attention for the entire 4 hours and you added humor throughout the presentation." ~ Helen D. of Cayuga, NY
As a teacher I sit through hours of Professional Development
"Great Class!!! My son and I took the class together and the four hours flew by. Matt not only makes the class informative but also interesting and fun. I am on the website now picking dates to further or training." ~ James F. of Thousand Island Park, NY
I am on the website now picking dates to further training.
"I really enjoyed the corse.Very informative." ~ Robert T. of Weedsport, NY
"Instructor held my interest for the entire 4 hour course. Mixed personal stories into the mix, which was good." ~ Michael F. of Syracuse, NY
Mixed personal stories into the mix
"I just took the NY Law and handgun safety course with Matt, and I have to say that I am very impressed. The class is 4 hours long and it just flew by. Matt is an excellent instructor and extremely knowledgeable about all things guns and safety. Matt was one of the best instructors I have ever come across, great attitude, great sense of humor, and knows how to work a crowd. I would highly recommend this course to any family or friends. I will be continuing on with my handgun education through Matt." ~ Joe K. of Auburn, NY
Matt was one of the best instructors I have ever come across
"Very informative and entertaining. Will be taking further courses to improve training and preparedness. Well worth the expense." ~ James N. of Cato, NY
Very informative and entertaining.
"The training session was outstanding – high energy delivery kept you on your toes for 4 hours! This should be mandatory training to operate any kind of a gun. for me, I decided that after this training I would not purchase a gun…pepper spray and a taser yes, but not a gun…and that's what I wanted out of this course." ~ Mary F. of Syracuse, NY
The training session was outstanding
"Training was really informative. The stories that Matt told will stick more than just alot of information." ~ Michael D. of Weedsport, NY
Training was really informative.
"Matt was a pleasant, knowledgeable and experienced instructor. He covered a brief history, legal consequences and functioning of a pistol. His slideshow, videos and lecture were helpful in understanding different gun malfunctions, appropriate names for parts of gun, and how to fill out the application appropriately. It was also helpful he was able to host a private class right in a home. Would highly recommend him for anyone finding themselves in need of obtaining their pistol permit. I will likely be signing up for more courses with Matt, including practicing shooting should I be successful in obtaining the permit!" ~ Aurora of Onondaga, NY
I will likely be signing up for more courses with Matt
"My Friend and I took the Gun Safety Course with Matt Mallory as the instructor. The class was very informative and while the materials that we were covering were very serious, Matt managed to make the class enjoyable and the time flew by! I would highly recommend this business for courses, shooting lessons, etc. I plan on signing up for more courses in the near future." ~ Lisa B. of Warners, NY
My Friend and I took the Gun Safety Course
"Great job last night Matt. Excellent social distancing and use of masks during the class, everyone felt safe during the 4 hours we were there. The feedback I received from everyone was that they learned a lot and all will be pursuing their pistol licenses. Appreciate the ease of setting up the class, and it was a breeze paying on your website. Thank you for your class, we learned so much. Look forward to working with you regarding shooting lessons and purchasing the right gun." ~ Kim H. of Baldwinsville, NY
Everyone felt safe during the 4 hours we were there.
"PS and Ed is amazing! The courses are so informational and Matt keeps the class fun an engaging. I was shocked when class ended as it didn’t feel like it had been 5 hours. I will only take classes through PS and Ed!" ~ Kaitlin Y. of Liverpool, NY
"Matt Mallory is an amazing instructor. The four hour course was full of information and went by far too quickly! I look forward to taking other courses from him!!" ~ Monique S. of Auburn, NY
I look forward to taking other courses from him!!
"I would strongly recommend taking anyone of his courses It’s amazing the amount of knowledge he holds, which in fact, gives us a better understanding of owning a firearm. it’s all about safety:)" ~ Elizabeth K. of Auburn, NY
It’s amazing the amount of knowledge he holds
"I would recommend this class to all. Wish their was a class to train young children how to be careful report rather then touch etc But I was very happy and will be taking another class after my permit Thank you Matt" ~ Erin M. of Syracuse, NY
I would recommend this class to all.
"Great class and instructor. Instructor was very knowledgeable and detailed on all subject matter, he was also very passionate and informed on everything!" ~ Nicholas R. of Amherst, NY
very passionate and informed
"Completed my NYS Handgun Safety Course with Matt and it was a great course with valuable information. Matt keeps the material interesting and provides many examples to assist you with understanding the material. Highly recommend!" ~ Josh K. of Buffalo, NY
Matt keeps the material interesting
"This is the 2nd handgun safety course I have taken. The psanded course led by Matt was a much better experience by far. The information delivery was engaging and there was a good balance of his personal experiences sprinkled throughout. I really enjoyed the class and have already signed up for another psanded course. Looking forward to ongoing education from them in the future!" ~ Dana M. of Auburn, NY
I really enjoyed the class and have already signed up for another PS&Ed course
"I was dreading having to sit for a 4 hour class expecting it to be boring, dry and mundane. It proved to be quite the contrary. You made it engaging and informative at the same time. I learned a great deal and the time flew by. I totally appreciate the work you put into preparing your class and I look forward to taking future classes from you! Thank you, Matt!" ~ Kathleen M. of Onondaga, NY
You made it engaging and informative at the same time.
"I was afraid this course would compare to sitting in a 6 hour defensive driving course and didn’t know what to expect. I laughed, I learned, and am more than interested in learning more! This class is the only one in my eyes and Matt strives to make sure you understand how to protect yourself from the “bad guys” but protect as well. I think my favorite line was “protect your hardware so you don’t ruin your software.” 10 out of 10 stars and then some! My husband will be attending your class soon and we can’t wait to learn more from you! Thanks for all you do!" ~ Mariya C. of Onondaga, NY
I laughed, I learned, and am more than interested in learning more
"Matt is an excellent instructor, who is very approachable. He was able to help improve my shooting sports knowledge and skill. I would highly recommend any class with Matt regardless your skill level, you will learn something new!" ~ Matthew F. of Homer, NY
Matt is an excellent instructor
"I had a great experience with PS&ED. Matt was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about teaching and was able to answer all questions thrown at him. The class kept you interested in the topic throughout the whole session and learned many new things about laws, safety and how the different styles of handguns operate. I will be rejoining for many more classes on different topics and look forward to becoming more in-depth in the firearms world." ~ Alan H. of Marcellus, NY
"Awesome Class!! Looking forward to taking other classes from Matt!!" ~ Kristen K. of Auburn, NY
Looking forward to taking other classes from Matt!!
"Very interesting- instructor made it interesting and learned a lot. Gave a lot of scenarios And made you think and make a responsible decision. 4 hours went by surprisingly fast. Would recommend highly" ~ Melanie M. of Skaneateles, NY
Gave a lot of scenarios and made you think.
"This class was very informative and professional. I’ve taken a corse like this before and there was not as much info as this class. Also the way it’s explained was easier to understand and remember. I highly recommend this instructor and I’m looking forward to more classes provided by Matt. Thanks again" ~ Samual P. of Aurelius, NY
I highly recommend this instructor.
"Matt made a very sensitive subject easy to understand and digest. He made 4 hours seem like 2 hours. He kept it flowing with humor and clear subject matter. I feel like I have a good foundation to move forward. I would recommend him to anyone to take his classes. Job well done Matt" ~ Phil D. of Skaneateles, NY
I would recommend him to anyone to take his classes.
"Very informational course. Instructor was excellent. The 4 hours flew by honestly. One thing I noticed is attention to detail. For example in my last pistol course ( Different instructor) FOIL was never mentioned. Which I thought was a big deal. Will definitely be back to take the taser course and hopefully some hands on courses. Very satisfied thank you!" ~ Justin S. of Auburn, NY
Will definitely be back.
"Mr Mallory was very informative and his demonstration was so clear. I didn’t have to ask any questions because I understood him. He is very friendly and I enjoyed my time in his class. The course last four hour and there wasn’t a dull moment. He is an excellent teacher. I wish College was so interesting. I learned at lot about approaching an incident before deciding to use a weapon, carry and concealment was amazing, I learned when you have no choice to protect yourself and many more things. THE COURSE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL. I would do all my courses with Mallory Unlimited when I can it’s just the right one for me to take my courses. HE IS GOOD!!!!" ~ Belinda S. of Chester, NY
I wish College was so interesting.
"I was nervous to take this class. Matt made us feel comfortable as soon as we entered. He kept it fun but very informative. I feel I gained so much knowledge and was able to take it home with me to educate my boyfriend. I will be back to take several other courses!!! Thank you so much!" ~ Jennifer G. of Baldwinsville, NY
I feel I gained so much knowledge and was able to take it home with me to educate my boyfriend.
"My experience at your hand gun safety course was awesome! Matt you have so much experience and knowledge that it was an honor to learn from you. I will definitely be in contact with you in the future for additional training and guidance. Also I want to thank you for your service!!!" ~ Christopher R. of Port Byron, NY
It was an honor to learn from you
"Matt does a great job, has lots of info. that is very helpful." ~ Edward K. of Auburn, NY
Matt does a great job
"Very informative and fun, Matt is an excellent hands on instructor. I look forward to my continued business with him and his services." ~ Jonathan W. of Liverpool, NY
Very informative and fun.
"The PS&Ed Handgun Safety Course for New York State went above and beyond my expectations. This course is very thorough and leaves you with a true feeling of readiness. The instructor's personality and professional experience allow you to learn in a way that other courses simply can't offer. I will absolutely be taking more classes with PS&Ed after I witnessed how ace-high and professional this company is. Thank you very much!" ~ Jared T. of Syracuse, NY
I will absolutely be taking more classes with PS&Ed
"Matt was very knowledgeable regarding hand gun laws and safety, as well as entertaining. The four hours flew by. Matt firmly believes in what he teaches and the right to bear arms. Thank you Matt for sharing your expertise with us." ~ Tom L. of Auburn, NY
Thank you Matt for sharing your expertise with us.
"I quite honestly felt that it was a great course. It was very informative and even though it was 4.5 hours, it didn't feel like it because of how the course kept my interest. I would definitely recommend this class to family members and friends." ~ Connor D. of Bath, NY
I quite honestly felt that it was a great course.
"Being a novice when it comes to guns and gun safety, I was appreciative of Matt’s ability to explain things to us in layman’s terms. Along with a great deal of information and wonderful stories, I was amazed at how quickly the four hours went by. I am looking forward to next month’s course." ~ Ted M. of Auburn, NY
I was appreciative of Matt’s ability to explain things to us in layman’s terms
"I really enjoyed this course! Mr. Mallory was very attentive to our questions. A very confident man that turned a learning experience into a fun one with great advice and helpful information. Very comfortable atmosphere I'm sure that I will be attending some of his other classes." ~ Sheila T. of Syracuse, NY
Very comfortable atmosphere… will be attending some of his other classes
"I loved the class, it was fun and educational. Matt is a wonderful teacher and makes class fun and he makes sure we understood the law. I feel that he was thorough and to the point. My son who attended with me and is 12 1/2 years old really enjoyed the class and learned so much by attending with me. Looking forward to more classes with PS&Ed in the future. Thank you Matt for a great night of learning!" ~ Linda F. of Port Byron, NY
My son.. learned so much by attending with me
"Great job mixing real life examples to the content. Four hours went by quickly." ~ David D. of Auburn, NY
Great job mixing real life examples
"I learned a lot in this class. I learned new things I did not know about." ~ Dora of Buffalo, NY
I learned a lot in this class
"Great class. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable. The class was very informative as well as fun. I will absolutely my friends and family. As well as refer them. No complaints. A+" ~ Nicholas S. of Auburn, NY
No complaints. A+
"Class was taught in a tire garage. Matt did his best with the weather and set up to deliver a clear and solid course. Looking forward to do more work with Matt to educate not only my self but also my family along the way." ~ Adam J. of Auburn, NY
Looking forward to do more work with Matt
"The class was very informative. It was interesting and well thought out. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to get a Pistol Permit." ~ Peter P. of Minoa, NY
Interesting and well thought out..
"I was able to coordinate a private class with a smaller personal group. Matt was so accommodating and nice from start to finish! We had a great class and Matt was so informative as well as interesting. Sometimes classes can be dry and boring and he kept it interesting and interactive. I definitely walked away from this class with a much better understanding of the basics and will be looking into more classes with him for more experience." ~ Christie of Munnsville, NY
Informative as well as interesting
"I recently took my NYS Handgun Safety Course given by Instructor Matt Mallory with PS&Ed. The class was not only informative, Matt made the class fun by providing real life scenarios with memory mechanisms so that we could better absorb the information and take it with us on our way. Even with COVID-19, Matt gave appropriate breaks and allowed us to take a breather from these masks. Matt is a very knowledgeable man and I will surely be back to attend more courses and use some of the services he has to offer. Thanks Matt! P.S. Good job on the Bad Dad Jokes! Made me laugh after a long day." ~ Heather H. of Bridgeport, NY
Good job on the Bad Dad Jokes!
"I highly recommend Matt Mallory’s gun safety course for anyone looking for in-depth information regarding firearms. The class was well structured, interesting, fun and Informative. I will certainly tell all my friends and family to take this course if they are looking to apply for a license or need a refreshing. It was a fast 4 hours which speaks to how interesting and organized Matt was." ~ Peter F. from Baldwinsville, NY
It was a fast 4 hours..
"PS&Ed staff were more than helpful in assisting me while I was applying for an upgrade to a pistol permit with no restrictions. Matt is extremely knowledgeable on gun safety, laws, and the 2nd Amendment. After a long 2 years of trying to obtain my carry permit, I received my full carry permit and I could not have done it without the confidence, expertise, and care of Matt and his team. He really cares about your interests and will not give up until your goal is achieved, or if all ideas are outsourced. What started 2 years ago for me as an interest in target shooting has become a desire to live a lifestyle in carrying responsibly, and to become a supporter in promoting change to some of New York's difficult laws on purchasing, acquiring, inheriting, owing, and possessing firearms. My advice to all for acquiring an unrestricted pistol permit is to enroll in the Handgun Safety and NRA Basic Pistol courses. Keep taking classes with Matt, you will learn so much about guns, safety, and federal and state laws. You will also learn how to properly react in threatening situations; if you ever have to draw a weapon. Be patient with your judge, and instructor do not give up if you are denied the privilege of having an unrestricted pistol permit. It is an honored achievement when you can obtain an unrestricted pistol permit on your own with the courteous help of an instructor, rather than applying though cronyism." ~ Brandon B. from Clay, NY about our "Proper Cause" Letter Writing Service and many courses
I received my full carry permit…
"Very good class, instructor was very professional, knowledgeable and kept thing interesting." ~ Russell from North Syracuse, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
Very good class
“Really enjoyed the course. It wasn't boring or dry like you would expect for a "mandatory" class. I have already recommended to a few people and have signed up for the next class and have a friend committed to take it with me!” ~ Nick from Onondaga, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
It wasn’t boring or dry like you would expect…
"After taking your gun safety class I submitted my application for an unrestricted pistol permit. It was issued in March 2015 with no restrictions. My primary state of residence is Nevada where I have possessed a concealed firearm permit for the last 15 – 20 years. My second residence being New York where I have added 3 pistols to my permit. Keep up the good work, I have recommended you to many of my friends." ~ Rick from Manlius, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
Keep up the good work,
"Very good safety course for all levels of handgun experience." ~ Bill from East Syracuse, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
Very good safety course for all levels of handgun experience.
"I met Matt @ the Syr. gun expo & on that very busy day he gave me his undivided attention on several topics. His seminars are real world, factual, & to the point. I am looking forward to the multi state course when I am eligible, & what a great idea is the try it before you buy it workshop. I plan on being @ both ASAP." ~ Neal from Dewitt, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
…seminars are real world, factual, & to the point.
"Everything was awesome and extremely informational. Best investment I could have made! The knowledge was top notch and every question asked there was always an intelligent answer that was said. Would and have recommended to anyone wanting to get their pistol permit or just gain knowledge about the subject. Will definitely be taking more classes." ~ Andrew from Oswego, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course, Article 35 Course, SIMCO-2 Course, and Proper Cause Letter Service
Best investment I could have made!
"Matt's class was both educational and fun. When I signed up, my initial thought was that I dreaded sitting through a 4-hour class! However, once I was there, I felt involved and fully vested in the class. My dad, who served in the US Navy during WWII & taught me respect for all firearms as a young man, would have endorsed this class as well. Thank you & I am looking forward to additional classes in the future." ~ Steven from Liverpool, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
I felt involved and fully vested in the class.
"The class was great and contained lots of valuable information. I really loved your presence in the classroom and your passion for the subject matter. I am speaking to my girlfriend now about having her take the same course. For me personally I plan to do the multi-state and "try it before you buy it" course myself. I look forward to seeing you in the future!" ~ Andrew from Baldwinsville, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
The class was great…
"Very good 4 hour class…..informative power point presentation and educational videos pertaining on "what / what not" to do involving handling of long & short guns in regards to gun safety. Very good assortment of hand gun safety demos and various exhibits of gun accessories and ballistic items. Enjoyed course……instructor very knowledgeable and interactive with class participants. Would definitely recommend to others." ~ John from Utica, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
Very good 4 hour class…
"With 42 years of military/defense contractor experience, I have been on both sides of the lectern and can state categorically your presentation of a large body of information to a eclectic group was superb! You were in complete control, presenting information in a manner conducive to retention and eagerly engaged with the participants in a light comfortable manner. I not only recommend your course to all others, but fully intend to seek out some of your other offerings e.g., your "Try Them All" program. Well done, thank you!" ~ LTC Alan B. USA Ret. from Cazenovia, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
I not only recommend your course…
"My son and I found the NYS Pistol Permit Course to be very informative. The instructor, Matt, was very knowledgeable. He kept the class engaged with stories and examples. My son and I look forward to taking other classes with PS&Ed." ~ Brenda from Cato, NY about our NY Handgun Safety Course
He kept the class engaged with stories and examples.
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- Registration: We do not accept walk-ins. You will need to register above and make payment to secure a seat in the course.
- Citizenship & Convictions: You must be a LEGAL United States Citizen in order to attend this course. Past convictions might not bar you from obtaining your pistol license. If you have questions, contact us.
- At Your Location: For your convenience, we offer the above courses at your location for only $10 more per student. We do require a guaranteed minimum of eight students for a private NY four hour course. Contact us to book a course at your location or chose “TBD At Your Location” from the form drop down from the desired course above and we will be in touch to set a date.
- The successful completion of any PS&Ed handgun training does not guarantee the issuance of a carry license in New York State. The issuance of a carry license remains at the discretion of the licensing officer of the county or state that you are applying in.
- Students are responsible for confirming said course is accepted in the county that they are applying in.
- Firearms & Ammunition: This is NOT a live-fire course!
- Contact us with any questions.