Alberta Firearm  Safety Training.

Keeping your Safety First Through Education and Hands on Training.


Upcoming Firearms Course Description, Dates and Locations will be posted here.

Next Course Appears to be for Early February as follows:

February 2, 2019 - Non Restricted - 8:30 - 5:00

February 3, 2019 - Restricted 2017 8:30 - 5:00 


Your Firearm Safety Training Certified Instructor:


Jim Stoetzel - #2, 4403 56 Ave, Leduc Ab. Aggressive Training Services - 4012 53 St, Athabasca, AB.

Email -  Phone / Text 780-499-1017

* A.H.E.I.A. Certified Safety Instructor

* Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports - Range Safety officer

* Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports - Range Safety Officer Instructor

* Competitive Practical Shooting Competitor - I.P.S.C., P.P.C., C.P.S.A.

* Range Shooting Coordinator - Athabasca Gun Club 2012 - 2019

* Athabasca Gun Club Safety Training Coordinator 2014 - 2019

Are there any Videos I can watch?

Sure here are some from the firearms centre you can review before the course, They are meant to supplement course materials not replace them.

CFSC Video 1   CFSC Video 2  CFSC Video 3   CFSC Video 4   CFSC Video 5  CFSC Video 6



Course Manuals can be downloaded here:

New 2014 Combined Manual with non and Restricted Pal Course   

Practice Exam Quiz     


MINOR'S PERMIT details for application for people under 18 

MINOR'S PERMIT Application for people under 18 




Firearms safety 

Example of Hangfire  

Example of Richochet

  Example of Squib Load

What is a P.A.L?, Who needs one?, How do I get one?

The Canadian  government replaced the old Firearms Acquisition Certificate with new qualifications know to be a P.O.L Possession Only License and also a Possession and Acquisition License. In order to obtain and or be in legal possession of a firearms and or ammunition in Canada you must possess a Possession and Acquisition license. To qualify for one you must pass mandatory training to show your understanding and proficiency with knowledge of function of firearms and ammunition. To be judged proficient a person must pass both the written and the practical safe handling exam with  a mark of at least 80%. There are 50 marks for each exam portion.

After passing your course you will receive a course certificate and wallet card as well as a course report. The completed course report will be completed by you and your instructor in the course. Once you have this you will proceed to complete the actual Pal application and obtain a picture of specified dimensions. The application will include information on your personal references and also a Guarantor who will  be a person of art least 1 year of age who has known you for at least 1 year and can verify the picture represents a true image of you. 

The Canadian Firearms Centre will receive your application and if this is your first application they will check your references and verify your references feel you are a good candidate to obtain a permit to obtain both firearms and ammunition. Once all of the reference checks are completed they will also check you for any criminal history to make sure you are eligible for a permit.

After every level of approval is met then the new PAL will be issued for a period of 5 years from the date of issue expiring on your birthday. It generally takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks to get your first Pal.

After I get my PAL what do I do if I move? 

It is important to always keep your contact information up to date so that renewal notices and any other notices that are sent to you. If you have a restricted PAL and change residences you must notify the Canadian Firearms Centre prior to moving them to your new location and give them your updated information and obtain the proper permits to move the firearms. 

When do I need to to show or have my PAL with me?

Anytime you have a Restricted,  Non Restricted Firearms or ammunition in your possession you must have your Pal with you and be able to to provide it on demand to any police or peace officer requesting it. No retailer can legally sell you firearms or ammunition without seeing and verifying your PAL is valid and matches you. 

How does a PAL work if you are a MINOR?

   Minorís License

   A minorís license permits the borrowing of non-restricted firearms (ordinary rifles and shotguns) for the following activities:

     Minors Permit application - Download HERE              Regular Application for Non Restricted or Restricted pal - Download HERE

  • target practice
  • organized shooting competitions
  • hunting
  • being instructed in the use of firearms
   A minor's license also permits the acquisition of ammunition, unless there is an age restriction under provincial or territorial law.
   As a general rule, the following requirements must be met:
  • The applicant must be at least 12 years old. If they are younger than 12, they may obtain a minor's license only if they are Canadian residents and their Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) determines they need to hunt or trap to sustain themselves or their family.
  • As per section 7 of the Firearms Act, individuals under 18 must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the test in order to get a licence. They are not eligible to challenge and attempt to pass the test without taking the course.
  • Individuals younger than 18 years of age are not eligible to hold a license authorizing them to possess prohibited or restricted firearms.

A license application (form RCMP 5485) can be obtained by contacting the relevant CFO. Non-residents can contact the CFO of the province or territory  where they will most likely use the firearm. A Firearms Officer may interview the applicant or their parent or guardian, who must first agree and consent to the conditions under which the minor may use firearms, before a minor's license will be issued. Conditions may be placed on the license. For example, some supervision may be required when the minor uses a firearm. The minor's licensse will expire on the holderís 18th birthday or the expiry date shown on their license, whichever comes first. 


How can I get my Hunter Conservation & Education course?, Go look here through the Alberta Hunter Educations Instuctors Association - I.H.E.I.A. and see on line course available. It will allow you to do this at your own pace. Sign in and out as needed.


What courses do we offer?

Canadian Firearms Safety Course - PAL 

Non Restricted - Standard Hunting and Recreational

Canadian Firearms Safety Course - PAL

Restricted - Handguns and Restricted Long Guns

& Course (Challenges are no longer available due to new law passed June 2015) for both of the above

. Minimum Classroom hours are set by governing body. Much of this is for hands on training with all types of firearms. ----------------------------------------------------------------

How Long is the Course? What do we learn?

The Canadian Firearm Safety Course is the government approved program taught countrywide. It requires a minimum of 8 hours of classroom instruction.

There will be a combination of theory, video, overheads and instructor assisted hands on instruction and demonstration.

Topics covered in the C.F.S.C. include:

*The evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions.

*Basic firearms safety practices.

*Ammunition Definition History and Identification.

* Recognize and understand the operation of firearm actions.

*Learn safe handling and carry procedures.

*Different firing techniques and procedures.

* Maintenance and care of non-restricted firearms.

* Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user.

* Proper Legal methods for safe storage & display of firearms.

 *Methods to legally transport and handle non-restricted firearms.

 In the classroom students will learn to safely handle 

Break action, Lever action, Pump Action, Bolt Action, Centerfire & Rimfire firearms.

All Firearms are Safe and Deactivated and supplied with Safe Dummy Ammunition.

Your safety and understanding is the most important part of this course.


Students will be taught the approved methods of A.C.T.S & P.R.O.V.E


 Assume every Firearm is Loaded.

Control your Muzzle direction at all times.

Trigger finger must be kept off of the trigger and out. 

of the trigger guard until ready to discharge the firearm.

See that the fire arm is safe and P.R.O.V.E. it safe.


 Point the firearm in the safest Possible Direction. Activate Safety

Remove all ammunition from the firearm. Remove Magazine if possible.

Observe the Chamber of the firearm. ( make sure no active ammuntion is present)

Verify the Feedpath (area between source of ammunition and chamber)

Examine the bore for obstructions. (Oil, Grease, Dust or anything that may make the firearm unsafe to discharge)


Contact Information for Instructors:








Email Contact information for Instructor: Jim  -


Local Range Information

The closest range to us is the Athabasca Gun Club, providing both Shotgun Trap and Skeet shooting with a range clubhouse, free RV parking during events and washroom facilities.

An attractive Rifle Range having target stands at 15, 50, 100 and 200 Yard points. The Pistol Range include hanging steel targets at 25 and 50 yards, covered shooting areas and bathroom facilities.

Cost of Firearms Safety Courses

In Class Full Course - Basic Pal - $110 per person includes manual and $10.00 for Pal Picture - ($20.00 Value)

Restricted Class -  $110 per person includes manual and $10.00 for Pal Picture - ($20.00 Value)



If you want a good selection of downloadable targets click here to go to  downloadable targets compliments of the reload, enjoy.

Reloading Data On Line Click Here

Build some cool I.P.S.C. targets, Plans Here.

Here are some good shooting tips for handgun stance - HERE

Canadian Firearms Registry - 1-800-731-4000

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