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Handgun Basics Skill Builder

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About the Instructor

Joseph C. Furtado

Retired Police Detective / Firearms Instructor/Swat Operator



Skills & Abilities

Expertise in law enforcement tactical operations holding certifications in the following areas SWAT 1 & 2 Operator, Precision Rifle/marksman, Explosive Breacher basic and advanced certifications, MPTC Firearms Instructor, Sig Sauer Master Firearms Instructor, Glock Firearms Instructor & Armorer, MPTC Active Shooter Response Instructor, MPTC Use of Force Instructor, Annual CPR / AED and 1st Responder Medical Aid Training courses, Annual De-escalation Training Courses, Shipboard Tactical Operations among other certifications and training courses. I also served as a firearms instructor for both the Everett and Lynn Police Departments from 1999 through 2024.




2006 to 2024   Everett Police Department (Lead Firearms Instructor/ Swat  Operator 

  • Assigned to the North Metro SWAT Team as a Tactical Operator & Sniper. Received specialized training in tactical maritime operations, Precision rifle, CQB tactics, Explosive Breaching and Vehicle Assaults. Served as a firearms instructor for both the Everett Police Department and the North Metro SWAT Team.

  • Conducted numerous real world Tactical Operations 

*1999 to 2006   Lynn Police Department (firearms Instructor)

  • Assigned as one of the departments firearms instructors from 1999 through 2006.


1988 to 1997    United States Marine Corps

  • Primary duty – Ammunition and Explosive Technician

  • Served at 2nd Marine Division Camp Lejeune NC , 1st Marine Division Camp  Pendleton CA, 29 Palms CA, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 25th Marine Regimental Headquarters. Final rank at discharge was Staff Sergeant (E-6) Also served a tour aboard the USS Ponce and the USS Saipan in 1989 to 1990.



  • Glock Pistol Instructors Courses

  • MPTC Firearms Instructor Courses

  • Sig Sauer Master Firearms Instructor Course

  • LEADS Basic SWAT Operators Course

  • LEAD Advanced SWAT Operators Course

  • FBI Firearms Instructor Course

  • Glock Armorers Courses

  • Sig Sauer 1911 Armorer’s Course

  • Sig Sauer Patrol Rifle Armorer’s Course

  • FETTA USA Basic Tactical Explosive Breachers Course

  • FETTA USA Advance Tactical Explosive Breachers Course

  • Crosshairs Inc. Police Sniper/Supervisors Course

  • Sig Sauer Dynamic Shooters Aid Course

  • Shipboard Tactical Operations Training (U.S. Coast Guard)

  • MPTC Active Shooter Instructor

  • MPTC Use of Force instructor

  • SAGE Less than Lethal Operators Course

  • CST Less than Lethal Instructors Course

  • CST Less than Lethal Grenadiers Course

  • Trident Tactical Pistol Course 

  • T.A.P.S. Pistol/Rifle Course 

  • Numerous Tactical training evolutions conducted by the North Metro SWAT Teams Training Cardre


In this four-hour course, students will not only build and sharpen their fundamental handgun skills, but they will also gain a much better understanding of their pistol and how to safely operate their pistol is a safe and proficient manner.


Pre Requisite Requirements

Students MUST have an LTC or provide proof of exemption prior to class. The student MUST know and be able to demonstrate how to safely load, fire, and unload a handgun.

Students failing to meet and maintain our safety requirements and/or who cannot meet and immediately demonstrate the minimum skills required for the specific class may be removed from training. Please ensure you have read the class description and fully understand our prerequisites before registering.

Course Outline

  • Safe weapons handling drills

  • Consistently and efficiently acquire sight alignment and obtain a proper sight picture.

  • Apply sound marksmanship fundamentals.

  • Perform various reloading techniques.

  • Identify and clear malfunctions.

  • Perform various shooting drills.

  • Perform trigger manipulations exercises.

  • Transition shooting.

  • Perform single hand shooting, both dominant and non-dominant hands

  • Perform malfunction clearance drills.

  • Holster manipulation drills.

  • Equipment List

  • Quality functional semi-automatic pistol with Iron Sights - Full size and compact pistols only (semi-auto center fire pistols only - revolvers or .22 caliber pistols are not allowed)

  • 3 magazines minimum students may bring more if they wish.

  • Magazine pouch that can hold two magazines.

  • Dominant side, hip-mounted holster or dominant side, belt-mounted holster (no inside the waist band holsters)

  • Please wear long pants with pockets and belt loops, a sturdy 1.5" belt, closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), and a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut neckline)

  • Wrap around eye protection.

  • Hearing protection

  • Loading devices (optional)


  • Estimated round count 300 rounds pistol.

  • Lead core ammunition only to be used.

  • No green/brown tip, armor piercing, or surrogate rounds to be used on steel at any time.

  • Most Factory ammunition will be acceptable.

  • Pistol cleaning kit

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