Guns Up pistol training is taught from the holster and magazine pouches while standing.  In the case of revolvers, it would be from the holster, speed loader pouches and cartridge loops while standing. There are some example photos illustrated below.  

Guns Up recommends products made from Kydex materials. Kydex is best described as being plastic or polymer in description. The holsters are specifically molded to fit a specific pistol (semi autos and revolvers). The magazine pouches are also specific to the pistol model.  The holsters and magazine pouches are open top and friction based for retention. Serpa type holsters are not permitted because they may inadvertently cause the shooter to draw their pistol with their finger on the trigger. That is unsafe.

In addition, the following items are also needed for training:

Pistol Specific:

  • At least 3 magazines, however, 4 magazines is recommended for semi auto pistols
  • At least 3 speed loaders for six shot revolvers, 4 speed loaders for five shot revolvers

Rifle Specific:

  • 3 to 4 magazines
  • Rifle Sling

Shotgun Specific:

  • Shotgun shell carrier or bandoleer 
  • Shotgun Sling

General (all shooters)

  • Noise cancelling hearing protection (allows for instructor to student communication)
  • Safety glasses
  • A ball cap with a bill
  • Closed top shirt (prevents hot casings/brass from burning the shooter’s chest/neck)
  • Belt (1&1/2 or 1&3/4 inch)
  • Closed toe shoes/sneakers (no flip flops)
  • Sun block
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Small cleaning kit wit gun oil
  • Outer garment (buttoned or loose fitting for CCW training)
  • Portable chair/camping type chair



  • Full jacket or ball type target ammunition (boxed)
  • Cannot be reloads 
  • 2 to 3 boxes (50 rounds per box) depending on the hours of training

Rifle (specific to your caliber)

  • 5 boxes (20 rounds each)
  • No reloaded ammunition

Shotgun (specific to your gauge)

  • 1 box (25 rounds) of #6 or #8 bird shot
  • 1 box (5 rounds) of shotgun slugs
  • 2 boxes (5 rounds per) of double 00 buckshot

If you are renting a Guns Up firearm:

Pistol – 9mm

Rifle – 5.56 or .223

Shotgun – 12 gauge