I have been getting into guns over the past year or two, and last year my boyfriend bought me my first pistol, a S&M 9mm 1500 series, with the agreement that I would take a handgun safety course before we transfer it over to my name. I have been looking more into it and plan on getting a CCW here in Sacramento County, but wanted to take the handgun safety course first. Looking at all the costs, it adds up pretty fast. And I've found a couple different courses that might help...Women's 4 hour Self Defense/Basic Pistol 101 Course, Carry with Confidence, etc. I want to be able to feel confident with my gun before getting a CCW as I want to be able to be strong if I ever need to use it, rather than becoming a victim to fear and having the predator take my gun from me. Any advice is greatly appreciated.