NRA Basic Pistol Course

Learn valuable skills for operating a pistol safely.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

This course is approximately 8 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009)

You DO NOT need to own a gun to attend this class, as firearms are available for rental along ammunition, eye and ear protection. Round count is 100rds minimum (2 boxes of 50). Using the NRA training method of Total Participant Involvement, this 8 hour basic course provides hands-on learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Safe firearm handling
  • Firearm parts and operation
  • Ammunition and its function
  • Shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range
  • How to select, clean and store a firearm
  • Review of various activities available to help participants
  • Developing shooting skills

Certificates are awarded to participants who successfully complete this basic course. This course, and all NRA courses stress the Three Fundamentals of Safe Gun Handling:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

This course is approximately 8 hours spread across a Friday evening & Saturday morning:

Range and classroom facilities used are varied depending on availability and course content. Courses are co-ed unless specifically scheduled and/or arranged otherwise.

COST: $150 Range Fee Included.
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Related pages;
* NRA Basic Pistol Course
* NRA Personal Protection inside the Home
* NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
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