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NRA Basic Pistol

The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class is a hands on basic pistol class. It is the class we recommend to anyone that is unfamiliar with pistols, is a beginner with pistols or who would like to learn pistol terminology. Experienced pistol shooters may even find some useful information in this class. NRA Basic Pistol is the first step in earning the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Pistol Distinguished Expert Award in 4 different pistol disciplines.

Class Goal

To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.

Class Lessons

1. Pistol knowledge and safe gun handling
2. Proper pistol selection
3. Ammunition knowledge and the fundamentals of pistol shooting
4. Firing the first shots
5. Two-handed and one-handed standing shooting positions
6. Proper cleaning and storage of pistols
7. Pistol sports and activities

Course Length

This is a full day class and will last approximately 8 to 9 hours.
The length of this class includes all classroom and range time.
The class length may vary a bit based on the number of students and their current abilities.

Class Size

Our class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students.


There are no prerequisite classes for taking this class. Any United States citizen of good character who is not legally disqualified from possessing a pistol in the U.S. can attend this class. All persons under 18 years of age may only take this class with their parent or with an adult guardian.

Class Completion

There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the classroom portion of this course of instruction. Upon successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class, students will receive a class completion certificate. Participants will receive constructive suggestions and coaching during the live fire practical exercises.

Class Cost


Additional Information

Who may take this class?
- Any United States citizen who is legally eligible to possess a pistol. We require that all students under the age of 18 are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Each Student will be required to sign a statement of legal eligibility to participate in this course of instruction. Stating you are a United States citizen, not under a court order prohibiting you from owning, using, possessing or handling firearms; or are not disqualified or prohibited under any local, state or federal law from owning, using, possessing or handling firearms; or any knowledge, skills, techniques, responses, abilities or other information learned as a result of any training received will be used in an illegal manner.


Does this class have a textbook?
- Yes. Each student will be provided with the NRA "The Basics of Pistol Shooting" handbook, along with the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course packet.


Do I need to own a pistol to take this class?
– No. However, it is helpful if you bring your own pistol. .22LR Pistols can be provided for a $20 fee if needed. Be aware that this benefit is limited due to the supply of pistols on hand. You will need to provide your own .22LR ammunition if you are renting a pistol. If you bring your pistol to the class, make sure it is unloaded and in a case. Make sure to comply with any applicable laws governing the transportation and storage of firearms. If there is any question about the condition your pistol is in, we ask that you have a qualified gunsmith inspect your pistol to be confident it's safe to fire. Please bring the correct ammo for your pistol and that complies with the local range regulations. We have a policy of no live ammo is allowed in the classroom. So you are requested to leave your ammunition in your vehicle until the range portion of the class.


How much pistol ammunition should I bring?
- We have a requirement of 100 rounds of ammunition for this course of instruction


Do I need to bring eye and ear protection to this class?
- Yes.


What will we do about lunch?
- Depending on the range location, you may have to bring your own food, local eateries may be close by and used or lunch may be provided by the range...dependent on the range management. We suggest that you check the food arrangements before coming to class and bring enough water/drinks and personal snacks for the day.