Training & Classes

NRA’s Basics of Pistol SHOOTING

Course Description: 

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is designed to meet the basic handgun shooting needs of all individuals regardless of gun ownership status, previous shooting experience. This course is an excellent starting point for the new or soon-to-be handgun owners, applicants for concealed carry weapon permits or the seasoned shooter looking to become a more proficient handgun shooter. The course utilizes an objective based curriculum, which moves from the simple topics to the complex incrementally throughout the course. This course is the first course in the NRA’s Personal Protection Series of handgun shooting courses.

No live-ammunition in the classroom! – NO EXCEPTIONS –

Note: Please bring proof of purchase with you to the class.

What To Bring
  • Handgun (Handguns are rented at the store if you do not have one)
  • 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Safe Range Attire (closed-toed shoes, crew-neck shirts, a ball cap or visor to deflect brass away from the eyes and face)

Course Info



Course Goal

To teach students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning, using and caring for a handgun safely


Course Length

8 hours (minimum length), this course is presented in ONE session during summer months. Saturday from 8am to 5pm



Please bring a positive attitude toward learning, firearm safety and a willingness to participate in course exercises. 


Lesson Topics

Lesson 1 – Handgun Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling

Lesson 2 – Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting

Lesson 3 – Various Shooting Positions and Handgun Shooting Qualification Exercise

Lesson 4 – Scoring Targets, Selecting a Handgun for Purchase and How to Maintain, Inspect and Clean a Handgun

Lesson 5 – Opportunities for Continuing Education, Training and Skill Development


Private class can be arranged for groups of 5 or more. 

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