The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is an introductory level course appropriate for both new and experienced pistol shooters. The course covers basic firearm safety, safe firearm storage, pistols and how they work, ammunition, marksmanship fundamentals, and more. The course consists of a classroom instruction portion with presentations and hands-on learning followed by a live-fire range portion.

What you should expect when you attend the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

The course goal is to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

You should expect both classroom and range time, learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. You will learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from bench rest position and two handed standing position; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.  To earn a certificate, you should be able to consistently shoot five-shot groups within a four-inch circle from 10-15 feet prior to earning a certificate. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate.

– NRA GUIDE: Basics of Pistol Shooting, page 7

Course Length: 8 hours

Skill Level: Beginner

Range Requirement: Yes

Required Equipment:

  • Pistol (with magazine(s) if semi-automatic)
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection

Required Ammunition:

  • 200 rounds recommended (100 rounds minimum)

Students must be legally able to possess a pistol. Limited training equipment may be available upon request but requires advance notice.

Note: Students will also be asked to register on the NRA instructors site with the corresponding course listing there. Please contact with any questions.