Name: NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.
More Details: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRAs 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)
From The Instructors: This is our most popular pistol course and is designed for beginning
shooters or those that need a certificate of safety. The Basic Pistol Shooting course encompasses both
the Home Firearm Safety and the First Steps Pistol Orentation course into a single 8 hour course. Unlike
the First Steps Pistol Orentation Course, the Basic Pistol Shooting Course covers both revolvers and
semi-auto pistols. There are also discussions involving firearms safety, owners rights, responsibilities,
transportation and storage.
Lesson I: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling.
Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting.
Lesson III: Firing the First Shots.
Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol.
Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development.
Question: I'm not an NRA member, Do I need to be an NRA member to take this course ?
Answer: No, you do NOT need to be an NRA member to take this course.
Question: I don't own a Pistol, do I need my own a pistol or borrow a pistol to take this course ?
Answer: No. We supply all materials for the course, including handguns and ammunition for our handguns. If you own a handgun, you are welcome to bring it with you. If you are bringing your own handgun to shoot, you will need to bring about 25 - 50 rounds of factory ammunition for it. Reloaded ammunition is not permitted.
Question: I'm not from Pennsylvania, will I need a License to shoot in Pennsylvania ?
Answer: No, Pennsylvania does not require a License to handle or shoot a firearm.
Question: If I'm under the age of 18 can I come and take part in this course ?
Answer: Yes, you will need to have your Parent, Grandparent or Legal Guardian present during the course, or Have a Notarized Letter from your Custodial Parent or Legal Guardian giving expressed consent for you to take part in the course.
Question: I would like to get my Concealed Carry Permit in New York City. But NYC requires "A statement
indicating that the applicant has been trained or will receive training in the use and safety of
a handgun". Does the Basic Pistol Shooting Course Satisfy the NYC Requirements ?
Answer: Yes, This Basic Pistol Shooting Course Satisfies the NYC and NY State Requirement. This course also satisfies the safety course requirements for most States. You should verify with your local jurisdiction who issues your carry permit, as gun laws constantly change.