NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course (Workshop)

Basic - Become and NRA Pistol Instructor

Duration: 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)



Richard Buchfink

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Becoming an instructor:

  • Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (Instructor Led Only), NRA Basic Rifle Shooting, etc.
  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate the solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Certified Training Counselor.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

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Topics Covered

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting, Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  • Basic Instructor Training (BIT)
  • NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course
Note: Completing all subjects is mandatory to become an NRA Certified Instructor.

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Expectations and Outcomes


  • Complete all course objectives
  • Pass Course qualifications: Keep in mind that each qualification level does not need to be conducted in a single session. Hence the reason for the number of rounds to be used.

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Basic, Instructor Training Courses, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Candidates must complete the pre-course questionnaire, Appendix 1

  • The pre-course qualification in Appendix 5 must be conducted before or during the course.
  • Only those candidates who achieve satisfactory scores in the pre-course qualification, and who meet other specified requirements for NRA Pistol instructors are eligible for certification. The pre-course qualification includes the following: 
    • The NRA pre-course qualification will have a minimum passing score of 80 out of a possible 100 points.
    • For the instructor level, use the NRA Instructor Training Qualification Target. The student will shoot 20 shots from 45 feet? If they can place 16 of the 20 shots within a six-inch group, the student would earn the instructor-level endorsement.

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

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Equipment/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

The student must provide the following for the range

• A Semi-Automatic or a Non-Semi-Automatic (Revolver) handgun (.22 caliber and above)
• One Magazine (recommend spare magazine or speed loaders with appropriate pouches) Note: If you have a firearm bring it so you can learn to use it. I supply guns for training and demonstration. I do not supply guns or ammo for qualification.
I do have ammo and guns for 30 dollars for an additional purchase
for qualification.
• One hand towel to lay your handguns and ammunition during qualification
• Ear protection “in the ear” or “over-the-ear” (recommend electronic hearing protection)
• Eye protection (prescription eyewear is acceptable)
• Shirt with a closed collar
• Closed-toe footwear, such as boots or athletic shoes
• Headcover (a hat that covers head and area of the face such as a baseball cap) (Optional)


  • Must have a minimum of 100 rounds and 200 rounds Maximum for handgun qualification and live-fire training. (Additional ammunition can be purchased at the range)
  • Reloaded ammunition is not allowed
  • Must meet SAAMI specifications (see approved list below)
  • No aluminum casing
Sporting arms and ammunition manufacturers' institute (S.A.A.M.I.)- approved list:
4w ammunition; Asym; Atlanta Arms; Black Hills; Blount, Inc. C.C.I/Speer; Federal Cartridge Co./American eagle; Fiocchi of America, Inc.; Hornady Mfg. Co.; Olin/Winchester; PMC; Remington arms co./UMC (this list is not all-inclusive)

Clothing: (Think about where hot brass may go)
  • No open toe shoes prefer nonslip shoes
  • No V-neck tops
  • Jacket for climate change
Do’s and Don’ts
  • Transport handguns in a case separate from ammunition
  • No optical sights allowed (example: scopes, laser, or holographic)
  • No handgun may have any modification which compromises the safety of the firearm
  • Must be at least .22 caliber or above (Must be in good working condition and are subject to inspection)
  • If using revolvers no "push off’ on a single action

The classroom training will go on. However, if we cannot conduct live-fire on an actual outdoor range, then I am forced to postpone that portion of the exercise until weather permitting. I simply do not control how ranges are set up or their conditions.

Note: Students must abide by all range safety rules. Failure to comply with safety rules will result in immediate removal from the range, and result in course failure. No family members, guests, pets, photographs, or videotaping will be allowed in the classroom or at the range.