NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Course


Duration: 6 hours of Classroom, 4 hours range time



PJ Clevenger

Instructor Bio

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Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA Education & Training Division’s various pistol courses, including basics of pistol shooting, defensive training, and reloading.

This is a 2 day event that includes the Basic Course, Basic Instructor Course (BIT), and Instructor Course.  All for $285.

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Expectations and Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will receive NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor rating.

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Basic, Instructor Training Courses, NRA Courses

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  • 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 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.