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Pistol Instructor


Duration: 10 hours



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You must have attended both Basic Pistol and Basic Instructor Training (BIT).  This is a 10-hour course. Instructor candidates will teach the entire Pistol Student course throughout the day.  Topics range from fundamentals, scoring targets, marksmanship, position, maintenance and cleaning, storage ammunition, and the anatomy and physiology of both revolvers and semi-automatic handguns. All Instructor shooting qualifications will be performed at 45 feet. It is highly recommended that you use your gun.  If you do not have one, we will provide you with a loaner.  

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Topics Covered

Instructor Preparation:
• Introduction (read and understand)
• Gathering period
Lesson I: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
Learning Objectives:
1. State the course goal and any special requirements for the five lessons.
2. Identify the principal parts of a pistol and the types of pistol actions, and
demonstrate how they function.
3. State, explain and apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling.
4. Demonstrate how to handle a pistol in a safe manner.
Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
Learning Objectives:
5. Identify the different components of a pistol cartridge.
6. Explain the firing sequence of a cartridge.
7. Explain how to properly identify and store ammunition.
8. State the major types of cartridge malfunctions and how to react to them.
9. Explain the fundamentals of pistol shooting.
Lesson III: Shooting Positions and Shooting Qualifications
Learning Objectives:
10. Demonstrate the learning steps to assume the benchrest position, and shoot
from the benchrest position.
11. Demonstrate the learning steps to assume the Isosceles position, and shoot from
the Isosceles position
12. Shoot the course qualification.10
NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol
Learning Objectives:
13. Properly score a pistol target.
14. Explain the basic guidelines for selecting and purchasing a pistol.
15. Identify the materials needed to clean a pistol.
16. Demonstrate how to safely clean a pistol.
Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development
Learning Objectives:
17. Identify several ways to pursue pistol shooting activities after the course.
18. Successfully complete the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course written

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Basic, Intermediate, Instructor Training Courses, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

You must be able to legally use and/or own a gun in the United States.  

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Before class, you must provide the instructor with a copy of your Basic Pistol and Basic Instructor Certification.  

Bring your gun
100 rounds of ammunition
Eye and ear protection
Drinks if you do not prefer water and/or coffee
Closed-toe shoes
Comfortable clothing
Pen/Paper for notes