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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

Beginners Course meets the requirements for Maryland HQL, VA, FL, AZ CCW permit. Also, hands-on instructor for the online DC Firearm Safety Course.

Duration: 3 hours plus range



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FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type. With the addition of 1-hour of Maryland State Firearm Law for Maryland residents only. 

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Topics Covered

Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. 

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Expectations and Outcomes

Will receive certification and be able to apply for a Maryland HQL if you are a Maryland resident and apply for most concealed carry permit in most states. 

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