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NRA Basic Pistol


Duration: 8 hrs



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Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s 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.

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Topics Covered

  • 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
  • Continued opportunities for skill development

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Expectations and Outcomes

  • Students will receive:
    • 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
    • Course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons and demonstration of firing a qualifying shot group.
  • Students will learn the basic knowledge, demonstrate the basic skills and reflect the proper attitude for safely owning and operating a pistol safely.

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Documentation Requirements

U.S./State Government issued ID required to verifiy ID/Age.

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  • Equipment:
    • Bring your own pistol/revolver. Semi-Automatic Pistol or Revolver (carry case) No holster required (If you do not have one, pistols/revolvers will be available on site)
    • Carrying Case for your Pistol/Revolver
    • Magazine(s) (serviceable) for your pistol
    • Speedloader/Loading strip for your revolver
    • Hearing Protection (electronic hearing protection highly recommended), Eye Protection
    • Suitable range clothing for the weather
  • Ammunition:
    • 200 rounds factory ammunition (NO RELOADS) (Ammunition will be available for purchase at Ed’s Gun Shop)