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NRA Basic Pistol

Basic - A great way to get started learning firearm safety and how to shoot correctly.

Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours classroom, 1.5 hours range time



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
Register Now September 24 Saturday
Beaumont, TX
8 - 18 Students 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Richard Worthey 18 Spaces Left target icon


This course 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.

We start in the classroom with SIRT laser trainer non-firing pistols to get the student comfortable with handling pistols and learning the essential skills before going to the range to fire their first live shots.

We highly recommend that everyone take this course before attending any other pistol course, including the Texas LTC course. It is suitable for first-time novices, as well as intermediate pistol shooters.

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Topics Covered

  • Essential gun safety rules
  • Different types of pistols and which one is best for you
  • The basics of ammunition
  • The fundamentals of pistol shooting
  • Different shooting positions
  • The most common shooting errors
  • Proper gun cleaning and maintenance
  • How to maintain your skills

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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

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Basic, Intermediate, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

The instructor requires a copy of your driver's license once you register.

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Required Equipment:

We furnish the student with loaner SIRT laser training pistols for use in the classroom, as well as loaner .22 caliber semi-auto pistols with ammo for the live fire portion on the range. We also furnish electronic hearing protection for use on the range.

What to bring:

The student must provide their own safety glasses.

Bring a hat, water to stay hydrated, closed-toe shoes (no sandals or open-toed shoes), and a shirt or blouse that can be fully buttoned to prevent hot brass from going down your shirt!

Also, bring any snacks or drinks for your consumption during the class.

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