NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Basic - This is for new shooters or very inexperienced handgun shooters

Duration: 2 hours range time, 2 hours in classroom



David Candler

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
Register Now May 21 Friday
Anderson, SC
2 - 5 Students 9 AM to 4 PM David Candler 5 Spaces Left
Register Now June 18 Friday
Anderson, SC
2 - 5 Students 9 AM to 4 PM David Candler 5 Spaces Left target icon


The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation and is available for delivery in two ways. This is a traditional, instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end. 

Course topics include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety. Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examinationhands-on practical portion conducted in a classroom and shooting range with an Instructor.

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Topics Covered

Handgun safety basics.
Handgun storage
Ammo types and components.
Double action Revolver overview
Single action Revolver overview
Semi-Automatic Pistol overview
Aiming Basics
Stance, Grip, Trigger Control overview
Cleaning Firearm basics

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Expectations and Outcomes

Basic knowledge of handguns
Understanding Ammunition types and uses.
Proper grip
Proper trigger control
Aiming fundamentals
Confidence in using handguns in dry fire and on the range.

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Documentation Requirements

You will need to email what handgun experience you have in the past. 
Also you need to explain what you are expecting from this when done.

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A Glock Airsoft and Smith and Wesson 22LR is available.  If you want experience with a personal handgun please bring gun, holster and ammo for your personal handgun.

Eye Protection and hearing protection is required.

Please contact instructor if you need assistance with safety equipment.