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NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Basic - Learn the fundamentals of owning and shooting a handgun safely.

Duration: 4 hours classroom, 4 hours range time



Brian Geiswite

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now July 14 Sunday
Altoona, PA
1 - 8 Students 8:00a to 4:00p Brian Geiswite Space Available target icon


The goal of this class is pretty simple. To teach the fundamentals of shooting and owning a handgun in a safe and fun environment. We start the day with registration. After everyone is good to go there is a classroom portion consisting of a PowerPoint and short quiz. There will be hands on demonstrations about safety and gun handling. Then we pause for a free lunch. After everyone is fueled up we hit the range where you will get to try your new skills and put some rounds on paper. When you're ready you will take the test. We have a high success rate of getting students on target so no worries. You got this. Even if you have never shot a gun before, or don't even have your own yet, we can work with you. If you would like advice on buying your first gun so you can bring it to class, please reach out. The instructors from The Sheepdog Academy are here to serve you.

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Topics Covered

Firearms safety rules
Types of pistols and how they function
Range Etiquette
Sight picture and sight alignment
Loading and unloading
Malfunction clearing

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Expectations and Outcomes

Upon completion of this course a student will understand the basic fundamentals of owning and shooting a handgun safely. 

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Basic, NRA Courses

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100 rounds of ammunition
Eye protection
Ear protection
Baseball cap or wide brimmed hat

If you don't have a firearm or need help procuring any of the above items, please contact me, as loaners are available.