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NRA Basic Pistol Course

Basic - The NRA Basic Pistol Course is a comprehensive and hands-on program that covers essential topics related to handgun safety and marksmanship.

Duration: 8 Hours Classroom & Range



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now May 25 Saturday
Denver, CO
1 - 6 Students 10AM To 6PM Mark Schneider Space Available
Register Now July 27 Saturday
Denver, CO
1 - 6 Students 10AM To 6PM Mark Schneider Space Available target icon


At USFTA, we are committed to promoting safe and responsible firearm ownership. One of the cornerstones of our dedication to firearm safety is our NRA Basic Pistol Course, taught by our NRA certified instructors. This comprehensive course provides beginners with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to safely handle and operate handguns. Whether you are a first-time gun owner or looking to enhance your existing firearm proficiency, our NRA Basic Pistol Course is designed to empower you with the expertise you need to confidently and safely handle handguns.

Course Overview

The NRA Basic Pistol Course is a comprehensive and hands-on program that covers essential topics related to handgun safety and marksmanship. Our NRA certified instructors bring years of experience and expertise to the classroom and the firing range, ensuring that you receive the highest quality instruction.

Course Content:

  1. Firearm Safety: The course begins with an in-depth exploration of firearm safety principles. Students will learn about the fundamental rules of safe gun handling, including how to safely load and unload firearms, how to handle ammunition, and how to store handguns securely.
  2. Handgun Types and Parts: You will gain a thorough understanding of various types of handguns, their components, and how they function. Our instructors will guide you through the anatomy of a handgun, helping you become familiar with its different parts.
  3. Ammunition: Students will learn about the different types of ammunition, their components, and how to select the appropriate ammunition for their firearms. Safe ammunition handling practices will also be emphasized.
  4. Fundamentals of Shooting: Our instructors will teach you the fundamental shooting techniques, including grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills on the range under the guidance of our certified instructors.
  5. Marksmanship: You will learn how to apply the fundamentals of shooting to achieve accurate and consistent shot placement. Our instructors will provide personalized coaching to help you improve your marksmanship skills.
  6. Maintenance and Cleaning: Proper firearm maintenance and cleaning are essential for firearm safety and longevity. You will learn how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble handguns correctly.
  7. Legal and Ethical Considerations: Understanding the legal and ethical aspects of firearm ownership is crucial. Our instructors will cover topics such as self-defense laws, responsible gun ownership, and the ethical use of firearms.
  8. Live-Fire Range Time: The course includes live-fire range time where you can put your newfound knowledge and skills into practice under the supervision of our NRA certified instructors.


Upon successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol Course, you will receive an NRA certificate. This certification is a testament to your commitment to responsible firearm ownership and safety.

We are dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible and safe gun owners. Our NRA Basic Pistol Course, led by our certified instructors, is an excellent opportunity for beginners and firearm enthusiasts to learn the fundamentals of handgun safety and marksmanship.

Whether you’re interested in self-defense, sport shooting, or simply want to become a more informed and responsible gun owner, our course will provide you with the essential foundation to achieve your goals. Join us in promoting firearm safety and responsible ownership by enrolling in our NRA Basic Pistol Course today. Your safety and the safety of those around you are our top priorities.

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Documentation Requirements

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.