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Frequently Asked Questions about the NRA Basic Pistol Course

Below are answers to the most common questions we get about the NRA Basic Pistol Course. You can click here to see any upcoming scheduled NRA Basic Pistol Courses.

The course will cover all of the basics of owning and operating a pistol. The course will include disassembly and reassembly of your firearm, ammunition, nomenclature, fundamentals of shooting, safety, and cleaning. We will also be providing you with range time where you will be able to fire both semi-automatic pistols and revolvers in calibers from .22 LR to wherever you feel comfortable. The course includes all NRA manuals, certifications, range time and ammunition.

This class is great for those who are new to pistol shooting or need to refresh old skills. These classes are also great if you are thinking about getting your spouse or children involved in pistol shooting. If you have recently obtained your HQL or MD Wear and Carry and are looking for a new firearm, this is a class in which you can try before you buy. The course cost INCLUDES all your ammunition and firearm use.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.”


  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  3. Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  4. Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  5. Pistol Sports and Activities


The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

What forms of payment will accept for the course?

Cash, check, or credit card (Visa, or MasterCard). We prefer if you prepay online but should you feel uncomfortable you can call us to make other arrangements. (Phone number above)