NRA Basic Pistol Course

This course is approximately 8 hours long and includes both a classroom component and live fire exercises on the range. The course is offered both as a co-ed class and as a “Ladies Only” course – although the content of the two courses is identical. NRA Basic Pistol is designed for the beginning shooter as well as anyone who may have some experience with a handgun, but has never learned the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship the right way.

In Basic Pistol, students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling. Students will learn the operation of both revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. They will learn the different parts of both types of pistols and their operation. They will be taught the different types of ammunition and the manner in which ammunition functions. Students will also learn how to safely clean their pistol and responsibly store their firearms in their home or vehicle.

As for live fire training, students will learn shooting fundamentals and range safety rules. Students will be instructed how to shoot from the bench rest position before proceeding to the two-handed standing shooting position and the one-handed standing position.

Students will also learn of their continued opportunities for firearm skill development. They will receive the 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, and receive a course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009)

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