Basic Pistol

Learn To Shoot Safely And Correctly. Whether you are interested in recreational shooting, competition, hunting, gun collecting, historical reenactment, home safety, or personal protection. The basics are where to start!

NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses teach you the safety principles and help you develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude that are needed to successfully pursue you’re shooting interests.

Since 1871, one of NRA’s major objectives has been to provide basic training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Today, NRA Certified Instructors throughout the United States continue this fine tradition of public service by conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.

Basic Pistol

This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students 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 course completion certificate.


What will you learn in an NRA basic course?

Using the NRA training method of Total Participant Involvement, basic courses provide hands on learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Safe firearms handling.
  • Firearm parts and operation.
  • Ammunition and its function.
  • Shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range.
  • How to select, clean and store a firearm.
  • Review of various activities available to help participants develop and improve their shooting skills.
  • Attractive certificates are awarded to participants who successfully complete each basic course.


FIRST (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) STEPS is the latest addition to the NRA’s training programs for new shooters. It provides hands-on orientation to one specific rifle, pistol or shotgun model in as little as three hours, including a one-hour shooting session on a range.

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    My wife and I want to thank you for making us feel comfortable and at ease being our first time handling firearms.
    I wish that all gun stores had your attitude it would make finding the perfect firearm a whole lot easier.

    I have already made several phone calls to family and friends to let them know about our experience with you an the Institute.
    You made us feel like more than students you treated us as we were family.
    We are definitely coming back to take the other recommended classes.

    May God continue to bless you and your family but mostly to keep you safe.
    Thank you for everything and we will see you soon.

    Regards The Parks family.”
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