Firearms & Tactics Training



NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting

Training - Basic Pistol

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

  • Prerequisite: This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law desiring to learn the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm.

  • Description: 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.

  • Course Materials: 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.​

Basics Pistol Course Student Packet