A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed
to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, it is a well recognized fact that they
can be the hardest to learn.
The Basic Pistol course can be as short
as ten hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various
types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on
the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.
“To teach the basic knowledge, skills,
and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.”
- Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
- Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
- Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
- Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
- Pistol Sports and Activities
The are no prerequisites for taking this
course and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire
exercise and a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic
Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”
and a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. There is a short written test on the
lesson material at the end of the course.