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Course Description


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.


Course Goal


“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.


Course Completion

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.