A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are
small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn to handle.
The Basic Pistol course can be as short as eight 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.
1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
2. Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
3. Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
4. Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
5. Pistol Sports and Activities
There are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion
of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a
qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.