Handgun Training Courses


Basic Pistol Shooting


The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course can last anywhere between 6 and 8 hours and includes classroom and range time teaching to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition types and components; shooting fundamentals; range rules; proper grip; sighting and target alignment; shooting positions, and proper storage and cleaning.

Time spent at the range in itself is worth the price of this course. Students will be given hands-on shooting instruction with at least 4 different types and calibers of handguns, and provided with valuable information on adjusting target acquisition and shot alignment.

FIRST Steps Pistol


The NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation — Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least 3 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.

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