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NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Blended Learning

Course Description

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is a two-part course consisting of an e-learning portion (completed online-in your own time-frame) and a hands-on practical portion conducted at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA-Certified Instructor. The course is intended for all adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation. Successful completion of both Phases I & II is a requirement is order to obtain a Pistol Permit through the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection; Division of Connecticut State Police and to obtain a non-resident Concealed Weapons License from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 

Course Goal

To promote the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe and proficient use of a pistol and to pass the required firearm qualification

Phase I: Online

This portion of the course is self paced and will be completed online through an automated program. 

Phase II: (Range)

  • The three NRA rules for safe gun-handling, range rules and range commands.

  • Shooting Fundamentals to include dominant eye determination, proper two-handed grip and the five fundamentals of pistol shooting: aiming, breath control, hold control, trigger control and follow through

  • Loading, cocking, de-cocking, and unloading a single-action revolver, double-action revolver and a semi-automatic pistol. and to review how to safely clean a pistol.

  • Student demonstration of the five learning steps to shoot from the bench-rest position, the five learning steps to shoot from the Isosceles position and to shoot the course qualification.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • Drivers License and/or State/Federal Issued Photo Identification

  • A Copy of the Phase I Course Completion Certificate

Course Duration

  • Phase I-Four Hours Online

  • Phase II-Five Hours-Range

Course Completion Requirements

  • Demonstration of safe gun handling

  • Demonstration of shooting fundamentals

  • Demonstration and application of pistol mechanics

  • Demonstration and application of shooting positions

  • Firearms Qualification

Course Cost:

  • $325 

Area Lodging

  • Our training locations have several major hotel chains within minutes of our training facility. Our Recruitment Division has secured a discounted rate for course attendees.

  • Once seats are reserved, reservation codes will be made available. Please inquire with with your sales coordinator for more specific information.

Mobile Training

  • Our mobile division is equipped to bring the training to a location of your choice. Please contact us for course costs.

  • This course is shooting course and necessitates a duly authorized range or authorization to discharge firearms on private property.

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