NRA Basic Pistol

Course Goal

"To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely."

Course Cost: $165 (covers books, materials, and certificate.)

Pistol Rental: $30 (Allows for the use of a pistol for the live fire exercise and covers the cost of ammunition -- you may use your own pistol.)

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, 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.


  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 mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Additionally, the student will be eligible to take our Delaware Concealed Deadly Weapon License Course and our Florida Concealed Weapon License Course -- these courses are generally scheduled to run consecutively on the same day or weekend. If your goal is to obtain your license to conceal a firearm, remember to sign up for both!

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