NRA Basic Pistol



This comprehensive safety course introduces the student to the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude required to safely own and use a pistol. It is designed for students with no previous experience, and serves as a quality refresher course for intermediate and expert shooters alike.

Course Description

This objective-based course will teach the students will about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and shooting activities. During live-fire exercises, students will safely load, fire, and unload a pistol in casual, stress-free environment that provides ample opportunity to successfully achieve the course objectives.

Prerequisites and Costs

This course assumes that the student has no previous firearms experience.

  • Course Cost: $125 (includes course handbook, materials and handouts, and instruction)
  • Range Fees: $10 (paid to the range facility in cash)
  • Pistol Rental: $40 (Optional: Allows for the use of a pistol for the live fire exercise and includes 150 rounds of ammunition!)

Discounted Rate: Bookings for groups of 2 or more students for the Delaware Concealed Training (which includes the NRA Basic Pistol course) reduces the Course Cost to $200 per student!

Special Offer: If you would like the training, documentation, and a course completion certificate for the State of Florida's concealed license (Florida has concealed carry reciprocity with 30 states), you may do so for an additional investment of only $25 when you schedule your Delaware CCDW course. This training alone is normally offered for $120.

Course Outline

Topics covered include:

  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and Storage
  3. Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  4. Firing the First Shots
  5. Gun Maintenance and Care
  6. Pistol Sports and Shooting Activities
  7. Target Scoring and Shooting Drills for Accuracy

Required Equipment

  • Quality functional pistol. (Rentals available for $40 and includes 150 rounds of ammunition!)
  • 150-200 rounds of ammunition.
  • Clothing suited to the weather and activity. (No open toed shoes; avoid v-necks, low-cut, and collared shirts)
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate safety glasses, or non-shattering prescription glasses.
  • Earmuffs and/or earplugs (electronic ear protection strongly recommended).

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and course completion card.. A short written exam will be presented at the end of the classroom instruction.

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