Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Course Goal

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

Course Lessons

  • Pistol Knowledge and Safe Handling
  • Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Firing the First Shots
  • Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  • Pistol Sports and Activities

Additional content will include:

  • Proper cleaning and storage of pistols
  • Pistol selection (based on student requirements)
  • Other pertinent subjects based upon student questions

Course Length:

  • This is a half day course – approximately 4 hours.
  • (This includes all classroom and range time. Depending upon the number of students and their abilities, the course length may vary.)

Course Cost:

  • The fee for this course is currently $50.00


  • There are no prerequisites for taking this course. Just arrive with an open mind and a positive attitude, ready to learn.

Course Completion

  • Students will receive a course certificate.
  • Participants will also receive constructive suggestions and coaching during the live fire exercises.

Other Information and common questions:

  • Who may take this course? - Any person who is legally eligible to possess a pistol. (However, we do request that anyone under age 15 take the course with a parent or legal guardian.)
  • What is the level of the course? – The course is perfect for the beginner or new pistol owner.
  • This is a good class to take if you desire to get your Concealed Carry License and may qualify for 4 hours towards our COncealed carry class.
  • (For those that have not acquired a pistol yet, all major calibers will be covered, as will many safe uses and activities. If you need a refresher, this is also an appropriate course for you.)
  • Do I need to own a pistol to take this course? – No. There are a limited number of pistols available.
  • Do I need to bring eye and ear protection to this course? – Yes, but if you forget, eye and ear protection will will be available.
  • Does this course have a textbook? - Yes.


This Basic Pistol Course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is 4 hours and includes both range and classroom work. Students will learn NRA's rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; cleaning and maintenance of the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. A course certification is issued upon completion.

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