NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
Beginners' pistol training the NRA way
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The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation and is available for delivery in two ways. One option is the traditional, instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end. The other option has two components: a self-study or “eLearning module” which is completed online in your own timeframe and a hands-on practical portion conducted in a classroom and shooting range with an Instructor.
Instructor Led Only Training: The Instructor Led Only takes place in a traditional classroom and range environment. This course may be completed in a single day format or over several days with smaller blocks of instruction. To sign up for the Instructor Led Only click on the “Find A Course” icon. This opens the Course Listing page where you will select the Basics of Pistol Shooting-Instructor Led and scroll to the bottom of the page to enter details that refine the search criteria to generate a list of available courses. After selecting a course you will enter your information in the registration fields. The course Instructor will contact you shortly thereafter. Blended Training: The Blended training format provides students the flexibility to complete a significant portion of the course in an eLearning environment, prior to arriving for the classroom and range session with an NRA Certified Instructor. You can find the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Blended course in the same manner as above. When you register for the blended course, you’ll create a unique username and password. The instructor will provide you with a Course Control Code and directions to complete the self-study portion of the course prior to class date. More Details: Course topics include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety. Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.
VENUE: We will start in the classroom and then move to the seasonally-appropriate range for live-fire exercises.
George Nourse Range
16802 Nash Rd.
Nampa, ID 83686
WHAT TO BRING: (This section lists only course-specific gear. See our for other required and recommended items.)
Your handgun—either a revolver or modern semi-automatic, in good working order
- Please make sure your firearm is unloaded, and bring it to class in a case or "gun rug"—NOT in your bare hands!
At least one magazine for your semi-automatic handgun. Revolver users may bring a speed-loader if they wish.
At least 100 rounds of factory new ammunition. FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE DO NOT PERMIT USE OF RE-LOADED OR HAND-LOADED AMMUNITION.
Approximately $10-20 for range fees, payable directly to the range, when applicable.
Seasonally, when we conduct range activities indoors, you will need at least three dummy rounds (aka, "snap caps") for your firearm's chambering. DUMMY ROUNDS MUST BE READILY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM LIVE AMMUNITION.
For medical reasons, we regrettably decline to invite or allow pregnant women to participate in our live-fire activities. If you are pregnant and wish to take this class, please do! But kindly allow us to find a time outside of your pregnancy to help you complete the live-fire requirements at no additional charge.