NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – Instructor Led Training (ILT)

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – Instructor Led Training (ILT)


NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course – ILT

$120 per student (plus $20 range fee)

Prerequisites: None

Length of course: 10 hours (This course can be conducted in 2 days at your request)

This course introduces the student to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Through this course, the student will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. The Basic Pistol Shooting Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses. The entire course is instructor led.


Course consists of the following:

  • Gun Safety Rules
  • Types of Pistols
  • Understanding a Revolver & a Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Ammunition
  • The Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Shooting Positions
  • Pistol Shooting Errors
  • Clearing Pistol Stoppages
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Selecting Pistols, Ammunition & Accessories
  • Maintaining Your Skills

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling

Learning Objectives:

  1. State the course goal and any special requirements for the five lessons.
  2. Identify the principal parts of a pistol and the types of pistol actions, and demonstrate how they function.
  3. State, explain and apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling.
  4. Demonstrate how to handle a pistol in a safe manner.

Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the different components of a pistol cartridge.
  2. Explain the firing sequence of a cartridge..
  3. Explain how to properly identify and store ammunition.
  4. State the major types of cartridge malfunctions and how to react to them.
  5. Explain the fundamentals of pistol shooting.

Lesson III: Shooting Positions and Shooting Qualifications

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the learning steps to assume the benchrest position, and shoot
    from the benchrest position.
  2. Demonstrate the learning steps to assume the Isosceles position, and shoot from
    the Isosceles position
  3. Shoot the course qualification.

Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol

Learning Objectives:

  1. Properly score a pistol target.
  2. Explain the basic guidelines for selecting and purchasing a pistol.
  3. Identify the materials needed to clean a pistol.
  4. Demonstrate how to safely clean a pistol.

Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify several ways to pursue pistol shooting activities after the course.
  2. Successfully complete the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course written examination.

Red, White, and Blue Certification

Students must qualify at the Level 1: Red level to earn a Basic Pistol Course Completion certificate. Once the student accomplishes the Level 1: Red level, instructors are encouraged to offer them the opportunity to qualify for the Level 2: White, Level 3: Blue, and Instructor level endorsements on their certificates.

  • Qualification for Level 1: Red is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 10 feet.
  • Qualification for Level 2: White is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 15 feet.
  • Qualification for Level 3: Blue is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 20 feet.

Instructor Certification

Students will also be afforded the opportunity to shoot to the same qualification standard an NRA Certified Instructor must shoot. Student will shoot 20 shots from 45 feet at the NRA Instructor Training Qualification Target. If the student is able to place 16 of the 20 shots within a six inch group, the student would earn the instructor level endorsement. Each endorsement is something they would be proud to share with their friends and family.

Students will receive:

  • NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook
  • Student Exam

Full Payment Including Range Fee

$120 each student (Plus $20 range fee) 

Full Payment Rainbow Shooting Range Members

$120 each student ( 

Deposit Now – Balance Due at Class

$40 each student – non refundable ($100 balance due on-site)