NRA Basic Pistol

This class meets or exceeds the qualifications set forth in Florida Statute 790.06 (2)(h) for qualifications needed for a Concealed Carry License

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

Course Description
This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

Course Lessons

    • Safety
      • Basic Firearm Safety
      • Safe Firearm Storage
    • Pistol Mechanisms and Operation
      • Types of Pistols
        • Revolver parts and operation
        • Semi-Automatic pistol parts and operation
        • Operating single and double action revolvers
        • Operating single and double action semi-automatic pistols
      • Ammunition Fundamentals
    • Building Pistol Shooting Skills
      • Fundamentals of pistol shooting
      • Fundamentals of pistol shooting positions
        • Benchrest Position
        • Standing Shooting Positions
      • Common pistol shooting errors
      • Clearing common pistol stoppages
    • Pistol Maintenance, Selection, and Use
      • Cleaning and maintaining your pistol
      • Selecting pistols, ammunition, and accessories
      • Pistol shooting activities and opportunities for skill development

Course Length
This is a full day course. A minimum of 8 hours of classroom training is covered. Normally range time will run at least 2 hours and will be done on a following day. Depending on the number of students and their skill levels these times may vary. Range time does not have to be done on the following day and can be scheduled for any open range day. The course, however, will not be complete until the range qualification is passed.

Course Cost
The current cost is $100. This covers all course materials that are used for classroom and range portion of training.

Course Completion
To complete the course a student is required to attend the classroom portion and pass a short written test (open book). Range completion will be assessed by the instructor.

What you need to bring

For this class, you will need the following items:

  • A working and reliable firearm – UNLOADED AND CASED. A firearm can be provided for the range portion. 
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
  • A gun cleaning kit
  • A notebook and pen
  • Water and quiet snacks
  • A lunch