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The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Through this course, the students will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. The Basic Pistol Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses. Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a certification in NRA Basic Pistol.
The NRA Basic Pistol Course is broken down into five lessons. Course length will vary. Students will be given a break for lunch.
- Lesson I: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
- Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
- Lesson III: Shooting Positions and Shooting Qualifications
- Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol
- Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development
- Eye and hearing protection
- Firearms appropriate to platform being taught (semi-auto/revolver or both). Firearms are also available for students to rent during the course.
- 200 rounds of factory ammunition. No reloads allowed.
- Appropriate range attire. No open toed shoes, no low-cut clothing.
- Water bottle
- Pencil and note pad
- Gun cleaning kit (if you have one)
- Bug Spray
Call for pricing. Group Rates also available
- Certified NRA Basic Pistol Course. Taught by Certified NRA Instructors
- NRA Basic Pistol Certificate upon successful completion
Every guest must read and sign the online Waiver before they are allowed into the center.
Required and Suggested Equipment
NRA Basic Pistol Course Schedule (subject to change)
Course Length and Time Requirements:
Course is typically scheduled as a 1 day event.
The course length of the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is based on the estimated
length of each lesson indicated in the lesson plans. The actual course length may vary, as the time required for each lesson will vary based on class size, student experience and comprehension level, student-to instructor ratio, weather, and unforeseen circumstances.
This course has been designed to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling. It may
be conducted a few hours at a time over several days or it may be conducted as a one-day
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Before arriving, every guest must read and sign the online NRA Whittington Center Waiver.
Located near beautiful Raton, New Mexico, the NRA Whittington Center is home to the nation’s premier hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation facility. The NRA Whittington Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generous contributions of donors who want to preserve our heritage of freedom for the next generation of shooters and hunters.