NRA Pistol Classes

NRA Instructor-led BASIC Pistol Class

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 The NRA Instructor-led Basic Pistol Shooting Course is a full-day, hands-on class for law-abiding US citizens desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning, maintaining, & using a pistol safely. 

NRA Pistol Instructor Course

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 The goal of the NRA's Pistol Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course. 

NRA INSTRUCTOR-LED BASIC PISTOL CLASS

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Note to Pistol Instructor Candidates:

Successful completion of the NRA Instructor-led Basic Pistol Class is a prerequisite to the NRA Pistol Instructor Course.  Package Pricing is Available!

Overview of the NRA Instructor-led Basic Pistol Class

The NRA Instructor-led Basic Pistol Shooting Course is a full-day, hands-on class for law-abiding US citizens desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning, maintaining, & using a pistol safely.


The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting class will be held with an instructor at our facility.  We will work hands-on with various pistols to ensure you know how to safely load, cock, fire, de-cock, & unload the different action types.  We will practice various stances to see what works best for you using the Fundamentals of Shooting.   And then?  We go shoot some pistols!  Once we're done shooting for the day, we will do a detailed pistol breakdown and cleaning. 


A Ladies-Only class is offered at least once per month. 


Lessons in the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting class include:             


Pistol Knowledge & Safe Gun Handling

  • Gun Owner's Responsibilities
  • Why Americans own pistols
  • Safe Gun Handling Rules
  • Types of Pistol Actions
    • Single Action Revolver
    • Double Action Revolver
    • Semi-Automatics


Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting

  • Pistol Cartridge Components
  • Rimfire vs. Center-fire
  • Firing Sequence of a Cartridge
  • Cartridge Designation & Identification
  • Cartridge Malfunctions & How to Respond to Them
    • Hangfire
    • Misfire
    • Squib Load
  • Dominant Eye
  • Grip & the Five Fundamentals
    • Aiming
    • Breath Control
    • Hold Control
    • Trigger Control
    • Follow Through


Shooting Positions & Qualification

  • Range Layouts, Limits, & Rules
  • Range Commands
  • Benchrest Position
  • 2-Handed Isosceles Position
  • Sight adjustments vs. "Kentucky Windage"


Scoring Targets & Selecting & Maintaining a Pistol

  • How to Score a Target
  • Factors in Pistol Selection
  • Proper Care of Your Pistol


Continued Opportunities for Skill Development


You will need to provide:       

       

  • A notebook           
  • A pen & highlighter           
  • Eye & ear protection            
  • Your pistol*          
  • Your Owner's Manual (if you have one) 
  • 150 Rounds of ammunition (minimum)* ** 
  • Your cleaning kit (if you have one)
  • A towel or cleaning mat (if you have one)

 

       * Firearms can be provided for an additional fee, or you may bring your own.  A .22 is STRONGLY           recommended, but bring what you have.  The shooting qualification will be completed with a .22.           Then we can practice with your gun if you have brought a different caliber with you.


       ** This minimum is for .22 ammunition.  You may bring more if you desire.  You can fire more than 150               rounds if time permits.  Don't forget ammo in your caliber if you're bringing something other than a            .22.


Reminders:

Defensive Specialties, LLC requires any student under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  For shooting classes, students must be at least 8 years old due to the rules at our range. 


Ladies:  If you are pregnant or nursing, we will require a written doctor's authorization allowing you to shoot & handle ammunition. 


Shooting exercises are conducted at an outdoor range.  Please dress appropriately.  Eye & ear protection is required.  We recommend a high-necked shirt.  Hot brass can blister.  Flip-flops, sandals, & bare feet will not be allowed.  You must wear full-coverage shoes such as tennis shoes. 


Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.


Class Materials, a Completion Certificate, Lunch, & Range Fees are included in the course fee.  


There is a (minimum) non-refundable $50.00 deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.


While you will see classes set up in the calendar, our schedule is flexible.  Please contact us if you have a specific date in mind & a different class is listed.  We will try to work with your schedule.


Family, Group, & Multi-Class Discounts are available.  Gift certificates are available. 

Got a question? We're here to help!

Instructor classes are offered once per month (in conjunction with the Basic class in that discipline).


We try to offer Basic classes once per week for your convenience.  If a basic class doesn't meet your schedule (or if you have a specific date in mind & something else is scheduled), please contact us.

NRA BASIC PISTOL INSTRUCTOR COURSE

The goal of the NRA's Pistol Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course.


We conduct this course the 3rd weekend of every month.


This class is for EXPERIENCED shooters only.   It is to teach you the NRA methods for teaching a basic pistol student, not to teach you how to shoot or work handguns.  You MUST be familiar with single-action, double-action & semi-auto handguns.


This course consists of 3 parts over 2-3 days:


An Instructor-led Basic Pistol course (See above) - We try to offer this class once per week, including the day before the Pistol Instructor course starts. Other dates can be set up.  IF YOU HAVE TAKEN AN INSTRUCTOR-LED BASIC PISTOL CLASS WITHIN THE LAST 5 YEARS, YOU ARE EXEMPT. We will need a copy of your certificate.  We try to complete all prerequisites during this day. (See below.)


Basic Instructor Training (BIT) -  If you have taken BIT within the last 2 years, please let us know.  This will reduce your class by one day.   If it has been longer than 2 years, you will need to take it again.


NRA Pistol Instructor Training - NRA Pistol Instructors have a choice on how to teach the NRA Basic Pistol course. 


  • One is an Instructor-led class.  This is the same class you are required to complete.


  • The other is a Blended Learning class. Your basic student will take a portion online & then come to you for a thorough review of what they learned & the shooting portion.


          BOTH teaching methods will be taught.


Lessons in the NRA Pistol Instructor Course include:


     Introduction of NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Outline & Lesson Plans


     Instructor-Led Method:


  • Teaching Pistol Lesson 1:  Pistol Knowledge & Safe Handling 
  • Teaching Pistol Lesson 2:  Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting 
  • Basic Pistol Shooting Instructional Method
  • Teaching Pistol Lesson 3:  Shooting Positions & Shooting Qualification 
  • Evaluating & Improving the Performance of Beginning Pistol Shooters
  • Teaching Pistol Lesson 4:  Scoring Targets & Selecting/Maintaining a Pistol
  • Teaching Pistol Lesson 5:  Continued Opportunities for Skill Development
  • Using NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Evaluations & the Performance Requirements Checklist

     Blended Learning Method:


  • Teaching Pistol Exercise I:  Firearm & Range Safety
  • Teaching Pistol Exercise II:  Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting & Basic Pistol Shooting Instructional Method
  • Teaching Pistol Exercise III:  Loading, Cocking, De-cocking, Unloading & Pistol Maintenance
  • Teaching Pistol Exercise IV:  Shooting Positions & Shooting Qualification


Prerequisites (Will be completed immediately after the Instructor-led Basic Pistol Shooting course):


  • Successful completion of the Instructor-led Basic Pistol Shooting course.  (If not taken here, we will need a copy of your completion certificate.)  You must achieve at least a 90% on the written test.


  • Attain a minimum score of 80% on the NRA Pre-Course Qualification:
    •  Loading/Unloading - Safely load & unload a single action revolver, a double action revolver, & a semi-automatic pistol.
    • Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages - Demonstrate how to safely clear a common pistol stoppage using a semi-automatic pistol.  These stoppages include Failure to Fire & Double Feed Drills.
    • Pistol Shooting - You will shoot any handgun of your choice, regardless of action, sights or caliber, at a blank 9 inch diameter paper target at a distance of 15 yards.
      • You will fire 20 shots from a two-handed, unsupported, standing position.  In order for a hit to count, it must fall inside a ½” border from the edge of the plate. Shots that break the edge of the ½” border will count as hits.  All scoring hits on a target must be within a 6” or less extreme spread.  Minimum score required is 80% (16/20 shots).
      • Two re-qualification shoots are allowed within any 24-hour period.
      • (Use of a .22 is recommended.)
      • As an alternate to the NRA Pre-Course Shooting Qualification, you may provide documented proof of Classified Sharpshooter or better in NRA Conventional or Action Pistol, Classified Marksman or better in International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) or Classified "C" or better in US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)/International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) or a certification as an NRA LEO Handgun/Shotgun or Tactical Handgun certified instructor.
    • Failure to successfully complete the prerequisites will result in the forfeiture of your deposit due to the time & expenses involved for the NRA Training Counselor to conduct these tests.


You will need to provide:


  • A 2” 3-ring binder with the Lesson Plans inserted OR the Lesson Plans downloaded to a tablet/laptop  (These will be emailed to you.)
  • Paper, a pen & a different colored highlighter than you used in the Basic class
  • Your Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook (Provided in your Basic class)
  • IF YOU DID NOT TAKE BASIC PISTOL WITH DSLLC, YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION WITH US.  Please bring your pistol, at least 100 rounds of ammo, & eyes/ears.  A .22 is strongly recommended.  Scopes  red dots ARE allowed.


Reminders:


Package pricing includes the Instructor-led Basic Pistol Class, BIT (if necessary), the Pistol Instructor Course, Lunches & Range Fees.


If you have already taken the Instructor-led Basic class, let us know.  This will reduce your course fee & save you a day.   We will need a copy of your certificate.  If it has been longer than 5 years since your Basic Pistol class, you will need to complete all of the Basic Shooting Qualifications as a safety/knowledge precaution.


If you have had BIT within the last 2 years, this will reduce your time by a day.  (We don't charge for BIT, so, no, it won't save you any on the class fee.  Sorry...)  Again, if it has been longer than 2 years since your last BIT class, you will need to take it again.


Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.


The NRA requires that a minimum of 4 people must register in order for an Instructor class to hold.  Registration ends 72 hours before the class starts.


Shooting exercises are conducted at an outdoor range.  Please dress appropriately.  Eye & ear protection is required.  We recommend a high-necked shirt.  Hot brass can blister.  Flip-flops, sandals, & bare feet will not be allowed.  You must wear full-coverage shoes such as tennis shoes.


NRA Processing/Certification Fees are not included.  You will pay this directly to the NRA after your class is completed.


  • Fees for your first NRA Instructor certification are $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.            
  • Additional NRA Instructor certifications are $10 for NRA Members & $20 for Non-NRA Members.
  • Certifications are valid for 2 years.  All certifications will expire on the same date.
  • Re-certification fees are a flat $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.  (You do NOT have to take the class again.)       

There is a $50 (minimum) non-refundable deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.  

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JOIN THE NRA

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If you would like to join the NRA, you may click on the link to the left to go to the NRA website or you may sign up during your class.  Either way, you'll save $10 off the regular sign-up fee.  This $10 discount is in addition to the many benefits of belonging to the NRA.  


What are the benefits of joining the NRA? 


  • Discounts at over 6,000 hotels & motels nationwide
  • Discounts at several different car rental companies
  • Discounts at many other companies such as LifeLock, mortgage/real estate/moving services
  • Discounts at TLC Laser Eye Centres
  • Invitation to apply for No Annual Fee Visa® card with 0% intro APR
  • Legislative updates
  • Subscription to your choice of four award-winning NRA membership magazines
  • 24/7 defense of your firearm freedoms

For NRA Instructor Candidates:  Your NRA Certification Fees will be less!