The NRA BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING COURSE course is designed to introduce the new pistol shooter with the safe use, maintenance, and storage of a handgun. The course is now taught in two different methods

The NRA Basic Pistol class does not cover any state or federal firearms laws. The differences between the CWP class and the Basic Pistol class is that in the basic class, you will be exposed to the sporting usage of the pistol as opposed to the defensive usage.  Marksmanship principals will be based on target shooting, not rapidly acquired targets and fast moving attackers.

You are encouraged to bring your personal firearm to the class, but if you have not yet obtained one, you may use our firearms to become familiar with the makes and models often used. This will allow you to make better decisions on what handgun will best fit your physical size and method of carry.

Successful completion of this course will result in the issuance of an NRA Basic Pistol certificate. It will qualify you to move on to more advance NRA courses, such as the Personal Protection series of courses described elsewhere on the web site.  Phase 1 of this course is a prerequiasite for taking the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor course.

The classes are held in various locations, depending on the size of the class and the geographical area that is requested, but the home base is in Columbia just off Bush River Road near Dutch Square Mall.

There are two methods of taking this course.
(BOTH the Phase I of the online course, AND the entire Instructor led course are required prior to talking the Pistol Instructor course.)

1. Online blended learning course method

PHASE 1 (previously the classroom learning)  is taken by signing up on the NRA web site ($60, or I can supply you with an access code for considerably less) and is completely computer based.  PHASE 1 is taken at your own pace. Once you complete the online PHASE1 course successfully, you will be issued a PIN number to bring to us to verify that you have taken the course and passed.

Upon entering into the PHASE 2 course, we will verify that you have received the training you should have, then perform the actual range instruction and firing portion of the course. Some of this will be performed in the classroom to minimize the time required on the range. In order to successfully complete the course, you will have to fire a qualification course and pass it. You will also be able to shoot for higher level qualification award if you choose. ( Pistol Instructor candidates will have to take and pass this phase with a 90% or above score!)

2. The instructor led course

The entire course is led by a certirfied NRA Instructor.
The NRA Basic Pistol class does not cover any state or federal firearms laws. The differences between the CWP class and the Basic Pistol class is that in the basic class, you will be exposed to the sporting usage of the pistol as opposed to the defensive usage.  Marksmanship principals will be based on target shooting, not rapidly acquired targets and fast moving attackers.

You are encouraged to bring your personal firearm to the class, but if you have not yet obtained one, you may use our firearms to become familiar with the makes and models often used. This will allow you to make better decisions on what handgun will best fit your physical size and method of carry.

Successful completion of this course will result in the issuance of an NRA Basic Pistol certificate. It will qualify you to move on to more advance NRA courses, such as the Personal Protection series of courses described elsewhere on the web site.  Phase 1 of this course is a prerequiasite for taking the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor course.

The classes are held in various locations, depending on the size of the class and the geographical area that is requested, but the home base is in Columbia just off Bush River Road near Dutch Square Mall.