NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – Instructor Led Only

Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. No prerequisites required.

Two-Day Class: This is the COMPLETE NRA course, covering both semi-autos and revolvers.  Classroom on day one, Range time on day two.

Course Details: This is the COMPLETE course is 8-9 hours long, including 6 to 6½ hours in the classroom and 1½ to 2 hours range time, learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. The time of this class may be slightly extended due to additional hand washing, and sanitizing for your protection.

Course Objectives:

  • NRA’s rules for safe gun handling
  • Pistol parts and functions
  • Ammo components, identification and safe storage
  • Cartridge malfunctions and how to react to them
  • Range rules and commands
  • Shooting fundamentals and positions
  • Basics of purchasing the right firearm
  • Firearms maintenance
  • Shooting qualifications – successfully shooting targets
  • Completing the course exam
  • Continued opportunities for skill development
Proper Gun Cleaning and Maintenance

Students will receive the NRA Basic Pistol Course completion certificate. This class is NOT a concealed carry course; however, it meets the requirements for the Virginia Concealed Permit. It is our intent to present this class in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. Face masks, hand washing, hand sanitizing and tools sanitizing will be practiced and might extend the class time.

We strongly recommend students attend a class specifically for concealed carry in your state that addresses the issues surrounding the use of deadly force, if this is your objective.

Course Fee: $165.00, includes range fees, eye and ear protection, student handbook and exam. This class is limited to students 15 years old and over.  Minors must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian and identification provided. Each participant must provide at least one well fitting facial mask and have rubber gloves if desired.  No personal checks, please.

Classroom Time: 6 to 6½ hours.
Class starts promptly. There is a prepared required NRA presentation and several hands on sessions. The first 15 minutes is for completion of payments, and collection of required forms with signatures, and seating. The classroom portion ends with an exam. The exam is in your student handbook, and is offered as an open book test.  Following sanitation protocols may extend the anticipated classroom sessions. Short indoor and outdoor breaks will be offered as requested or needed.

Range Time: 1½ to 2 hours.
The range is not at the same location. We will continue practicing compliance with government social distancing guidelines. Face masks, hand washing, hand sanitizing and tools sanitizing will be practiced and might extend the range time.  Classes and range time are scheduled to allow for range member reservations and maintenance hours. Please feel free to call. Phone: 757-613-3401. You will be contacted by email after your registration and deposit is complete.  Each student receives the time and individual attention they require to complete their qualification.  If needed, the students are scheduled to prevent long wait times.

Guns and Ammo: The class will provide handguns if needed. Students who wish to shoot their own guns must provide American made factory ammo, no steel core ammo. The minimum number of rounds for the course is 20, to complete the Level One target. You may wish to complete more challenging levels. If you wish to shoot all four target levels, we suggest you bring 150 – 200 rounds, or prepare to purchase it.

If you plan to use provided firearms, we offer .22 ammo at 20 cents per round.  We will buy back any unused rounds.  We recommend a 30 round bag / $6 to start. Only one target (a minimum of 20 rounds) is required to complete the course.  This ammo offer is due to limited supplies and extremely high prices.

Students are encouraged to bring their own unloaded firearm. If students plan to carry firearms for self-defense after obtaining a license to do so, they should bring the caliber of gun they plan to carry. Continued training is highly recommended.


Instructions will follow after registration. This class recommends a provided .22 caliber for all first-time shooters. If you need information on ammo recommendations or selection, please call.
: 757-613-3401

View the table on the registration and payment page, and select the date for the Instructor Led Only course date you wish to attend.  The course takes about 9 hours including lunch and breaks over two days.