Firearms Training Centers

Basic Pistol

A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn.

Course Goal

"To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely." The Basic Pistol course can be as short as 8hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.


1.        Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
2.        Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
3.        Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
4.        Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
5.        Pistol Sports and Activities


The are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a "Basic Practical" rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying "group". There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course


Range Time

This course requires you to shoot a firearm. For this class, the range that will be used is 1/2 mile away on the same street

Name Price
NRA Basic Pistol Permit $140

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