The course goal is to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. The NRA Basic Pistol course is a blended training course, which means a portion of the course is conducted online and can be completed on your own time. The e-learn portion will teach gun safety rules; types of pistols; proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols; ammunition knowledge and selection; selecting and storing a pistol; the fundamentals of pistol shooting; clearing stoppages; zeroing; pistol shooting errors; and pistol inspection and maintenance. Once the online portion is completed, students are able to enroll in the instructor-led training portion of the course. With an NRA Certified Instructor present, you will demonstrate comprehension and application of gun safety rules; range protocol; proper handling; loading and unloading procedures; application of pistol shooting fundamentals; stable shooting positions; live fire; and shooting a final qualification.
BASICS OF RIFLE SHOOTING The course goal is to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a rifle safely. You can expect approx. 8 hours of instruction including classroom and live-fire range time learning to shoot rifles. You will learn NRA's rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, standing, prone, kneeling and sitting positions; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules card, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate.
BASICS OF PERSONAL PROTECTION IN THE HOME
The NRA's Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is for law-abiding citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law. It is important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to asses various situations and make mature decisions. The NRA Basic Personal Protection series is based on the building block approach, moving from simple to the complex. The NRA Basic Pistol Course is the first is the first in the series and builds the basic skills of handling, shooting and cleaning the firearm. The second course is NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course, which builds on the skills learned in the Basic Pistol Course. This unique course addresses the aspects of a total personal protection strategy in the home. Topics include techniques and strategies to deter burglars, home invaders and other professional criminals as well as shooting positions, firing techniques, cover/concealment, and clearing various malfunctions.
Participants in this course must be experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing a firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA First Steps Course Certificate, NRA competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing a Pre-Course Assessment.
BASICS OF PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME
The NRA's Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home Course is an intermediate level shooting course on how to use a firearm for self-defense, and requires students to have already mastered safe gun handling and basic marksmanship skills prior to attending this course. This course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude involved in safely, responsibly and effectively employing a concealed pistol for self-defense. This is an intensive course, as the student must learn and practice many diverse shooting skills in order to respond quickly and appropriately to the broad range of threats he or she may encounter outside the home. Similarly, the student must also learn and understand the unique safety and legal issues that apply when a concealed pistol is carried in public. The course covers the legal ramifications of concealed carry, including who can legally carry a pistol, when concealed carry is and is not permitted, the legal and ethical ramifications when responding to a life-threatening encounter using a concealed pistol, and the legal, moral, emotional, and social aftermath of using deadly force outside the home.