NRA Basic Pistol Shooting

This course is intended for all adults notwithstanding previous experience or affiliation.

The NRA offers two methods of taking this course. There is the e-learning method where students are able to take the course on the internet through a NRA portal on the NRA website. Then students must find an instructor where the course is reviewed and then the shooting portion of the course is done with the instructor. The other method is the instructor-led course. This course is taught by an instructor in a classroom setting and then practical shooting qualifications are done. 

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting consists of two parts. The first part is what is called an e-learning portion (which is completed online at your own pace) and a second part consisting of classroom instruction and a hands-on or practical portion that is conducted at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA Certified instructor.

Once the student has enrolled in the online course, you create a personal identification number (PIN). When you successfully complete the course, printing your certificate will activate that PIN. The activated PIN allows you to register for the instructor-led training portion of the course. Go to, find a course near you, select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting and search.

During the instructor-led training portion of the course, an NRA certified instructor will confirm comprehension/application of gun safety rules; range code of behavior; proper handling; loading and unloading safety procedures; student’s ability to apply the pistol shooting fundamentals; student’s ability to find stable shooting positions; live fire; and a final shooting qualification.

Skills Learned

Some of the topics covered in this course include firearm safety rules, proper use and operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge/selection, selecting and storing the correct pistol to fit the student’s needs, fundamentals of shooting, and the proper inspection and maintenance of your pistol.

Dates and Locations

We now have one NRA Basic Pistol Courses scheduled.

On September 17, 2022, we are holding our first NRA Basic Pistol Course at the Slackwood Volunteer Fire Department. The class will begin at 1:00 P.M. and run through approximately 8:00 P.M. This portion of the class is all classroom. There will be no live ammunitition in the classroom. The firing portion of the class will be held on September 18, 2022 at the Fort Dix Range 14 Shooting Range. This class is not a hard class to pass. There are two qualifications for passing the class. First is a written exam at the end of the classroom portion and a minimum score on the firing portion. Everyone should have no problem passing both.



Thomas J. Wilson

Step 1: Register Online for the Class

Click the button below to register for the class on the NRA website. Then select the student courses button. Scroll to the Pistol Courses and select this button. Fill in the required information. Choose the correct class and instructor, and fill out the information to register for training.

Step 2: Make Online Payment


NRA Basic Pistol Course

Once registered, please make payment so that your seat will be saved. Seats are saved once payment is received, not once registered.


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