Basic Pistol I

Course Description: This course is intended for people with little or no pistol shooting experience. It is an introduction to the basics of pistol shooting, including the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to shoot a handgun safely and accurately. This course is intended to teach students enough that they can make a better informed decision about handgun selection, and be able to do additional practice at local shooting ranges. This course does not fully prepare students with no shooting experience to pass the CHL shooting test. Students wanting to learn enough to pass the CHL test should also take Basic Pistol 2.

Topics: basic safety, gun parts and operation, and fundamentals of marksmanship.

Length: three hours

For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.

Prerequisites: none

Required Equipment: We will provide a variety of handguns and 50 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection. Students will have the opportunity to try several different makes/models/calibers as part of the course. Students should also bring a baseball cap (to deflect spent brass), pen and paper.

Optional Equipment: none

Taught by: Karl Rehn, Penny Riggs, or other staff NRA certified instructor

Facility: A-Zone Range

Additional information: Staff instructors are also available to teach this course privately to adults and juniors. Juniors must have a responsible parent or guardian present at all times during the course, and parents/guardians who have not had previous formal firearms training (military, police, NRA, etc.) are required to take the course along with their junior(s). We can teach this course at almost any public or private range in a single block or in segments. Costs, times and locations for private instruction will vary based on location, schedule, number of students and instructor availability.

Here are some photos from previous Basic Pistol courses.

What are the differences between Basic Pistol 1, Basic Pistol 2 and Beginner Pistol? Answers here.

Trying to decide what kind of pistol to buy? Read our Handgun Selection Guide.